Steak restaurants are all the rage these days and Park Lane’s Grosvenor House Hotel has captured the zeitgeist with its JW Steakhouse. A surprisingly informal and large restaurant located inside this prestigious hotel, it has been well and truly transformed from its previous incarnation of French brasserie into a classic American style steak joint – Park Lane Style.
Decked out in dark wood panelling, the main restaurant and adjoining private dining room are dominated by the chalkboard at the far end of the room where the different cuts of steak and accompanying sauces are described. The room is flooded with light coming from the vast windows overlooking Park Lane and Hyde Park.
The private room has three double doors onto the main restaurant, so can be as much a part of the buzz if left open, or as secluded – if closed – as the party requires.
Seating up to twelve on a solid oak table, the wooden panelled walls are adorned with black and white pictures of famous patrons of the hotel – everyone from Paul McCartney to Obama, Rod Stewart and even Wayne Rooney.
An oversized purple lampshade hangs above the table, matching the oh-so-comfortable, high-backed armchairs covered in luxurious purple crushed velvet. The table is simply set with dark table mats and steak cutlery and large red wine goblets ready to caress some of the 140-strong bins of mainly American wines.
Private dining room events can order from the a la carte or choose the set menu which starts at £49 for three courses and includes a main choice of steak, chicken or fish and vegetarian and the signature baked American cheesecake or chocolate brownie for pudding (not including tea, coffee or service charge). There’s no room hire but a notional minimum spend of £300 for lunch or £500 for dinner.
It’s also worth noting that in the summer months, there’s an outside terrace overlooking Park Lane, where cigars and a glass of bourbon from the restaurant’s 100-strong list can be enjoyed post-steak.