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“a decent menu from three Michelin star chef”

MPW Steak & Ale House

Marco Pierre White had been the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars until 2002. Steak & Ale House near Liverpool Street is one of the two branches of London Steak House Company of which Marco is part of.

Steak & Ale House is a good destination for a business lunch or a casual dinner with friends. Restaurant has an elegant decoration and a warm atmosphere. The TV with a fireplace animation mounted almost at the ceiling level does not add much and in our view it looks a bit cheesy and creates distraction.

The menu, written by Marco Pierre White, includes several steak cuts including T-Bone and Chateaubriand. If you have enough time it is recommend trying one of the starters.  We found their “Chicken liver & foie gras parfait with Madeira jelly” well-prepared, well-presented and it created a good combination with the red wine preparing our palette for the steak.

I had a chance to taste their rib-eye and sirloin cuts on different occasions and found both were delicious. The medium-rare steaks had been cooked just right, they were tender and juicy. I was glad that our steaks were served with grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and a choice of sauce instead of a pile of chunky chips. Sides were tasty and reasonably priced.

The staff seemed to have limited information about the dishes and wines and they didn’t really talk much about them while you order or when they serve the food. Something we would expect at this price range.

Unfortunately we couldn’t find anything special to mention about the Steak & Ale House other than the menu being written by a three Michelin star chef. In our view, although the food was good it was nowhere near a fine dining experience. To be fair, we should mention that the restaurant is not run by the Marco Pierre White himself so we might have expected a bit too much. On the other hand, we found the prices relatively high compared to similar restaurants.

Nevertheless, MPW Steak & Ale House offers quality food and it is a good alternative for steak enthusiasts to try.

Great for – a business lunch accompanied by a bottle of red wine.

Top tip – book through toptable.com for 50% off mains deal.

Try this – sticky toffee pudding.

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