McQueen is a bit of a legend in Shoreditch - just like the American King of Cool, Steve McQueen, that the establishment pays homage to. Sexy, low-lit and effortlessly cool, this grill-bar-club just behind Old Street station offers top notch steaks, killer cocktails and a party atmosphere that pulls in the crowds seven nights a week. Channelling our best old Hollywood glamour, we headed east to find out more…
McQueen Shoreditch can be found on Tabernacle Street, a quiet side street behind the buzz of Old Street station. The venue offers a popular cocktail bar, bedecked with Chesterfield sofas and exposed brickwork, The Grill restaurant, which is sexy and low-lit with glitzy chandeliers and dark wood tables, and a basement club with cutting-edge speakers and a contemporary soundtrack.
We’d come for dinner, so went straight through into The Grill for a three-course feast. The inspiration behind the venue is pretty obvious, from the Steve McQueen photographs peppering the walls, to whisky-club feel and all-American steak-focussed menu.
We sunk into our comfy seats, thoughtfully topped with a furry throw, and scanned the menu, created by former Hawksmoor Head Chef, Richard Sandiford.
Our attentive waiter had chosen our wine, which was a deliciously smooth French red, but I decided to also opt for a Honey Trap mocktail. It arrived quickly in a fancy glass with icing sugar rim, and was a deliciously tangy blend of honey syrup and lemon juice.
To start we chose the homemade Italian meatballs and the Gravadlax. Service at McQueen was friendly and quick, despite the fact the room had filled up quickly, and we didn’t have to wait long for our dishes to arrive.
The meatballs were plump and coated in a velvety cheese polenta sauce and decorated with thin piquillo peppers; the Gravadlax fresh, accompanied with soft dill infused cheese, thin, crispy rye bread and tangy pickles.
Both starters were excellent, but the steaks are the star of the show here. I opted for a piece of sirloin, my plus one chose the rib eye. Both mouth-watering dry-aged steaks were extremely generous in size and just on the rare side of medium rare. The peppercorn sauce was creamy with a hint of heat and the sides simply exceptional.
Seriously though, I don’t care if you have to get into a bikini next week - the triple-cooked chips and smoked cheddar mac and cheese are absolute musts. Oh, and the purple sprouting broccoli with smoked cheddar gratin and the chantenay carrots are too. Basically everything on the menu is great.
We ended our meal with the most delicious salted caramel ice cream and a gooey chocolate brownie. The Grill at McQueen really is a culinary gamechanger.
Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne when dining at the restaurant (from the a la carte menu) with a Portico Places card. Not to be combined with any other offer. Excludes December.