I’m a true carnivore. I love nothing better than a quality steak paired with a beautiful red wine. It’s no surprise London is bursting with steak houses and chains, but I find some lack personality and character. This is where Mingo prevails. Great quality food along with fantastic service made a fantastic evening.
As my partner and I entered Mingo I was impressed by the interior. Low slung lighting, exposed wood tables and a long open bar area felt really trendy and relaxed.
We headed to a window table and before we knew it cocktails were whisked our way. As I love gin I opted for a bramble and Mike went for something whisky based. Both were delicious and came beautifully presented in crystal-cut tumblers.
We sipped away and browsed the menu. I think in an Argentinian steak house there is only one way to go for mains, so it was just starters we had to narrow down.
We decided to share as I couldn’t decide which to go for. First up a huge dish of chunky chorizo in Malbec wine, tossed together with sweet caramelized onions. It was divine and the fragrant smell was amazing. I’m glad we had some garlic crostini bread to mop up the oily sauce left over.
Alongside came huge juicy king prawns which were swimming in a beautiful white wine sauce. The strong flavours of lemon, butter and garlic really gave them a kick.
With so many bottles of their famous Malbec wines on the menu we went with a recommended Merlot 2016 from Patagonia. The silky rich red went down far too easily.
For the main event I was obviously drawn to quite possibly the finest piece of meat you can get, a fillet. It was (a not so modest) 9oz in size. It cut like a dream and was cooked perfectly medium rare. The juicy pink centre and charred edges just melted in the mouth.
Mike went for some serious meat. An 18oz prime sirloin steak. This was an incredible piece of beef. The pure size of it took over the entire plate with the juices glistening in the light.
To complement my steak the chimichurri garnish caught my eye. It was a fine blend of herbs and spices with chilli and olive oil – it didn’t overpower the wonderful taste of the meat but just gave it a little heat.
We couldn’t turn down a portion of creamy spinach and Mike went for a blue cheese to top his steak. For sides I’m more of a French fry sort of girl while Mike is all about the door-step chunky chips so we got a portion of each to accompany our mains.
With a combined weight of 27oz (we raised an eyebrow when ordering) you would have thought it would have been tough to finish, but we managed. Clean plates all round. Our lovely server bought over some sweet port shots to congratulate us. As full as we were it was such a nice touch so down the hatch it went.
For dessert we were steered towards the dulce de leche cheesecake, made fresh on site. The thick creamy layer was intense, we just couldn’t put our spoons down.
We had a fantastic night at Mingo. The team are friendly and professional and are also very knowledgeable about the menu. Our meals were of the highest quality. The atmosphere and restaurant décor was perfect for a relaxed and romantic dinner. I’m still thinking about our amazing steaks and planning when we can go back to see if we can tackle anything bigger. Watch this space.
Mingo Argentine Steakhouse City of London
67 – 69 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9DD