Cocktails and Class in the City at London Steakhouse Co.

04 Nov 2016

What with the likes of the great value Flat Iron and infamous Hawksmoor, trying out a new steak restaurant in London is always a gamble.

London Steakhouse Company City, the first steakhouse owned by Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White, is just minutes away from Liverpool Street station, which may not feel like fine dining territory – as a self-proclaimed London foodie, despite the backing of a big chef I’d never heard of anyone paying it a visit, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when we headed there for a Sunday dinner.

Tucked away on Middlesex Street (and frankly quite easy to miss), I was impressed by the vibe of the restaurant as soon as we arrived.

The newly-renovated space is plush, with a split-level dining space and gorgeous bar with marble counter tops – so tempting, in fact, that we sat at the bar enjoying a drink before we headed to our table.

The bartenders are clearly some of the best around, taking pride in their concoctions. The Negroni was perfectly prepared, and though it was slightly too sweet for my taste, a glass of NV Brut de Baron de Marck, Robillard was a nice way to start the evening.

To go with our mains, we selected a bottle of 2014 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Brunet (£34) a delicious medium-bodied red.

We started our meal with the mouthwatering Carpaccio of Beef (£9.50) served with parmesan & rocket, and the refreshing Scottish Smoked Salmon Plate (£12.75) served with a small amount of crème fraîche and a few blinis.

As the steaks are the claim to fame, sourced from butcher Aubrey Allen, we ordered the 8oz Centre-Cut Fillet (£37), served with Langoustine Tails (£6) Pont Neuf Chips (£4.75) and béarnaise sauce. For the price of the plate, it was slightly disappointing – the medium-rare steak was chewy. Luckily, the langoustine tails and sauce were full of flavour.

The Half Scottish Lobster (£27.50) grilled with herbed garlic butter & parmesan fries, left us with a similar feeling – this was a small portion of lobster largely lacking in flavour, and the Green Salad with Herbs (£4.75) that I ordered on the side was bland.

The desserts, a selection of very British puddings, saved the day.

The Sticky Toffee Pudding (£7.50) and Chocolate & Chestnut Truffle Cake with Gritting Cherries (£7.50) were both absolutely to die for and perfectly portioned. The menu also suggested a digestif for each pudding, and a glass of the 2013 Moscato d’Asti, Monaco DOCG, Fontanafredda was the perfect pairing for the Sticky Toffee Pudding at £6.

Throughout our meal, the staff continued to be attentive and, frankly, entirely lovely, paying us just enough attention. A mistake on our bill, the only small hiccup, was was corrected immediately with sincere apologies.

It’s safe to say you shouldn’t expect a Michelin standard meal at London Steakhouse Co, the likes of which Marco Pierre White has prepared elsewhere. Still, while the mains (and the meat) were rather disappointing, the beautiful bar, delicious cocktails, delightfully indulgent desserts and superb service make this a good choice for a leisurely drink and bite to eat if you’re in the area.

Alison

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