M Restaurants is led by top chef Michael Reid who I’d seen on some of his many TV appearances. As well as this I’d heard many good things, so we excitedly headed over to their Threadneedle Street branch on a busy Friday night to be wined and dined.
We were led into the elusive M Den – a super trendy cocktail lounge with plush furnishing, gorgeous lighting and its own pool table. It oozed sophistication. We were smug to say the least.
While we got comfy the charming bartender whipped us up some delightful cocktails. I let him take full reign knowing which spirits I liked and he didn’t disappoint.
We indulged in some fantastic classics with a quirky twist. The whisky sour came with cinnamon and the spicy orange with rum had a real kick. My favourite was the refreshing watermelon martini. We could have stayed there all evening but our stomachs were grumbling so we turned our attention to the dining room.
Kiera, the manager, ushered us to a very romantic booth table which overlooked the restaurant. The floor was busy but had a great ‘Friday feeling’ atmosphere. We scanned the menu, what better way to start the weekend than free- flowing prosecco and 4 amazing-looking courses?
Our faces instantly lit up when an ice cold glass of rosé prosecco was poured in front of us. Not too dry and perfectly bubbly, it went down beautifully. Luckily for us it was bottomless so we could enjoy a fair few flutes. We couldn’t get over what great value the deal was.
To get us started we were whisked over a pot of black taramasalata which was such an unusual colour but had a lovely flavour. We dipped away with the crunchy crostini and fluffy bread.
For starters my partner loves meat and anything spicy so the buttermilk chicken was the obvious choice. The plate was empty in minutes with not a drop of the delicious hot sauce left. The crispy skin and perfectly cooked chicken were gorgeous, and the cool crunchy pickles were a great side.
I was drawn to the organic salmon sashimi – it just sounded so opulent. The dish was almost too pretty to eat. Almost. As my knife cut through the chunky silky salmon you could tell it was amazing quality and it tasted incredible. Small additions such as the hot jalapeño and pickled ginger gave it small pops of flavour.
M restaurants are famous for their grill so we had to both get steak for mains. If I’ve learnt anything from my love of steak it is that the best cuts come from Argentina (exactly where M’s beef is sourced.)
Two gorgeous-looking rump steaks were placed in front of us. They sliced like a dream and the juicy centre tasted incredible. This steak really was up there with the best. They came with skin on, salty chips and a few sauces to complement.
We added some healthy(ish) sides of broccoli with parmesan and dressed romaine lettuce. A great spread which we admired for a few seconds before demolishing the whole table.
After a few more proseccos and a little breather, we shared 2 amazing puddings. A dulce de leche flan with meringue pieces and a zesty mango cake. They tasted as good as they looked. My favourite was the dense cake contrasted with the sharp sweet mango sorbet.
Our glasses didn’t go dry for a minute, and the team were thorough with the refills and general service during the evening – a lovely balance of friendly conversation and swift interchanging of dishes, it was seamless.
I couldn’t leave M without sampling their famous caramel espresso martini. It was heaven and I would recommend it to everyone, even non coffee drinkers. We enjoyed our nightcaps in the upstairs bar in huge comfy arm chairs with subtle lighting – the ultimate relaxing destination.
We had the perfect night. Free-flowing prosecco, beautiful chic surroundings, delicious food and impeccable service. This was fine dining without the pretentiousness. I can’t recommend it enough and look forward to returning.
M Threadneedle Street
60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8HP