“You’re treated so nicely and not rushed at all”, notes a fan of New Street Grill – the “calm and cosy” flagship of D&D London's prestigious Old Bengal Warehouse development.
Rich warm tones, soft lighting and comfy leather booths set the tone, with views over the street adding to the restaurant’s appeal. The kitchen prides itself on “great-value” Josper-grilled steaks, with knowledgeable waiters talking diners through the different cuts on offer: take your pick from, say, a 42-day dry-aged Hereford rib-eye or 40-day aged USDA Black Angus sirloin.
There’s only one vegetarian main on the menu (a whole baked aubergine stuffed with cherry tomatoes and pistachios), but fish lovers have plenty of choice – choose from half or whole grilled native lobster with garlic butter or perhaps Isle of Gigha halibut.
Desserts which make the most of British produce are also a hit – think a Bramley apple and blackberry crumble with Jersey cream to share between two, or a Kentish strawberry mess. Otherwise, indulge with a classic sticky toffee pudding or a selection of chocolate truffles and peanut butter fudge.
New Street Grill also offers a reasonably priced set brunch menu (with the option to add free-flowing bubbles too). Brunch kicks off with a short rib crumpet or wild mushrooms on toast, before moving on to sizeable servings of steak and fish, or a brunch burger for mains. Weekend desserts are mostly the same as during the week, but a blueberry pancake stack and a chocolate pudding make special appearances.
The restaurant is also family-friendly, with the dedicated children’s menu including mac ‘n’ cheese and a chicken burger. Moving on to more grown-up affairs, it would be impossible to talk about New Street Grill without mentioning its formidable 500-strong wine list, which has a little something for everyone (except the little ones, of course).