Black and Blue, W1

Black and Blue ft image 300x200 Black and Blue, W1Meat is big business at the moment, especially as so many of us increasingly turn away from the modest portions of fine dining establishments to restaurants where you leave feeling like you probably don’t need to eat for the rest of the week.   This trend is particularly flourishing at the top end of the of the price scale, with Goodman, Hawksmoor, Gaucho et al permanently full.

At the slightly more affordable end of the meat feast spectrum is the growing Black and Blue chain.  They’ve already got half a dozen sites across London, including Borough Market, Notting Hill Gate and the latest on Mortimer Street.  With its large and lively bar area serving a good selection of cocktails, wine and beers, this new venue is ideal for a few post work drinks.  The adjacent dining area has a similarly upbeat atmosphere, with large tables and booth seating making it well suited to quick and easy dinners as well as larger groups.

In keeping with the atmosphere, the food is also easy going and inviting, with a good selection of carefully sourced steaks and other meat dishes available.  For example, burgers come directly from top butcher, Jefferies of Kingston and steaks are dry-aged for 28 days for extra flavour.  Particularly enjoyable is the Char-grilled chicken breast and the Crispy chicken tenders that feature plump pieces of tasty chicken covered in a golden crisp coating.  Other dishes are of a good standard too, although the muted flavours of dishes like the Char-grilled prawns with garlic butter are very much in keeping with that of a chain restaurant.  Desserts are pretty formulaic too, with the Chocolate brownie and Warm apple & almond tart going for size and sweetness over wow-factor.

Food: 3/5
Venue: 3/5
Value: 3/5

Cuisine: Steak/Grills
Meal for two (excluding drinks): £60
Wine: £6
Cocktails: £8

Black and Blue Mortimer Street
37 Berners Street
London, W1T 3NB
Tel: 020 7436 0451
www.blackandbluerestaurants.com