The Popeseye Steakhouse Highgate Hill
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Just as Malbec grows well in Argentina thanks to the Andes shield, so too does the grass of Aberdeenshire, protected on its west-flank from Atlantic storms by the UK’s highest mountains. For a cow it’s grass-heaven. Canny farmers send their stock to be “finished” on Aberdeenshire soil. It is this “finishing process” which makes our beef amongst the world's best, aged for a minimum of 28 days and transported from the North of Scotland from a 100+ year old butcher.
The restaurant is the 3rd Pope's Eye and run by James Hutchison son of the founder Ian Hutchison, who opened the Hammersmith branch in 1994.
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - 6pm - 10:15pm
Friday - 6pm - 10:15pm
Saturday - 6pm - 10:15pm
Sunday - Closed
We had another great evening at the Popeseye Highgate, (have been 5 times now! Various reasons Anniversary, Birthday, family get together, Father's Day and just because we wanted a good steak dinner.
The Steak was amazing as always, cooked to perfection by James the owner, the fries and salads are really good too!
All 6 of us thoughy enjoyed our meal and evening.
I would recommend the Popeseye.
The service was very good.
They have a great wine and Scotch list too!
Restaurant was very well presented. Ordered Fillet & Sirloin steaks and ask for medium rare. As we were the only 2 in the restaurant was very surprised that it took so long to be served. When we were finally served both steaks looked very black and burnt. Thought they would be redeemed when we cut into them, not to be, both were well done.
Not a very good impression of a "Steak" Restaurant.
We didn't know what to expect from the website but when my steak arrived (20oz Sirloin) I was delighted. Steak comes with chips which are also good. If you have room the sticky toffee pudding was awesome!
Great steak cheaper than more well known Hawksmoor etc but for me even better!
The steaks at Popeseye are excellent and this occasion was no different. However, they seemed a little understaffed this time - there was just one waitress, and it turns out that she also had responsibility for preparing some of the food so it generally took her a while to get round to serving us. There was also a slightly unfortunate altercation between the waitress and the chef at one point which did dent the atmosphere somewhat. But the waitress gave us double brownie dessert to make up for it - and the brownie was amazing. I'll definitely be going back but I hope they can increase the number of staff a little - one more person would have done it.
Very disappointing. After searching for an alternative to expensive Argentininan steakhouses, I came across this place. Poor kitchen discipline, poor service. The wine list is limited and expensive.
The steaks were okay - my partner and I had a platter of 4 different cuts, which were well cooked and seasoned, but I was expecting more after all the hype, and especially at this price.
However, one of my guests ordered a burger - the server took pains to explain they were made on the premises, and then frozen, which was why you couldn't order them medium or rare, only well-done. Far from being well-done, it was still frozen in the middle when it arrived at the table. When a properly defrosted and cooked burger arrived half an hour later, the rest of us had finished our steaks. And the compensation? A free £5 dessert! Not good practice in any way.
The service was extremely slow - not the waiting staff's fault - there was only one server in the whole restaurant, and in spite of working very hard, she simply didn't have the time to keep up with the customers' requests.
The overall impression - very unprofessional.
Totally over priced and understaffed. Steaks were not cooked how they were asked for and were only ok.
Forget Gauchos for steak - this restaurant only serves Scottish beef and it is truly mouthwatering. I have been twice now and had both Sirloin and Rump. The menu is limited but succinct and carefully chosen. Well recommended. Keep up the great standard James....
I went to Popeyseye with some friends as part of our aim to find the Best Steak in London and we loved this place. It ranks highly in our list :)
Wanting steak, we decided to book Popeseye which I had read about. On a Sunday evening the restaurant was almost empty, only two other parties. By the time that we left at around 9:30, we were the last guests.
The menu is simple, focussed on steak. I ordered ribeye and my companion ordered rump (they had run out of sirloin). We also had a salad to share. My ribeye was an exceptionally good steak, very tender and with a good taste, with a nice charred crust. The rump, though good was not so special. The salad was simple leaves and tomato with a light mustard dressing, just right to accompany the steak. Chips were english style, crisp and tasty. A selection of condiments, various mustards, horseradish and béarnaise is brought to the table, but we didn't try them, the steaks tasting good without embellishment.
The wine list concentrates on reds with a good selection of steak friendly wines, and the prices are not too grasping, although it should be updated as the 2012 Mendoza Malbec that I ordered turned out to be a 2013; albeit a good wine to accompany the meal.
There is a limited selection of puddings and even so the listed sticky toffee pudding was not available. However, my companion loved her chocolate brownie, and I enjoyed some fruit sorbet.
The waitress was enthusiastic and helpful. I hope that she wouldn't be expected to cope alone if the restaurant was busy.
There's no real point going to Popeseye if you don't want steak, but if you do it is well worth a visit. I hope it does well as it stands out locally and I definitely plan to return.
Vastly overpriced. The steak was fine but the chips may as well have been oven chips from a chip pan and the sides/sauces weren't any better than pub grub standard.
This second visit did not live up to the first. Steaks were still good and nicely cooked but the rest of the meal and wine came minutes later leaving us with steaks cooling on the plates. My companion remarked his was cold. The broccoli was undercooked. It's a nice cosy little restaurant but the service although friendly but not very slick.
We wanted to pop in so many times so we did. Poor service. Meat was nothing special compared to Gastro pubs. Won't be going back.
The place looks lovely, super cosy and very bistro-like. The steak was very nice, but we've had better and the chips, crispy but fairly standard. Anyway the service.... we sat and asked for a glass of prosecco each - they don't do prosecco at all, only Champagne by the half or full bottle but no half bottles that evening. We asked about starters - don't do starters but can do a small mac and cheese. The young man serving had zero smiles, no real welcome, no how are you - monosyllabic in his tone and answers. We felt drained within the first 5 minutes of entering. Then a breath of fresh air walked into the room - a young spritely waitress full of lot's of alternatives and banter. Phew! we thought but as the night progressed and we got a lot hotter with the radiators on full blast we soon realised that no matter what anyone said, it was the customers at fault, not the restaurant or her. I had asked to turn the heating down and the door slightly ajar for a few minutes which she eventually agreed to but as I was leaving, she had to get in her little dig at me and commented 'oh you look cold now' as I threw my shawl over my neck to leave. I told her she ruined my evening but she didn't really care, giving me the most disingenuous 'oh really?' response I've ever received. She was happy and skipped off back to work.
Friendly service, great steak....easy parking nearby. Now a firm favourite of ours!
Having only just discovered it, we thought we'd give it ago. We weren't disappointed. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the waitress (who was exceptional). The service and the food were amazing. We booked a table at 7.15pm and didn't have to wait for anything. Though I could see that not being the case, if you booked later, as it was getting a lot busier when we left. They had also run out of house red, due to being busy the night before, not a major problem as the wine selection is pretty good. The steak was one of the best I've eaten. All in all a great night out, great food, great staff and nice atmosphere. Would definitely go back.
Having been to the Putney Popeseye on several occasion when I used to work nearby, I was delighted to learn that they were opening a new restaurant in Highgate. I went with my parents and wife to celebrate my dad's birthday and all four of us very much enjoyed our meals.
The wine list is excellent, the menu is simple; they stick to what they do best, a selection of different sizes and cuts of great steaks and a small selection of excellent sides and desserts. I would recommend the macaroni cheese side and the fries and selection of sauces are also very good. If you have any room left, the cheesecake and crumble are both very good options.
Popeseye at 36 Highgate Hill was a nice discovery. Companion wanted a steak so we gave it a go. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Steaks, chips perfectly cooked and side salad delicious. Helped along by a good Cotes du Rhone. Companion may go back and play guitar when they introduce live music. All rather successful.
Wonderful steak in a lovely place. Great whisky selection too. Friendly and attentive service helped make for a lovely evening.