Monday, 13 March 2017

Bar + Block

Written by Katrina Schollenberger

Bar + Block 

26-30 York Way

Kings Cross

London

N1 9AA

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If you are a regular #GourmetGirls reader, you may have picked up on the fact that we can't help but to be tempted by steak on restaurant menus. Nothing beats a good steak and chips. Lucky for us this week, we were invited to Bar + Block, a steakhouse and bar that spoils you for choice on their steak and side options.

Bar + Block is located just off the heart of King's Cross, and is attached to a contemporary Premier Inn. Bar + Block features a bar with a nice cocktail and wine list before you head further into the restaurant, which is a good meeting point for friends and after-work drinks. As I arrived to Bar + Block, I was greeted by a friendly attendant, who seated me with beef salted popcorn to nibble while I waited for my guest.

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I began my evening with a Gin Smash cocktail, which resembled a muddled mojito. For starters, my guest ordered the stone baked flat bread Topped with sweet red onion marmalade, cheddar cheese, red chilli and rocket. I chose the garlic king prawns cooked in white wine, garlic and butter, with a squeeze of lemon juice and served with crusty ciabatta. The flat bread was a bit spicy for my taste, but the prawns were cooked to perfection. I haven't had a better starter in a long time! The portion was right, the sauce was moreish, and the prawns were cooked perfectly.

For mains, we couldn't possibly opt for anything else but the steak. My guest and I tried the 8oz sirloin steak with dripping chunky chips and bernaise sauce, with a herb crusted mac and cheese side. The beef at Bar + Block comes from British breeds of cattle reared across the Pampas in South America, and is aged for a minimum of 28 days. I asked for mine to be cooked medium-well, which I now believe to be a mistake, as the steak came out a little tough. Perhaps I need to brush up on my knowledge of cuts and grill time, as I can't say I enjoyed the steak as much as I enjoyed the prawns.
 
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I tried another cocktail- the mango colada this time, which may not suit some palettes but I quite enjoyed it. My guest and I finished our meal with sticky toffee pudding and honeycomb ice cream, as well as baked cheesecake (quite a meal, I know!). The sticky toffee pudding was delightfully warm and gooey, if a little on the sweet side.

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Overall, the atmosphere and service were great, but I wouldn't be itching back for dinner again. I did really enjoy the starter and cocktails, but the main and dessert fell a little on the average side. Perhaps I'd need to sample something different from the main selection!


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