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The Cavendish – London

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Since its launch in 2014 The Cavendish has become one of Marylebone’s much loved foodie havens, an all-day brasserie sat alongside the area’s hip and fashionable boutiques.

The restaurant offers an all day modern European menu set in a stylish old world English pub interior, with plush booth seating spread across two floors, and outside dining for when the British weather permits. The beautiful interiors are the work of Concorde Interior Design – known for designing for the likes of Tom’s Kitchen, The Botanist, and Copita.

Heading up the kitchen is chef, Douglas Santi, with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Santi began his career at the young age of 13 working for Laurent Saudeau – the right hand man of acclaimed chef Paul Bocuse.

The seasonal menu pairs the best quality ingredients with inspiration from classic French and Italian cuisine, and all at a pocket friendly price – with most menu options at below £20.

On a recent visit we got to try out the dinner menu for ourselves.

Once sat in a quiet corner of the second floor we eyed over the impressive menu to see what caught our eye. To start things off I opted for the Octopus Carpaccio (£12.80), the dish came beautifully presented – round slices of juicy octopus garnished with crisp chorizo and potatoes. The dish was light but delicious, a highly recommended starter.

For my main I had to go with the restaurant’s signature (and much instagrammed) ‘100 Layers Lasagne’ (£12). An update of the classic lasagne the recipe for this version comes straight from Chef Santi’s grandmother.  The dish again is beautifully presented, with layer upon layer of lasagne  resulting in a striking main, filling without being stodgy and full of colour and flavour.

With just about enough room to fit in dessert I opted for the Butter toffee and Pecan Praline Cheesecake (£6) which came highly recommended by the friendly waitress. Again it didn’t disappoint, sweet but not sickly with a light cheese layer and crisp biscuit base, heaven.

The Cavendish is a must visit, a delicious menu in a beautiful London location at an affordable price point, what more could you ask for?

The Cavendish
35 New Cavendish Street
London
W1G 9TR

T: 020 7487 3030
reservations@35newcavendish.com
www.35newcavendish.co.uk

Heliot Steak House – London

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Being housed within the Hippodrome Casino may not sound like the ideal venue for a high end restaurant but Heliot Steak House certainly comes highly recommended – being judged the “Best Steak Restaurant in London” by the customers of Bookatable last year.

The 150 seater restaurant is located inside the casino in Leicester Square, perched on the balcony overlooking the main room in the casino, perfect for a pot of people watching.  The Hippodrome  itself has become a premiere entertainment destination with drinking, dining, live entertainment and gaming all under one roof.

We recently visited the restaurant to sample their dinner menu, which was created by Head Chef Ioannis Grammenos and his team.

We were sat down at an ordered a gin and tonic to get us settled, the place has a very comprehensive section of drinks available.

The  menu is small but features plenty of classic dishes for you to choose from.

With starters I opted for the smoked salmon (£8), which comes with green apple, mint salad and sour cream, the fish was delicious and perfectly accompanied by the mint salad and sour cream.

As the name suggests the restaurant’s real strength is its steaks,  boasting USDA prime steaks, all aged for between four and six weeks to develop tenderness and flavour, less than 2% receives the USDA certification.

The steak menu is split up into 3 sections depending on size small (200g), medium 250-350g) and large (500-650g) each with different varieties of cuts.  I opted for the medium rib eye (£20)   – ordered medium rare. with a lobster tail on top (£8) and a side of triple cooked chips (£3). The steak was well cooked, with a brown outer and pink centre with a Chimichurri  to accompany, the lobster tail added a luxurious touch and the chips were a highlight, crispy and delicious.

Though quite full after the steak we decided to give the dessert menu a try – we went for the chocolate torte (£6.50) made from dark chocolate it was very rich but not sickly, a sweet ending to an enjoyable meal.

Heliot Steak House was surprisingly good, don’t be deterred by its tourist trap location for inside you will find a very good restaurant and at a good price point. So pay them a visit.

Heliot Steak House
The Hippodrome casino,
14 Cranbourn St,
London
WC2H 7JH

Click here for more information 

STK London Restaurant

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STK is a fresh take on the traditional steak house, with modern sleek interiors complimented to an updated menu for more diverse options.

The brand’s London branch is housed on the ground level of the ME Hotel, joining locations in New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Milan.

With a modern take on the steak house experience the restaurant also offers a superior experience with stylish decor and dimly lit space for a more intimate experience to enjoy with a special someone or with a group of friends.

Seating is arranged in booth form surrounding the large metallic architectural sculpture in the centre of the room. On our visit we got to try out some selections from the newly launched pre theatre menu for the summer.

Upon arrival we were seated by a warm and friendly host, we got there for an early dinner at 6pm so it was on the empty side with few other diners.

Our waiter was very helpful and went through the menu with us, answering all our questions with precision and knowledge.

We opted for the signature mini burgers to start with which have burgers made form Wagyu beef beautifully presented in mini sesame seed buns. They were delicious with he burger perfectly cooked and the ‘special’ sauce adding a tangy kick.

Now to the highlight and as you might of guessed is the steaks, while the menu offers non steak options it is the meat dishes were it shines. Steak cuts are predominantly USDA prime, the highest grade of American steak. I opted for the large T Bone which comes in at 600g and ordered it medium rare with a tasty bernaise sauce. Alongside we opted for the mac & cheese and Parmesan truffle chips, the later of which comes beautifully presented, stacked up jingo like. The steak was incredible,, perfectly cooked and very satisfying, highly recommended.

If you still have room then I suggest you give one of the dessert options a try, we were unsure which to pick so our waiter recommended the fairground themed option which is recommended to share. Candy floss, toffee popcorn, donuts and chocolate milk all feature and come presented in a ferris wheel like sculpture, a fun way to finish your meal.

So for an modern and upgraded steak meal (and many other choices) then STK is a must, a delicious high quality menu with cool stylish interiors and friendly staff. Go!

For more info and bookings  visit www.stkhouse.com