Roxie Steak has long been one of our favourite local restaurants for good quality, reasonably priced steak. They have branches in Putney, Fulham and Clapham Junction, but we’ve only been to the Earlsfield branch as it’s just down the road from us. We’ve been quite a few times in the past few years but not that recently. In fact, we’ve been more often to Borderlaise in Tooting Market in the last few months, so we thought it would be good to visit Roxie again as a bit of a change. We’ve had some really good meals here in the past. The steak is always good quality with a lovely flavour so we were looking forward to our meal which we had booked for 2 on a Saturday evening.
When we arrived the restaurant was only half full. Our booking was reasonably early though and we know from experience, they are usually very busy and often have to turn walk-ins away. The menu has evolved since they first opened and now includes not just steak but some low and slow BBQ as well. They’ve also expanded the cuts of steak on offer from fillet, rib-eye and sirloin to flat iron, rump and picanha.
We decided to begin our meal with starters and selected a Thai beef salad, and the king prawns with chorizo. To accompany the meal we chose a glass of red wine and a gin and tonic.
The food didn’t take too long to arrive and I think it’s fair to say, that neither dish was quite what we were expecting. The Thai beef salad comprised slithers of steak on top of spinach leaves with tomato and cucumber slices. The dressing was soy and ginger and there was a sprinkling of sesame seeds on top. It tasted lovely but I think I had envisaged something a bit more, well, Thai in terms of vegetables.
The prawns and chorizo came in a little pot with a rich creamy tomato based sauce. Accompanying it were slices of toasted ciabatta to help mop up the sauce. A decent amount of prawns and chorizo helped make a very tasty starter although perhaps there was a little too much sauce.
For our main meals, we chose a 200g fillet (cooked medium) with sides of fine green beans and mushrooms…
… and a flat iron (medium rare) with some double cooked chips to share.
The steaks arrived on their slate plates in wooden trays and looked very appetising. Unfortunately, we soon discovered that the flat iron which should have been medium rare (centre in below pic) was over cooked, and the fillet which should have been medium was undercooked (on the right).
A bit of a nuisance, but rather than have them taken back and then wait for replacement steaks and sides, we simply swapped them. Not ideal but not really too much of a problem. It was a bit of a shame and hasn’t happened to us before here. Aside from that, both steaks were very tasty and were thoroughly enjoyed. The sides were all great, with the mushrooms in-particular having a really nice flavour to them, and the chips were great – crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. The bearnaise sauce was rich and creamy, perfect for pouring onto steak and dipping chips into.
Two courses were enough for us today so we skipped dessert, although we have enjoyed them here previously.
Service was friendly and polite, as we expected and had experienced in the past, and by the time we left, the restaurant was almost full.
If you are anywhere around Clapham Junction, Putney, Fulham or Earlsfield and are looking for a good steak for a good price, you will be sure to find one at Roxie. We always leave feeling full and having enjoyed what we have eaten, and today was no different. Of course, we’ll be back again!