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|Address:||55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA|
|Tel:||020 3589 3932|
|Price: £43.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2am (Mon -10.30pm Fri -2.30am) Sat 5.30pm-2.30am|
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Yes, McQueen is named after the iconic Steve so you'd be right in expecting it to be a big bad boys' venue, with leather aplenty, Dude food sympathies and a moody, broody, cool attitude. But it also turned out to be a surprisingly good place for a suit and his female ex colleague (me) to catch up over a casual lunch. Although it is only a 8 min walk from Moorgate you feel like you have left The City a long way behind and despite its proximity to Old Street there are no Shoreditchers in sight (presumably they only come out at night). In fact there were very few people in here at all even though it was classic Friday funtime. No complaints about this though as it meant we had the pick of the big squashy low sofas by the large picture windows. We opted to stay here rather than go through to the restaurant as I had already spotted on the bar menu the only thing I was interested in: the steak sandwich. I haven't had one of these for ages but I consider it the litmus test for lunch in this type of place. Apart from one sliver of beef with a chewy veiny edge, the rest of the meat was tender and tasty. It wasn't that easy to eat (being a huge ciabatta laden, salady, saucy mouthful) but that that didn't stop me polishing it off. A few chips grace the side of the serving board but really it's all about the sarnie. For a tenner, it was very good value. Service was efficient enough and fairly friendly although they weren't exactly being put through their paces in the nearly empty bar. At night I dare say this turns into the kind of place described as “throbbing” (I think I spotted a DJ booth in the corner) and I'm not sure that would be up my street but despite the testosterone driven decor (oversized pics of Steve, silver plated aeroplane paraphernalia etc) it doesn't feel too blokey in here during the day. More Gaucho grill than Groucho club. Still, I can't wait til someone opens up a McQueens in homage to the Hollyoaks TV family. That would be one for the girls.