NEW STREET GRILL - LONDONOctober 20, 2015
The New Street Grill is hidden away just off of Liverpool Street in a historic 18th century warehouse, once used by the East India Company. Its menu features hearty dishes including Josper-grilled steaks, superior cuts of meat and fish, alongside seasonal British produce, accompanied by an extensive wine list of over 500 references (which is always a big plus).
The New Street Grill's dimly-lit dining area is a perfect place to unwind. My sister and I had both had a long day so we were both ravenous and ready to relax into an enjoyable evening and we knew straight away that we were in the right place.
We were lucky enough to be sat at a very special table, right next to the large arched window that overlooks the outdoor terraced area. It's a truly wonderful place to dine that's very romantic; it would definitely make for a memorable date.
Starter : Lobster cocktail, crisp lettuce, Marie Rose sauce.
A simple, refreshing and light starter. The luxury version of prawn cocktail.
The sommelier was super attentive and on hand to recommend wine pairings with each course - all of which were exceptional. Rest assured that you will be well wined and dined well at New Street Grill.
Main : Caramelised duck breast, Puy lentils, celeriac, red wine jus.
Tender duck breast cooked medium rare to order on a creamy bed of celeriac and lentils, finished with a stunning rich red wine jus. A true winter warmer.
Halibut cooked to perfection with a crisp skin, with hearty moreish creamy mash and a deliciously rich Bourguignon lardons that pack a flavourful punch.
Dessert : Valrhona dark chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream.
In celebration of National Chocolate Week we opted for the devilishly moreish chocolate fondant which is made fresh to order so it oozes with rich molten chocolate when you break into it with your spoon. It's a little piece of sheer indulgence. This was expertly paired with a vintage sweet wine chosen by the sommelier which was a match made in heaven. The good news is that the Valrhona dark chocolate fondant is on the fixed menu so you can enjoy it for yourself any time - this dessert alone makes New Street Grill well worth a visit.
Sweet wine pairing : Domaine Du Trapadis 2009.
Before we knew it, more indulgent chocolatey things where brought out for us, this time it was some perfectly chewy and dense chocolate brownies.
After our wonderfully satisfying meal and chocolate fix at New Street Grill, we retired to the Old Bengal Bar just next door for a tipple or two. It's the perfect place to unwind with it's cool atmosphere and happening vibe. The decor features exposed brick walls, scarlet leather couches and dim lights - it's the perfect environment to enjoy good cocktails and chat with good friends.
Cocktails : (left) Homemade Lemonade (right) - Coffee and Cigarettes.
The Old Bengal Bar's extensive cocktail list has some fun and experimental cocktails. I went for the Coffee & Cigarettes cocktail (mainly because I was fascinated by the name) which contains Zacapa 23 yr, Perique tobacco Liqure, coffee bitters, white candy. It's a very strong, grown-up tasting cocktail. My older, better behaved sister went for Homemade Lemonade, a mocktail containing a mix of fresh fruits chosen by the bartender, balanced with sweet & sour and topped with soda - a refreshing alcohol-free cocktail, I may have had a bit of cocktail envy!
From the stylish decor to the attentive welcoming staff, the New Street Grill is a place that will have you feeling relaxed and ready for a good night from the moment you walk in. It's the perfect post-work hangout where you can refuel on delicious and satisfying food before enjoying good cocktails in great company at the Old Bengal Bar. I had such a good night and I can't wait to return, see you there next week?