A very different animal indeed… Having been launched in May 2014 by Goodman, the people behind Burger & Lobster, Beast is London’s catch of the day. Located in Marylebone with an unmarked entrance, all is relatively low key from the outside yet inside is a completely different story. The interior takes form as a colossal banquet hall filled with three heavy wood tables, each big enough for 40 to share by candlelight. At the entrance, two enormous tanks greet you: one teeming with live Norwegian red king crabs, eerily bathed in blue neon light; the other home to ageing cuts of beef, giving a hint
at Beast’s Nordic undertones. With food at £75 a head, the menu includes a casual quarter-wheel of Parmesan and assorted pickles and artichokes to start, and then a Nebraskan ribeye either off or on the bone complete with a sharing platter of sides – baked apples, candied beetroot, green salad and heritage tomatoes. Armed with your own weapons of flesh destruction, tackle your 2.5kg of red king crab – the aptly named ‘beast’ – that’s served sweet and steamed thereafter. Puddings are available if you have room [the deconstructed cheesecake was sensational]. Though the setting may sound romantic, this is not a place for intimate dates; instead expect to see roaring diners wearing crab juice-splattered bibs. Our advice: just enjoy the riot and dine like a medieval lord for the night.