With the grey bearing down on London, which is further proof that summer is well and truly behind us, my mood was mirroring the weather and I really wanted something to perk me up on a rather bleak Monday night.
I was in full on carnivore mode and I knew I wanted something decadent. STK answered my call. The clue is in the name.
Upon walking in to the restaurant my dreary mood was banished. We were shrouded in opulence – everything is black leather and chandeliers, this is really not your standard grill.
My boyfriend and I were even more impressed to see that STK have taken part in the London Restaurant Festival and have handpicked their best sellers – which takes the guess work out of my easily frazzled brain. We knew that everything on the menu was going to be great, so it was time to crack on.
I told my carnivorous belly to hold tight and that I would sate it soon, but I needed to get my hands on the octopus first.
Octopus is not something I order all too often as I have had bad childhood experiences of it being rubbery and flavourless but I have heard the STK roasted octopus is in a league of its own, so I wanted to give it a go. Thus, I ordered the roasted octopus with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and chickpeas. My octopus impartiality has now been shattered and I think half of it is to do with how well STK roasted it – I’ve never had it like that before. It gave it more texture and really one was on my highlights of the evening. The Mediterranean element with the olives, tomatoes and chickpeas complemented it beautifully.
My boyfriend had already spied the soy-cured beef tartare with sriracha & pickled shimeji mushroom before we even got to the restaurant. He has long been obsessed with the spicy condiment and has it almost on a daily basis. However, he had never had it with beef tartare – this level of decadence is not something one has all too often. Safe to say, he was very impressed with this.
We had a few cocktails with our starters but as we were both going for red meat mains – red wine was needed.
We opted for the Ramon Bilbao 2011 as we felt the cherry and chocolate notes would be a perfect match for our mains – we were not wrong, this was a fantastic accompaniment. One of the best reds I’ve had in quite a while.
Onto the mains, well of course I was going to go for the British sirloin with bearnaise sauce.
The sauce added beautifully to the dish, without overwhelming the already flavoursome sirloin.
The other main we went for (I say we, as I had decided I wanted his too) was the braised USDA beef short rib with smoky Bourbon glaze and warm salad.
The tender meat fell away from the bone the moment the fork touched it. The sticky glaze melted into the meat – it was utterly sublime. This had a big thumbs up from the both of us.
Now it was time for desserts. I decided upon the New York cheesecake with strawberry and rhubarb.
The cheesecake was creamy and rich and I appreciated the fruity sides as they helped to make sure that my dessert was not too heavy – after our mains, I wanted something on the lighter side.
No meal is quite complete without chocolate, so my boyfriend chose the peanut choco cocktails with peanut crunch, milk chocolate mouse and chocolate cremeux.
This was our favourite as there was the perfect balance of sweet milk chocolate and the ever-so-slightly salty peanuts – what a way to round off a meal.
I would like to thank STK for such a fun night – the whole evening is a real experience and I think if you are looking for somewhere new to try – this is for you. The waiting staff were fun, chatty and made sure we were well looked after. For £35 per head, I don’t think it gets much better than that.