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1 August 2014
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McQueen

020 3589 3932

55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA

£43.00 North American Moorgate, Liverpool Street

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  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-2am (Mon -10.30pm Fri -2.30am) Sat 5.30pm-2.30am

Square Meal Review of McQueen ?

If your Shoreditch radar is set to edgy, grungy or underground, look away now; if, however, you’re the sort of Superdry guy or Grazia girl who aspires to a £1m pad as advertised locally by Sterling Ackroyd, you’ll probably fancy McQueen’s splashy designer pose. Cocktails are about right at £9 for the likes of penicillin, bee’s knees, whisky daisy and Irish flip, while wine ranges from modest £20 quaffs to investment-banker trophy Champagnes – 2000 Dom Pérignon Rosé for around the same price as some Bottega Veneta bling (£2,500). Bar food includes steak sandwiches, salads, wings, mini fish and chips and sharing platters. Work that lot off on the disco dance floor in the hard-edged sleek club downstairs. When they’re under pressure, staff would do well to remember the eponymous screen heartthrob’s legendary charm.

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  1. McQueen

    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Sarah G.

    A hidden gem

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Joanna J.

    Little adventure in Shoreditch!

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  3. McQueen

    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Mark P.

    Business lunch at McQueens

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  4. McQueen

    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Charlie C.

    Dinner & burlesque in Shoreditch

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  5. McQueen

    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Antony A.

    Shoreditch chic

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  6. McQueen

    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    BoatLady
      Platinum Reviewer  (157)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 7

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  7. McQueen

    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Luke B.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Rachael B.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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  9. McQueen

    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Ciara B.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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    55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA
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    Fabio A.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  1. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with a modern, masculine vibe and has TVs scattered around the restaurant playing old Steve McQueen films...
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  2. Published : Monday, 6th May 2013

    TwelvePointFivePercent :: McQueen

    Ordinarily, a glitzy bar-cum-restaurant-cum-nightclub like McQueen in Shoreditch isn't the kind of place you'd find me having dinner. Aimed squarely at the kind of high-spending, hard-living City geezers 'n' gals who like their spirits premium, house happy and ropes velvet, it's somewhere I've always given a wide berth, even though I used to work just round the corner. But then a few weeks ago at a networking event (yes, people do still go to those, or at least I do; they're like LinkedIn, but with wine) I met McQueen's very charming Marketing & PR Manager who, doing what good Marketing & PR Managers do when they scent someone who writes about restaurants, invited me in to try theirs. My kind of place or not, it would have been churlish to refuse, especially when it transpired that we had a mutual friend who would make the perfect dinner date. Not realising that the restaurant has its own entrance on Tabernacle Street, we entered through the bar which, on a Thursday night, was - as I believe the kids say these days - going off. The decor, which carries through to the restaurant, is a bit blingy but perfectly inoffensive - parquet floors, Chesterfield sofas, slate walls, gilt-framed black-and-white pictures of the venue's inspiration, the eternally-cool Steve McQueen - and succeeds in making the space feel razzy without tipping over into tacky. The louche, sexily-lit room would, my pal Nic and I agreed, be ideal for a date, perhaps with someone who wasn't publicly your partner.The menu (as well as the a la carte there are good value express lunch and early evening set menus) is unthreatening stuff - salads, bistro classics and a few grills - at not-too-terrible prices; starters are around the £8 mark and mains, except for steaks, all under £20. We kicked off with a couple of well-made cocktails and some courgette fritters, pleasingly thick wedges in a crunchy, salty crumb. Nic's starter, a salad of carpaccio-thin slices of pretty candy beetroot with red apple and pepper cress in a lemon and herb dressing, was lovely to look at and fresh and clean on the palate, if a little bland. Mine, three plump, sweet scallops topped with crumblingly-crisp streaky bacon and served on a cauliflower puree given a kick with white pepper, was much livelier. Poor Nic didn't do too well with her main course, a very ordinary veggie burger which - horrors - wasn't cooked all the way through and was served on an only-partially-defrosted bun. The dual shame of this was that, having chosen to serve such a humdrum vegetarian option in the first place, the kitchen couldn't at least do it well. They redeemed themselves with my monkfish, a good firm fillet served on soft, silky buttered leeks with smoky griddled razor clams, although it was rather heavy-handedly salted. Desserts, fortunately, were spot on. Ginger pannacotta with honeyed madeleines was a very happy marriage of tastes and textures, while a classic hot chocolate fondant was as good an example as I've encountered anywhere. Coffee, too often an over-priced afterthought, was of a high standard, as was service which was nicely paced and unpressured with none of the forced formality or up-selling that I might have expected of such a 'see-and-be-seen' location. All-in-all, bar that very poor veggie burger, McQueen was better than I thought it would be. My perhaps prejudiced expectation of venues like this is that they'll be more style than substance, the food and beverage offering secondary to loud music and a late licence in attracting customers; not so here. Not only did I enjoy McQueen despite it not being somewhere I'd usually go; I'd go so far as to say that I'd happily go back. McQueen, 51-56 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA Tel: 020 7036 9229 www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk  Posted by +Hugh Wright
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