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Oct 19, 2008 04:41 PM

A Dream Steakhouse

Hello Everyone!
I would really appreciate if You could give me just 2 minutes of your precious time and help with my project concerning Steakhouses in the UK.
As we all know steakhouses are not the most popular places to eat in the UK and that is why I am asking you to give your opinion on which features should ideal UK style steakhouse have. What do you think it should look like (restaurant theme,menu, pricing, interior, etc.)?
You help is much appreciated, I would be really,really grateful! Thank you all so much!

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  1. I've noticed since living in the UK that many places or products think the addition of the word 'American' helps with their marketing. Does that mean something positive? I'm still pondering that one. If it does, perhaps you should focus on American steakhouses and what makes them unique - especially the more popular places. Is it the delicious steaks, the dark wood atmosphere, the good onion rings and fries, the huge salad bar etc. Personally, I wouldn't go to a steak house that didn't have unusually good steaks that are good value for the usually expensive cost.

    Perhaps British people have different criteria or tastes. That I don't know.

    1. How would you feel about the steakhouse buffet?

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      1. re: belsnerd

        I have nothing against buffets, but I tend to avoid them. I just never eat enough to get my money's worth. I think they work better with Scandanavian food and some other cuisines, but of course that sort of thing is very popular in the States.. salad bars etc.

      2. I don't eat in steakhouses because a) they tend to be dreadful Angus Steakhouse type places, and b) I don't find steak that exciting and would rather eat it at home.


          I wonder if the price of good steak in the UK makes this a difficult concept to deliver well in the UK? Historically steakhouses like Beefeater and Berni Inns were dire, so the market reputation for steakhouses is damaged. Are places like Maze and Hix's Oyster and Chop houses the new incarnations that we will see start a new trend?

          Or has he trend been the dissemination if the "St John" style of food with places like Hereford Road, and The Anchor & Hope (and other gastro-pubs)? Offal is far less expensive, and very traditional in the UK and therefore is a more successful meat heavy restaurant concept - i.e. good quality meaty food at affordable prices

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          1. re: PhilD

            Buen Ayre in broadway market is a great example of a good steakhouse. (well, an Argentinian parilla)

            not American, not hugely expensive, rustic but simple decor, Great steaks.

          2. How do you feel about the idea of churrascaria and the meat carver wondering around with pieces of meat letting you choose your favourite piece?=) Would that make the experience special?
            So, as far I can see it should be something not American and not buffet, am I right?

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            1. re: belsnerd

              Don't they already do that at Gaucho (a place that I loathed, btw)?