If you like to find metaphors in your food, steak is the ideal dish to break down gender stereotypes. Sure, this great slab of meat may seem macho on the outside, but whoever wanted one that’s tough? Glide your knife through a perfectly cooked steak and you’ll find that, though it’s charred on the outside, it’s blushing pink on the inside – tender, melting and full of flavour. Is it macho? Not really. Dainty and feminine? No. The perfect steak, much like the perfect man or woman, is all about balance—and once you’ve found the right one – why let it go?
Here are five places for the best steaks in the capital.
Never underestimating the power of quality meat and the flavour imparted by slow cooking it on a wood fire, Holy Smoke rightly deserves its reputation as a meat lover’s paradise. Here, you can choose from T-bone, sirloin, ribeye, and tenderloin, which come with a choice of three sauces—peppercorn, beef jus, or tomato and basil—and an array of sides. The T-bone is big enough for two and comes highly recommended (you need to pre-order it a day in advance), but the chefs at the grill know how to work their meats, so if you’re going solo, the tenderloin and sirloin are winners too.
The Grill Room
We could start and end at the perfectly marbled, perfectly cut, perfectly cooked—basically, well, perfect—tenderloin of Wagyu beef served at The Grill Room at the Lalit, but that wouldn’t be fair to the other steaks on offer. From the grand porterhouse to the New York strip steak, the cut is from Angus beef and the chefs know how to do the meat justice. What’s more, The Grill Room doesn’t just provide a selection of great wine, as each steak comes with a carefully chosen recommendation to make for the perfect wine-meat pairing.
Smokey’s BBQ & Grill (Reserve now)
Smokey’s BBQ & Grill is all about bold flavours. Take their filet mignon served with a wasabi emulsion, or the Two Peppercorn Steak (tenderloin studded with pink and black pepper, coriander seeds and rock salt) as examples, and you’ll see that Smokey’s is not afraid to experiment. Lucky for them—and us—it pays off. Another standout is Steak Two Ways – a dish that offers both simple, grilled tenderloin, and pulled tenderloin ragout in a red wine jus on one plate.
West View – The Grill Room
With no fixed menu, West View at ITC Maurya is all about fresh, quality ingredients. Dishes may not be fancy or complicated, but that’s kind of the point here. For the main course, diners choose from a wide selection of seafood and meat, and send it off to the restaurant’s centrepiece—the grill—to be prepared to each guest’s specifications. Many say the steak here is the best in the city, and that’s largely because the chefs give the meat the respect it deserves by keeping it simple, clean, and perfectly cooked.
Bonus: the dessert here is to die for!
MediumWellDone is proud of their meat and for good reason. The carefully chosen and marinated cuts of beef brought from Bengaluru are displayed for customers to check out before selecting their steak of choice. And if meat is king, you know it’s going to get the royal treatment at this restaurant’s grill, where your preference of rare, medium rare, even the frowned-upon well-done is adhered to perfectly.
Whether it’s T-bone or porterhouse, medium rare or well-done, a good steak is hard to find. Hopefully, you’ll find the right one—or, hey, right two or three or four—at these great restaurants.