Second helpings: Other places you can get stuck into a steak

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This latest addition to Raymond Blanc's popular chain has pulled in a string of local restaurant awards. Like its siblings in Oxford, Cheltenham and Birmingham, the general idea is to recreate the buzz, flavour and value of a Parisian brasserie. One of the ways it does this is by laying on a very good Scotch premium rib-eye with pommes frites and a choice of either béarnaise sauce or Café de Paris.

Le Petit Blanc

This latest addition to Raymond Blanc's popular chain has pulled in a string of local restaurant awards. Like its siblings in Oxford, Cheltenham and Birmingham, the general idea is to recreate the buzz, flavour and value of a Parisian brasserie. One of the ways it does this is by laying on a very good Scotch premium rib-eye with pommes frites and a choice of either béarnaise sauce or Café de Paris.

55 King Street, Manchester, tel: 0161 832 1000

Smollensky's

A Smollensky's with designer chic? The chain's new flagship on the Thames is a bit of departure for the generally reliable if predictable steakhouse chain. The smart split-level space features a lounge bar with leather box stools and a bright, well-lit dining-room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Go for the crusty 24oz New York rib of beef on the bone, and get a side serving of Tower Bridge views thrown in.

Hermitage Wharf, 22 Wapping High Street, London E1, tel: 020 7680 1818

The Gaucho Grill

Those mild-mannered business executives at the dark-wood tables in this fun and friendly clubby cellar have metaphorical leather cowboy boots tucked in under their Zegna and Boss suits. Urban cowboys sit on cowhide seats and devour 10 1/2oz "bife ancho" rib-eyes with glasses of Argentinian red on the side. Then they keep the cowboy theme coming with a flan con dulce de leche of softly flavoured caramel cream.

19 Swallow Street, London W1, tel: 020 7734 4040

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