With the international reputation of Marco Pierre-White under its belt as one of its original co-founders back in 2008, London City Steakhouse is one of the London E1s most popular specialist steak restaurants. Leading with a menu that champions the finest quality grass-fed beef that is served to the city’s discerning audience – here is a steak restaurant paired with a cocktail bar and private dining room that seats up to 20 people.
Catering to its predominant corporate city crowd and with a strong event dining focus, London City Steakhouse is ideal for working lunches or corporate celebrations. Championing high-quality British sourced produce with a mannerism to complete ‘things properly’, this Marco Pierre-White prodigy taps into traditions with a friendly and personal touch.
A dining space lined with large mirrors establishes an elegant setting to match its menu. Resuming with aperitifs that live up to a traditional experience, including a ginger snap (vodka, lemon juice and ginger syrup), passion jazz (vodka, passion fruit and apple juice or the traditional, classic champagne cocktail (combining brandy, bitters and a sugar cube), diners are handed large white card menus which absorb tables that illustrate a string options spanning from steak to seafood.
Just below the aperitifs, hors d’ oeuvres are light and creative – watercress and garden pea soup or a chicken liver parfait on toasted brioche. A few other dishes are available to start including burrata salad, potted duck with green peppercorns or cured mackerel, allowing diners to start with something other than the star of the show.
Certifying that London City Steakhouse consistently serves what they entitle – ‘the finest quality grass-fed beef’, the restaurant source its meat from Aubrey Allen who City Steakhouse have pinned as their master butcher. Dry-aged for 28 days their steaks are served with a conventional selection of cafe de Paris butter; peppercorn or béarnaise sauce. As you would expect, a wide variety of cuts are available, (this including the British favourite of beef wellington). Expect everything from 8oz rump to a 14oz ribeye and centre cut fillets. Meanwhile, carving themselves down the very centre of the large menu are a collection ‘perfect for sharing’. These including the porterhouse selections: 24oz for one to two people, 36oz for two to three people or 48oz for groups of three to four people. A classic prime fillet sharer – a 16oz chateaubriand can also be chosen.
Not stopping simply with their collection of classic sauces, London City Steakhouse offers a collection of what they have coined as ‘steak toppings’. From bone marrow with parsley and lemon, maple-cured bacon or fried eggs, tiger prawns are also available or the ‘breakfast grill garnish’ – a combination of streaky bacon, portobello mushrooms and grilled tomatoes. Meanwhile, classic and generously sized sides line themselves up along the bottom of the large menus and include creamed potatoes, large and sweet and crispy onion rings and buttered greens and lardons. Other side dish options include creamed spinach, seasonal veg, green salad, house fries and new potatoes.
If you happen to find yourself in the predicament of dining at London City Steakhouse but not subsequently a fan of steak…or if you’re inclined to something with a fin instead hoof from the ‘grassy fields’, then the ‘fish mainboards’ are as equally as glamorous as their carnivorous competitors. Served with black olives and capers is a fillet of sea bream with basil, lemon sole with brown shrimp butter or a smoked haddock fishcake with mustard and wilted spinach.
Address: 109-117 Middlesex St, London E1 7JF
Phone: 020 7247 5050