Steakhouse at Mcqueen's in Shoreditch
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Steak
Address : 55-61 Tabernacle St, Shoreditch , London , EC2A 4AA, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk
Opening Times : Tues-Weds: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-10pm; Thurs-Fri: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm; Sat: 5pm-11pm
Closest Tube : Old Street
McQueen has long been a fixture on the Shoreditch scene, perched between London's frenetic financial centre and feisty fashion-forward hipstery Hoxton. Somehow it's managed to play both cards well. Over the years we've hosted a number of parties here, so we were keen to visit after owner Dezzie McCausland decided to revamp the restaurant, bringing in former Hawksmoor heavyweight Richard Sandiford to launch The Grill. Carnivores will want to read on…
The dining room continues the design conceit established throughout the club - a visual paean to the late, great king of the silver screen - Mr Steve McQueen. Guests dine bathed in the spectral light cast from outsized mirror balls and a lavish chandelier, whilst the King of Cool watches over the scene from various monochromatic photos taken from the heyday of Hollywood glamour.
But on to the main event: the meat. We whet our appetites with a popcorn old fashioned (the bourbon is fat-washed with popcorn) and a classic amaretto sour, before segueing into a tasting of wines including and excellent Spee'Wah pinot grigio from Australia and a Maycas Sumag pinot noir from Chile. The former went beautifully with pan fried crab cakes and spicy brown crab, a winning combination of flaky flesh and crunchy breadcrumbs. Minced lamb flatbreads were served in the style of Turkish lahmacun and were really very good.
However, they all paled in comparison to the slabs of steak we swiftly despatched. A weighty dry aged fillet was cooked with a toasty, Maillard-rich caramelization along its exterior, and a ruby red rare interior. We opted for the 28 day aged rump steak as well, wanting to branch out from the usual ribeye / sirloin selections, and were very happy with the way it came out, prepared rare it was ineffably tender. We dipped both and a lovely stilton hollandaise sauce. On the side we ordered smoked cheddar macaroni, triple cooked chips and roast chantenay carrots.
We wrapped up the evening by sharing an excellent white chocolate cheesecake, which didn't disappoint. London in general and the City in particular are replete with high quality steakhouses, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for one more, and The Grill at McQueen certainly fits the bill.