15 April 2010
Arrive after 12:15pm and you can expect to wait up to 30 minutes some days, but the truth is, if you have the time, it is a meal worth waiting for. Packed with mostly male City suits and banking types, with the occasional women thrown in for good measure, the City branch of this world famous formula of restaurants is just the thing the Square Mile seemed to be missing.
The concept is simple, with just a single item on the menu, a simple green salad with walnuts and vinaigrette, followed by a straight forward Entrecote steak with bottomless quantities of proper ‘Frites’ and an oozily unctuous ‘secret sauce’ that is the real star of the show. A rich butter sauce, made with herbs and absolutely stacks of garlic, which when drizzled over your steak and fries, is absolutely heavenly. Don't make the mistake of eating here when you aren't really hungry, because with two rounds of meat and as many fries as you can gorge yourself on, this really isn't ‘Nouvelle Cuisine’. Great value, it has to be said, with a fixed price of just £19.50 per person.
For the brave among you who manage to continue on to eat more, the desserts are really the stuff of dreams. They are famous for the incredibly naughty stack of delightful little profiteroles, filled with vanilla ice cream (rather than cream) and bathed in the most sinful dark chocolate sauce you could ever imagine. They are also do some wonderful cheeses and wines, so i ask you, what's not to like?
The only warning I would give is for Vegetarians. This is NOT a restaurant for you. We did once take a vegetarian colleague with us to lunch here and hilariously she had a small plate of cheese with endless fries. Cheese and chips at £19.50? Erm, I think even the non-veggies among us would pass!