The highly anticipated M Restaurants opened a month ago and are the brainchild of ex Gaucho Managing Director Martin Williams. The impressive building sits just off of Threadneedle Street in the heart of London’s city offices. It boasts an upstairs bar which was designed by Lance Perkins, who is currently Bars and Beverage Director at the Edition hotel.
Downstairs the space is split into two, M-GRILL on the left with an eye-wateringly delicious list of steaks on offer ranging from £25 to £150 for Kobe steak. On show in the corner is the impressive ageing rooms where you can choose your steaks and advise on the size you want cut, along with beef master classes with top butchers.
On the other side, which is where we were dining for the evening, is M-RAW, a more casual affair, offering fast and small plates such as sashimi and tartar. M-RAW will also be offering some very healthy breakfasts from January 2015, very useful for the local Fitness First members down the road before a hard day in the office. They also have a secret den and four private dining rooms which would be great venues for intimate gatherings.
The ambience and environment is really impressive, and we would suggest it’s well worth starting at the bar upstairs for a sampling of the cocktail list and the perfect view for a spot of people watching below. Once we’d enjoyed a pre-dinner tipple we were shown down the sweeping stairs, which split the two restaurants, to our table in the M-RAW Bar.
The decor is classy with contemporary touches and artwork from Miles Aldridge draped along an assortment of walls and large windows cover the entire restaurant front to produce a truly stunning setting for a special intimate meal.
The beauty of M-RAW is to select a variety of dishes to share and our lovely Spanish waitress, Irene, suggested 3-4 per person. The sampler from the sashimi bar is a great sharing dish giving you generous portions of the Trout, Swordfish, Albacore Tuna and Smoked Eel (a delicious first for us!).
Next up were the Cured Langoustines with Pink Grapefruit, Cucumber & Foie Gras, an incredibly fresh dish with wafer thin langoustines accompanied by the sharp flavours of pink grapefruit.
Scallops with Apple & Bacon were next from the tartare and tiradito bar. The bacon was more of a bacon crumb, meaning that it didn’t overpower the subtle flavours of the scallops and the crunch of the apple finished the dish perfectly.
The Black Cod Ramen, although a little fiddly to share between two, definitely packed some incredible flavours. The egg had been slow cooked for forty minutes yet the yolk was still runny and merged perfectly with the ramen broth. The black cod flaked away with ease and was complimented by a touch of chilli, which made it a perfect winter warmer.
The winning dish of the evening though was the Onglet Steak cooked over coals, tender and with a theatrical flair as it sizzled away in front of your eyes. Best accompanied with the Crispy Potato Salad with Chilli, Bacon & Onion.
Following what was quite a list of fine food, we decided to explore the dessert menu and couldn’t resist the White Chocolate & Lavender Soup with Poached Apples & Coconut Tuile. This is one for the sweet toothed diner and a really rich dish that could easily be shared between four people and is well worth ordering!
The M-RAW Bar provided us with a wonderful evening of fine dining that is perfect for sharing with friends. With the price of steak being pretty steep at the next door M-GRILL, M-RAW is probably the best for exquisite food on a smaller budget. The staff are excellent to, going out of their way to ensure that your experience is of the highest order, regardless of whether you are there for just a drink or a full evening of debauchery.
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