Only in Texas do you get meat of this size served up to you, flame-grilled to meaty perfection. Goodman's City branch opened this week and I couldn't resist the chance for a full-on meat fest. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming, lets hope that it stay this way because ‘Browns’ next door have never bothered being friendly OR welcoming!
The leather booths have that pleasing ‘new-leather’ smell and we ate seated at one which is beneath a black board list of the available beef cuts of the day. Huge 700-900g Porterhouse steaks along with enormous T-Bones, Ribeyes and Sirloins… Enough to satisfy even the most insatiable carnivores among you! Starters aren't really the main appeal for me here, although very nice, let's face it calamari, smoked salmon and Caesar Salad only pale in comparison to the main attraction… an enormous hunk of charred beef. We shared a 700g Porterhouse which was more than enough meat to keep us very happy indeed. A side of truffled chips (which I still felt lacked the desired ‘truffle’ as I just couldn't taste it) and possibly THE best Bearnaise sauce I have ever had in my life, whipped within an inch of it's life giving it a feather light almost moussey-quality that was sheer perfection.
My only gripe was that they despite seeing Truffled Macaroni Cheese on their web-menu, they didn't have it on the restaurant menu. I was absolutely gutted, but have been reassured that they will shortly be adding it to the menu after being inundated with requests for it. Fabulous.
Desserts are pretty straight forward, Creme Brulee, Hot Fudge Sundae, Cheesecake and a good selection of cheeses. The prices aren't cheap, but what else would you expect when the quality of meat is this good? At any rate, this is the City we are talking about… Economising is soooo 2009. City boys are back in full swing and this is only the beginning. For the rest of us non-high flyers, Goodman offers great value on top quality meat and if the City could nominate a dish that best-represent the Square Mile, it would most likely be ‘Steak and Chips’ which for Goodman, can only be a good thing.
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