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Steak+ (Restaurant)

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73 Grays Inn Road, Clerkenwell, London, WC1X 8TP
Cuisine: Meat
Tel: 0207 242 0909 | Email to Steak+ | Transport: Chancery Lane | Write review

Steak+ Review

Best for: Steak at reasonable prices in Clerkenwell.

Great: Homemade cakes and puddings.

It’s always terribly ambiguous when somebody remarks that food “tastes really homemade”. If it’s their grandma’s marmalade, then you’re on to an absolute winner; but I’ve also been invited to taste homemade fayre which probably should have been surrounded by a 5-mile exclusion zone and a roll of ‘Police line – do not cross’ tape.

Steak+ restaurant in Clerkenwell has a bamboozling mix of the best and worst of the homemade cuisine. It is a relatively small space with tables close together, making for an agreeable atmosphere filled with pleasant chatter; much as you’d might expect when dining around the table at home. I also liked the ebullient and hospitable waiting staff, the vivid crimson walls, and the slightly wacky pictures of landmarks like the Taj Mahal. So far, so homely.

But then there was the negative aspect of the “dining at home” experience: the standard starter was best described as a mixed salad. Although it had its moments, such as some appealingly crunchy and tender beans, the abiding feeling was that it had been in situ for too long. It also felt too much like it had been cobbled together. What was I supposed to be eating? I wouldn’t have minded so much if I had retrieved it from the fridge chez moi, but as a starter it lacked creativity and freshness.

Let’s not be too harsh on this restaurant though. As with any meal that reminds you of home, there are always going to be bits that go wrong and bits that go right. So, what went right?

The house red was a really nice drop and represented excellent value. It was a punchy grape with surprisingly full flavour and it set me up nicely for the fillet steak. The aforementioned meat was well cooked to order and flavoursome, although it wasn’t quite at the top of the scale as far as tenderness was concerned.

There is some fierce competition for a good steak in London and each steak restaurant has its own calling card. That which will get the punters coming time and time again to Steak+ is very simple: this cut of beef represents terrific value. You see, there was (at the time of our visit) a ‘half price on food’ promotion. And I can’t think of the last time I saw a fillet steak on a London menu for only a bit over a tenner. I wouldn’t go so far as to describe the meat as outstanding, but if you’re on the hunt for a decent, quality-value equilibrium, then this is the restaurant for you.

As any TV chef will tell you, when preparing any kind of meal it’s always advisable to finish with a flourish. Leave your diners with good memories. True to this maxim, Steak+ really came into its own with desserts. They are homemade and delivered by an expert sweet-toothed local on a daily basis. And these, dear readers, were the very best of homemade. I had banana cake - which was creamy and fluffy and topped with smooth icing – and it genuinely tasted of banana, rather than whatever banana flavour it is they usually put in that dodgy ice cream. It disappeared from my plate at a rate of knots. My companion had a wonderfully decadent tiramisu which rated alongside the ones I’ve tried in its native Italy. A really tasty and rich cup of coffee rounded proceedings off nicely. Despite both feeling achingly full, we had both privately reached the conclusion that we’d be more than happy to go again on dessert.

So how did I feel about the entire ‘homemade’ experience? Well, we all like a fancy restaurant now and again, but the truth is that on a Wednesday night after a busy day at the office I was exactly in the mood for something unpretentious and yet hearty. Not everything I had at this restaurant hit the jackpot, but just like a host who slaves over a hot stove to get everything right for his/her guests, the staff at Steak+ wanted to make the dining experience as good as it could be.

If it’s grand dining you’re after, then Steak+ probably won’t float your boat. But for honest home style cooking which represents superb value, it is exactly the right restaurant to visit. And in these austere times, leaving a restaurant with a full tummy and plenty of change in your back pocket has got to be a +.


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Steak+ Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
   

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We are offering our customers 50% off the a-la-carte food bill every day. Something not to be missed!

Updated 26/10/2011

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