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McQueen Restaurant (Restaurant)

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55-61 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AA
Cuisine: American
Tel: 02070369229 | Email to McQueen Restaurant | Transport: Old Street | Write review

McQueen Restaurant Review

Best for: American cuisine; slick restaurant décor.

Great: Fast unobtrusive service; evening package deals in Shoreditch.

“I've been a gang member, circus crew, brothel janitor, oil rigger, carnival salesman, lumberjack and US Marines Corps but finally settled on splitting my time between two of my passions: acting and racing.”

Humbly nodding, I look around the Shoreditch restaurant, flabbergasted by the variety of jobs screen star, Steve McQueen, has undertaken. As if verifying his stories, gold-gilt framed photographic evidence surrounds me, decorating the room’s mahogany walls. Silver spheres of varying size hang from the ceiling above the classically chic leather top tables. From this surface, McQueen purposefully grabs a bottled beer and sups on it, his ruggedly chiselled features vaguely reminiscent of an early Daniel Craig.

Subtle low lights create a fantastic ambiance, complementing this textural feast of chrome, stone, leather, wood and fur. Sitting back against the giant Chesterfield bench that lines the main restaurant wall, I grab a large furry brown cushion for comfort and contemplate the blanket beside me, while attempting to coherently formulate my next question.

Before I'm able to open my mouth, a selection of light and carefully presented starters have arrived. The Creole spice marinated grilled prawns are “rated” and I'm particularly keen on the chipotle ketchup while the crayfish bisque has a wonderful hint of lime, a thick velvety consistency and gorgeous rich colour. Being uber masculine, McQueen chomps on herb & wine braised pork terrine with pan-seared black pudding and I tentatively ask “The King of Cool” my next question:

“What is one of your biggest disappointments?”

As the plates are cleared, a new glass of Californian Wandering Bear Chardonnay arrives and I retreat into my glass, letting this larger-than-life legend take the floor.

Describing his disappointment at never being able to own the Ford Mustang GT 390 he drove in Bullit, the man clearly lived to drive, owning over a hundred classic motorcycles valued at millions of dollars.

As he talks engine power, my brain unfortunately goes into automatic shut down and I'm struck by how stylishly masculine my surroundings are. I'm seated in a room for boys, and yet feel perfectly comfortable, perhaps soaking up some of McQueen's cool. It certainly helps that I seem to share his love of meat, which is amply catered for by a menu offering American cuisine with a Cajun flavour.

“This reminds me of home,” McQueen confesses between mouthfuls of Devonshire pork loin, ham hock risotto, blackened lamb rump and organic beef burger with goat’s cheese, grilled mushroom, caramelised onion, red pepper, shallots and chilli. He is, of course, referring to his early Beech Grove home in Indiana and the farm where he spent most of his childhood in Slater, Missouri. I'm distracted from my interview agenda by the exquisite creamy well-balanced Yukan gold potato gnocchi with gorgonzola, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes and the chef's attention to detail. McQueen's pork is intricately decorated with pure red pepper jus and gold leaf, almost matching the room's metallic feel.

Being a Wednesday, the restaurant is suitably quiet to conduct an interview, save for the occasional reverberations of a band playing in the lounge bar next door. We retire to the bar area after he's finished a sumptuous Slow baked New York Cheese Cake.

Here hangs a tribute to another McQueen: wigs cascading from eye-catching Italian black ceramic models, a celebration of designer Alexander McQueen. The hanging wigs make a memorable centrepiece in another slick space, boasting an ingenious DJ booth that transforms into a fireplace on cold winter nights.

Lounging back on a chaise longue, McQueen is clear our time is coming to an end. As his ghost fades and transforms into a seasoned traveller with almost as many tales to tell as the man himself, memories of my evening at McQueen will not; I'm already contemplating a return trip next week to disappear into the basement club where giant photo-prints of naked ladies, amps and guitars adorn the walls between mirrored panels and an all-round black chesterfield leather covering; an exclusive bondage boudoir feel.

Instead of whips and chains, I'm wowed by the prospect of sampling the venue's Thursday night Secret Rendezvous cabaret night and perhaps revisiting the restaurant’s legendary menu. more

Customer Reviews for McQueen Restaurant

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“I had my first meal at McQueen last Saturday and I have to say that I was nicely surprised. Previously I haven't had good experiences with restaurants that are attached to bar and/or clubs, so my expectations were not very high. But boy I was wrong. The Restaurant is such a cool and atmospheric room, a little oasis away from the buzzy bar next door. As we came in we were greeted by our lovely waitress who served us with so much grace and attention. For starters we had the Maryland crab cake which was just delicious. Fresh, crispy and just enough to wet our appetites. For main course I chose the rib eye stake, which was cooked to perfection. My date had baked wild sea bass served with crushed parsnips. A simple dish and yet so tasty and memorable. By the end of our meal we were quite full to have dessert but finished the evening with some dessert wine recommended by our lovely waitress. After dinner, we popped down to the club area which was buzzing and in full swing… McQueen is now my favourite venue in East London, there is nothing quite it this side of London. Highly recommend it!”
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Luke Baptista, London (9 years 2 months ago)

“What a great place to catch up with old friends. The food was incredible and the venue beautiful. Definitely a credit to the McQueen name!”
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Lisa, London (9 years 9 months 17 days ago)

“Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and tasty food.. Is there anything more one could want? Fantastic restaurant and will surely visit again :)”
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Rachel, London (9 years 10 months 8 days ago)

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“great food and perfect ambience..”
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sambenedict, londom (9 years 11 months 5 days ago)

“I absolutely love the vibe at McQueen, stylish, contemporary, great selection of drinks and unpretentious food. The Lounge Bar is now my favourite spot to drink, meet friends, or simply work on my laptop. Best option in Shoreditch.”
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Luke, London (9 years 11 months 5 days ago)

“Great for an intimate mid-week meal and there's loads of tempting food on the menu!”
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Jenny Higson, London (9 years 11 months 8 days ago)

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McQueen Restaurant Opening Hours

Monday: Closed Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 8:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm

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