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Love it or hate it, this US import comes with ‘plenty of added bling’. Detractors think the dark, glossy interior looks like a ‘TOWIE nightclub’ with ‘very loud… very bad’ music, ‘slow service’ and
‘overpriced’ food, while devotees enjoy letting their hair down in its vibrant, slinky surrounds. Either way, there’s little arguing with Prime-grade USDA beef, served with signature STK sauce and
indulgent sides such as truffle Parmesan chips or creamy macaroni cheese. To start, mini Wagyu beef sliders hit the spot, as do scallops with ‘sweet and spicy’ cauliflower purée – although ‘bland’
trifle and ‘tepid’ dishes show that the kitchen needs to aim for greater consistency. The whole place can be ‘strangely devoid of atmosphere’ at lunchtime, but pricey wines and decent cocktails
soon get the party started come nightfall.
STK is based in the ground floor of the awfully swanky Me hotel in Aldwych. “Not your Daddy’s steakhouse” is their rather interesting slogan and although this place seems to be appealing to the ladies, on our Monday night visit it was mainly filled with middle-aged blokes in suits...
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On paper STK was everything we dislike in a restaurant. Starting with the name. There must be a few dodgy keyboards out there in the restaurant world at the moment that are missing their vowels. STK is an American import, with restaurants in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Miami.But the main thing that put us off (but also intrigued us at the same time) is the whole ‘female-friendly’ ethos that was in their Twitter bio (this has since changed). On the website they have the tag-line ‘Not your Daddy’s steakhouse!’ I am female, although I think my brain is actually about 60% male, and the last thing I want to hear when I go to a restaurant is that it’s female- friendly. Plus there is a DJ. In a restaurant. This I really wasn’t sure about either.
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