We recently moved offices from Covent Garden to King’s Cross and I’ve been so impressed by the range of new bars and restaurants which have opened up in the area. It’s a total foodie heaven! So when I heard about a new steak restaurant opening up a stone’s throw away from the office, I just had to try it out!
Tim and I visited early evening on a Friday and as you can imagine, the bar was packed with people enjoying a post-work tipple (or two!) as well as tourists visiting the capital. What wasn’t clear from the restaurant’s website was that it is actually based within a hotel and this is something I’m often a little hesitant about. From the restaurant you can actually see through to the hotel’s reception – ordinarily this might sound a bit off-putting, but with the decor and ambience, it just worked! There are butcher’s style floor tiles, cosy red-leather booths, bold retro chairs, a marble-topped Chef’s Table, where guests can pull up a stool to experience the‘Primed + Perfect’ open kitchen and even a neon cow ‘taste map’ (probably not one for the veggies!) It has a perfect buzz while still feeling relaxed.
Their steaks are sourced from the Pampas in South America then dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days and the menu talks you through the different steak cuts available. As we were deciding what to order, we were brought a little bowl of popcorn which was made with beef dripping. Yes, BEEF DRIPPING! And it was incredible. Our waitress (who was really lovely!) refilled it for us a couple of times as we couldn’t get enough of these meaty, pops of goodness!
For starter, Tim ordered the Mixed Seafood Pot with mussels, prawns, white fish, squid and clams cooked in white wine, garlic and butter, served with crusty ciabatta and a wedge of lemon. I went for something similar but stuck with just Garlic King Prawns. I was expecting these to be presented whole and so the little pot that arrived with the shelled prawns in white wine, garlic and butter looked a little bit sorry for itself. However while it might not have been a looker of a plate, it was certainly tasty! The prawns were perfectly cooked (nothing worse than hard, rubbery prawns!!) and it was a generous portion. Tim’s dish looked more substantial and had a great selection of seafood.
For main course, we obviously went for steak, and both ordered the 10oz Ribeye, which was served with beef dripping chunky chips. We also ordered some sides – Mac N Cheese with Crab, Roasted Winter Veg and ‘B Sauce’, the restaurant’s signature blend extra spicy black sauce. And I was really, really impressed.
The steaks were cooked beautifully and had a lovely flavour, they melted in your mouth, as did the chips. The Mac and Cheese was just how I like it, with big pieces of macaroni drowning in rich, indulgent, gooey cheese. And topped with a generous serving of crab meat on top, heaven! The veggies were also some of the best I’ve ever had, perfectly caramelised.
Then came the desserts. Oh the desserts. There was an excellent range of puds on the menu, but we were intrigued by the two Churros Sundaes; churros coated in cinnamon sugar, served with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, brownie chunks, biscuit bites, clotted cream and chocolate toffee sauce. And churros coated in cinnamon sugar, served with vanilla ice cream, lemon curd, clotted cream, crunchy biscuit bites and meringue. So we went for one of each. And they were certainly a sight to behold!
One would have been plenty between the two of us and as you can imagine, they were just as good as they looked!
I think the thing that really amazed me about Bar + Block was the prices of the dishes – it is incredibly reasonably priced for the quality of the food. Starters and puddings are around the £5-6 mark and steaks were around £15-20. It’s somewhere you can dine more regularly for excellent grub without having to blow the budget. I’ll definitely be returning and bringing my colleagues too.
If you’re just looking for somewhere to go for a drink rather than a meal, the bar offers a selection of craft beers from BrewDog and Goose Island, Rekorderlig ciders, local Camden Hells and a host of familiar favourites on tap including Meantime. Every Monday to Thursday, cocktails are half price from 5-7pm, and on Fizz Fridays you can enjoy a bottle of Prosecco for £18 all day.
You can find out more and book on their website here.
I was invited to review Bar + Block by Roche Communications and Bar + Block, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.