Yes we know summer’s coming and we should be tucking into artistically arranged salads not ruddy great slabs of livestock but when somewhere is billed as the best steak in London... well, as red-blooded, cow-chewing men we feel honor bound to visit.
Don’t let the hopeless name and the fact that the JW Steakhouse is housed in the powdered egg salesman conference graveyard that is the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane put you off.
Once inside, the décor says New York steakhouse with sufficient vim and vigour and the meat on offer is of the USDA prime corn fed variety which gives it a slightly mushier texture if you like your steak rare, or chewier if you go (sacrilegiously) for well-done. It all feels very authentic.
The signature steak is a dramatic 32 ounce, on-the-bone rib eye aptly named The Tomahawk which, like its missile namesake, looks like it would wreak havoc with the rest of your day (though the diner at the table next to ours was making appreciative noises throughout his experience).
Maryland-style lump crab cakes as a starter were creamy and delicious as was the cheesecake — though you’ll need to rope in three other people to help you finish it. It’s gigantic.
Oh, and if all that meat and cheese is preying on your conscience as well as your gut you’ll be pleased to know the Grosvenor has just opened a new Fast Trac kitted fitness suite on the first floor. Only another four hours on the treadmill...
JW Steakhouse, 86 Park Lane, London W1, www.jwsteakhouse.co.uk