marco pierre white ale & steakhouse, e1

Proper condiments!

Last weekend, I went for a romantic meal out with The Man to his favouritest kind of place – a steakhouse.  Real boy food!

We had been to this restaurant just off of Bishopsgate a few yeasr ago when it was called Lanes, but haven’t been since it was taken over by Marco Pierre White’s lot as the Ale & Steakhouse.

I had got a Groupon voucher, which gave us two courses from a pretty good set menu and a champagne cocktail each for a total of £33.  Now this place isn’t cheap, although there ARE a couple of meal deals that they do, so do check them out.

There are a few more tables that have been added to the floor, which is surprisingly light and airy considering it’s in a basement, but although it was a little more crowded, it was still rather intimate.

The service was fantastic, when we checked in, I was ASKED for my Groupon voucher, which is always a relief, and great to see that they were so prepared.

Oysters..I personally don't 'get' them!

Although I didn’t want a starter (and the fresh bread supplied was yummy), The Man spotted that they had oysters, which he was prepared to pay extra for (and they’re not cheap).

Meaty goodness!

As for our mains, if you’re in a steakhouse, you HAVE to have steak – surely!  So we both had the 10oz ribeye. Mine medium rare and his blue (yuck!).  They come with tomato, mushroom and a rich, buttery bernaise sauce. I can honestly say that it was the best steak I have ever tasted.  beautifully chargrilled on the outside and as tender as you could dream of with a rich meaty flavour that just completely melted in the mouth.

You have to order sides separately (I said it could get expensive) and we opted for a salad and the triple-cooked chips.  If you ever go, you HAVE to have the chips, they are to die for!

Chocolate cake

The Man went for this gooey, rich chocolatey cake with vanilla ice cream.  warm and squidgy!

A huge mess!

Whereas I went for the Eton Mess – creamy and fruity but WAY too big for me to finish.  The Man had gone for Black Sheep ale to accompany his steak – so I got BOTH of the champagne cocktails – hurrah!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience – the steaks were divine, and the highlight that they should be.  The condiments were Heinz ketchup, Colman’s mayonnaise, Tabaso sauce etc, all in their proper jars/bottles on the table without a hint of pretentiousness.  And the service was fantastic without being overbearing.

For a treat, I will definitely take him again 🙂


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