Eat Out: The eccentric Eagle, Farringdon London

The Eagle is an eccentric yet traditional London gastropub a short walk away from Farringdon station in Clerkenwell. The food on both occasions I have been has been second to none and I can’t help getting food envy from everyone on my table and those nearby. The Eagle is well known for its Bife-Ana Marinated Rump Steak Sandwich which is piled high and looks divine, a meal in its own right regardless of being served without sides. The menu is ever changing with the grill chef updating the chalkboard throughout the day as dishes come and go and highlighting not only the freshness but demand of the menu. There are a few things like the steak sandwich that make frequent if not daily appearances however.

The first time I dined here I had the ‘Burratta’ Mozzarella, which was needed in the run up to Christmas considering the mammoth amount of meat I’d already eaten. This vegetarian dish was flavoursome, light and filling. The Burratta sat atop bruschetta and a ratatouille style selection of seasonal vegetables that were beautifully seasoned, the accompaniments to this dish are ever changing dependent on the season.

On Friday I choose the Rare Grilled Onglet Steak which was served with roast potatoes, rocket and what appeared to be homemade horseradish. My menu choice a result of the food envy I experienced back in December, and yes I already know what I’ll be ordering next time aswell!
 The steak, whilst rare, isn’t bloody or too undercooked (I normally order medium-rare) and has a great flavour and tenderness. But the roast potatoes stole the show for me with their fluffy centre and crisp but slightly mushed outside. They’re the kind of roast potatoes you dream of being able to cook yourself, well I do anyhow. Personally I love horseradish regardless of its heat but this wasn’t too hot and complemented the steak perfectly opposed to overpowering and disguising the flavour of the meat. The portion sizes are more than plentiful with generous helping of meat and at a reasonably priced £15 this was a great quality piece of steak and overall meal.

The atmosphere here is an added bonus, that will continue to draw me back time and time again. A great place to people watch, relax or talk to other Londoners as you often find yourself sharing one of the larger tables with other diners. The majority of the kitchen is on show alongside the bar and the laid back atmosphere creates a feeling of being in someone’s house for dinner. The manager or owner adds character to the place by serving during the busy lunch periods and ushering people to and from tables, elaborating on the home illusion and feel even more so.

What dish would you recommend I add to my list if you’ve been here before? And if not get yourself over to Farringdon and grab a bottle of wine with some great grub.

The Eagle, 159 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3AL

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