Marco Pierre White Steak & Alehouse Restaurant Review | Middlesex Street, London

£54 steak. Tempted.

I had an £80 voucher courtesy of Zomato burning a hole in my pocket. When am I going to have another opportunity to have a steak that costs more than my weekly shopping? What is this cow fed on, caviar and champagne?

But I can’t imagine many order this and worth this being a food review I decided to order dishes diners are likely to order too. Maybe I’ll try that £54 steak another day – when I win the lottery.

Each course on the menu has good variety. My starter of potted prawns (£12.75) was a little bland on its own. The sprinkling of paprika wasn’t enough to stop the prawns having a fishy taste while the sauce coating was nothing more than glue to keep the circular shape. It’s hard to get toast wrong but it did go surprisingly well with the potted prawns.

Potted Prawns starter

Being a steakhouse, I was preparing myself to be wowed by my £24.75 10oz rib eye steak. Not so much wowed but a smile at the very least.

10oz rib eye steak

Gleaming in the dimly lit setting, the juices created mini pools on the top. Cooked medium rare as it should be, brown on the outside, pink on the inside.

I did find parts a little bit on the fat side and at times a little sinewy. You know the feeling where the last strand of meat refuses to break from the rest of the party. Better steak knifes would have helped with this however.

The accompanying béarnaise sauce was gorgeous, rich and sweet – thoroughly recommended. Too bad they don’t make a Knorr stock cube of it!

I ordered two sides (£4 each), panzella salad and seasonal veg. The seasonal veg of carrots and broccoli were soft and deliciously coated in melted butter. The addition of shallots made it all that little bit sweeter.

Panzella salad and seasonal vegetables

I couldn’t finish the salad (cherry tomatoes, red onions and bread crusts) unfortunately as the punchy, zesty dressing was too overpowering. The after taste lingered long after the main and I couldn’t wait for my dessert of pecan pie to arrive.

The pecan pie (£7.50), served slightly warm, offered three layers which worked extremely well together. A gooey chunky pecan middle layer was sandwiched by a crumbly biscuity base and baked top. The banana ice cream was perfectly smooth with no ice crystals in sight. The banana flavour was strong at first but seemed to melt away, just as the ice cream did on impact with your tongue.

Pecan pie dessert

Oh and I had a pot of Earl Grey Twinnings tea which cost £3.50.

The restaurant itself flits between formal and informal. The decor and furnishings suggest high end but the atmosphere is relaxed. I couldn’t help but notice the strange political cartoons framed on the wall. Answers on a postcard please.

Marvin Gaye’s back catalogue played in the background (thumbs up) and was sometimes drowned out by the chitter chatter of the diners. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing worse than feeling you have to whisper over food. That’s also down to how busy the restaurant was too.

Okay, I was maybe let down by the steak. It wasn’t bad by any means, but if you’re a steakhouse you’ve got to knock it out of the park, right? The accumulation of niggles here and there outweigh the glimmers of excellence, holding the restaurant back from being very good.

Not convinced by my review but still crave steak? I recommend Chop Shop steakhouse restaurant in London. Watch out for that butterscotch pudding dessert!

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