We visited Tomahawk Steakhouse for the first time this week. It’s a restaurant with an impressive menu. It’s situated in the corner of St Helen’s Square, next to The Mansion House down the walkway that leads to Lendal Cellars.  It has a cute little courtyard space in front which must be glorious on an evening with fire heaters and festoon lights.

Tomahawk Steak Restaurant York

Also, loving the cow standing guard, ready for a selfie.

Tomahawk Steak Restaurant York review

Inside does not disappoint either with its large booth tables for six and seating on different levels (the restaurant is much larger than I was expecting).

Inside Tomahawk Steak Restaurant York

You can see what a gorgeous, atmospheric building it is inside.

Inside Tomahawk Steak Restaurant York

Starter options include Duck Pancakes, Chicken Satay Skewers and Butchershop Croquettes.  My friend chose the Crispy Squid (with Asian slaw, chorizo jam & roasted garlic & lemon mayo.)

Tomahawk York Review
Crispy Squid (with Asian slaw, chorizo jam & roasted garlic & lemon mayo.)

While I started with Pan Asian Dim Sum (Duck & chicken mixed Chinese style steamed dumplings,
served with soy and chilli dipping sauce).  They were delicious and a good sized portion, and something really different for a steakhouse.

Pan Asian Dim Sum (Duck & chicken mixed Chinese style steamed dumplings, served with soy and chilli dipping sauce).

Main courses included lighter options such as a Philly Steak Wrap, Parmo Chicken Wrap and one that I’ll be trying another time – The Beef Gravy Dipper Sandwich (12 hour slow cooked beef brisket on a sub roll, Frenchie’s mustard, Swiss cheese & roast onions, served with our famous beef gravy dipping pot and beef dripping chips).  Or you could try the Clubhouse Beef Burger.  Both burger and Beef Dipper come in at a very reasonable £9.95.

The reason we visited though was to try their extensive steak selection, which included Fillet, Porterhouse, Chateaubriand and the eponymous ‘Tomahawk’ which I would love to try one day.  At 36oz the Tomahawk is definitely one to share!  My friend chose the Signature 10oz flat iron, (best served medium rare,
marinated in Tomahawk Flat Iron rub).

All the steaks are served with two of the eighteen sides available.  She chose Beef Dripping Chips and Mixed Greens with Chilli Pesto Butter (the beef dripping chips come highly recommended by us both as I pinched one!).  She chose to have her steak rare:

flat iron steak at Tomahawk
Signature 10oz flat iron (served  rare, marinated in Tomahawk Flat Iron rub).

Whilst I went for a Medium 10oz Ribeye, served with Roast New Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan and Beetroot, Stilton and Walnut Salad.

Ribeye steak at Tomahawk York
10oz Ribeye, served Medium.

I have nothing but praise for my meal.  The ribeye had also perhaps been treated to a rub, it was certainly seasoned to perfection.  The only downside being that my pepper sauce was slightly defunct as the steak flavour was so good, I didn’t want to drown it.  The salad came with lots of walnuts and really large chunks of stilton and the bacon on the potatoes was wonderfully crispy.  

Now, it has to be said, you really need to bring your appetite (and stretchy trousers) to Tomahawk as the portions are large and the food is too tasty to leave any behind.  That said, we couldn’t leave without sampling the desserts.  My friend went for the Limoncello Crème Brûlée served with a white chocolate chip cookie, the surface of which made a divine cracking sound when she plunged her spoon into it!

Limoncello Crème Brûlée
Limoncello Crème Brûlée

I went for another favourite of mine, an Eton Mess Sundae (Strawberry & raspberry, meringue, vanilla cream, coulis and strawberry ripple ice cream.  I have to say, I think this was the best Eton Mess I’ve ever had (and if you could see me, you’d know I’ve tried more than my fair share).  It was delicious, lots of raspberry coulis and no stinting on the meringue which I often (grumpily) find to be the case.  Simply wonderful!  Try it and thank me later!

Eton Mess Sundae

We had a great meal at Tomahawk – the restaurant itself is plush, modern and comfortable, the staff were lovely and the food was to-die-for.  Get yourself there and see what you think.


Also see our post on other steakhouses in York.

We were invited to visit and review, as always, all opinions are my own.




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