25 April 2014

Steam & Rye

147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT

£48.00 North American Monument, Tower Hill, Aldgate

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  • Wine: £19.95
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-3am (Sat 6pm- )

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Occupying the old Bank of New York building – and formerly Prism – this grand, all-American restaurant and bar complex is the result of a hook-up between Nick House (best known for Mayfair’s Mahiki bar) and model-cum-actress Kelly Brook. Staples include USDA Prime and Hereford steaks, sweet Canadian lobsters and fleshy BBQ ribs, which are a definite highlight. Rich mac ‘n’ cheese and meat-heavy crab cakes also impress, while baked vanilla cheesecake is a standout dessert. With the exception of a sturdy Champagne selection, the wine list is disappointingly short, leaving creative cocktails served in cups modelled on heads of American presidents to improve the drinks offer. From high-ceilings to portion sizes, everything here is on a massive scale, although what should be a mightily impressive space is dimmed by rather shoddy decor, which suggests it was completed in a rush.

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  1. Steam & Rye

    147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
    Overall rating:
    Diana S.

    Good Food, Amazing Cocktails, Poor Service


    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 5

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  2. Steam & Rye

    147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
    Overall rating:
    Greg J.

    brilliant service, great food


    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  3. Steam & Rye

    147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Saturday, 12th April 2014

    The Funky Truth :: Kelly Brook's cracking baps

    Because we desperately need it, London’s got a new American restaurant. It’s adopted the same kind of approach to over-elaboration as TGI Friday’s, but that’s the last time we’ll speak about that place as Steam and Rye, on Leadenhall Street, is about as far away from that lovely little chain as you can possibly get. Far away in the literal sense as well – there are no TGI’s in EC1 – the only red and white stripes around here are on Cityboys’ ties. A self-styled ‘late-night restaurant and party bar’ (whatever that is), Steam and Rye – somewhat aptly – sits within the grand old Bank of New York building, which brings me on to its first unique selling point – the room and decor. It’s distinct, but challenging to place the theme so I’ll cop out by saying that it’s kind of like stepping into a poshened-up Gangs of New York set, administered by a circus ringmaster. The real ringmasters though are co-owners Kelly Brook (say whaaat?) and bar-mental Nick House, who is responsible for the challengingly trendy Whisky Mist and Mahiki so maybe the ‘party bar’ branding might be justifiable. Brook was even there on opening night, giving it some tits and teeth...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 23rd January 2014

    Lux Life | A Lifestyle Blog :: Steam and Rye, Bank.

    I first heard of Steam and Rye when Caroline from Cocktails and Caroline recommended it to me. It's only been open since November, but is already causing a storm in the City. A 1920s American bar and restaurant, it's open from midday-3am on weekdays, and 6pm-3am on Saturdays, so is the ideal place to take you from work to dining to partying. I'm currently in-between jobs at the moment, and don't start my new one until I get back from Australia (2 weeks til take-off and counting!) in six weeks time, so Sarah and I decided to check out the Steam and Rye lunch menu while they have a 50% discount offer on. A short walk from Bank station, it's easy to get to from the main areas of London. We decided to make the most of being ladies who lunch and started with cocktails!...
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  3. Published : Sunday, 29th December 2013

    The Little Brown Book :: Steam & Rye

    Wading through the suits on Leadenhall, with TM Lewin at every glance, it is welcomingly refreshing when you reach the entrance to Steam and Rye, the product of a surprise collaboration between Nick House of Mahiki and Kelly Brook of .. er .. Kelly Brook. The towering columns, flags and fur clad hostesses will greet you at the door. Hand your coat into the bow tie and braces in the cloakroom (no fee required) and be led into room of spectacular proportions...
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  4. Published : Wednesday, 20th November 2013

    The List :: Steam & Rye

    Our next stop was Sager + Wilde on Hackney Road, halfway to Broadway Market from Hoxton Overground. I tried to pop in to this lovely wine bar on my last crawl around the area, but they shut rather early at 11pm to appease their new neighbours. Hopefully they will be able to extend this in the New Year once they have settled in. Sager + Wilde are Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde who ran a very popular wine bar popup at the end of 2012. They have now found a permanent home, and they haven't skimped on the design. We were very taken with the pavement light bar top. There is a Daily Menu with affordable wines and fizz, available by the glass and bottle, and a slightly more pricey Market List with the likes of Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Domaine Henri Boillot 2005 Burgundy at £148. Takeaway is £10 off the list price. There are some interesting bottled beers, as well as a few cognac, sherry and vermouth options. To eat, there are grilled cheese sandwiches, tartines, charcuterie, cheese, snacks and even ice cream. I was lucky enough to be "cordially and vigr'ously invited" along to the private launch party of Steam & Rye in the old Bank of New York in Leadenhall Street, ahead of their public opening tonight (Wednesday 20th November). Steam & Rye is a new prohibition inspired bar from Nick House (Mahiki, Whisky Mist, Bodo's Schloss) and Kelly Brook (national treasure / the reason I watched Big Breakfast. After dropping off our coats in the attractive reception area, we moved straight into the Main Hall and Station Gardens which is modelled on New York's Grand Central Station. One side of the room is taken up by the impressive bar and a stage which will offer live music every night. The other side is taken up by the Eastern Pacific Steam Train with its cosy dining booths...
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