£24 for a rib eye steak main course isn't cheap but on reflection it's actually pretty good value. This is a high quality, well aged piece of steak on the bone with a very distinctive meaty flavour that is more aligned to the expensive rare breeds found in the very best steak restaurant in the country (Goodman in London). Like Goodman, it's also cooked on the exclusive and very expensive Josper grill, which gives it that characteristic chargrilled smoky flavour on the outside, yet the medium-rare steak was consistenly pink throughout and remarkably juicy on the inside.
It was cooked to absolute perfection and tasted divine. This was by far the highlight of the meal and it means I will certainly be returning. Accompanying fries were decent enough, vine tomatoes were ok, albeit I prefer a slower cooking process to intensify the flavour rather than just being exposed to enough heat for a few minutes to soften them a little. The rocket leaves were a disappointment - literally dry leaves chucked on the plate, whereas I'd really expect a little light dressing/oil to bring them to life a bit.
A word of warning - I was offered some accompanying sauce and opted for some bernaise on the side. It was thick and flavoursome, but I was a little surprised by the £3 additional cost slapped on the bill.
Chicken wings for starters were a bit disappointing. The marinated flavour didn't really come through and while they were cooked well and moist, it seemed as if they had been deep fried (or at least finished in the fryer) as they were very oily. No finger bowl was provided, which didn't help matters and the skin wasn't crispy either, so the three wings provided with a bit of chilli mayo didn't seem great value for money.
Service on the whole was good and the venue has a good buzz to it, helped by the completely open kitchen.
The steak and the josper grill are the real stars here. If it wasn't for these this would be a 3 star review at best. Next time I return it will be solely for the steak main course.
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