McQueen, EC2

McQueen 300x205 McQueen, EC2Having already gained a reputation for being one of the coolest nightspots in East London, the team behind McQueen have opened a restaurant to provide the Shoreditch-set with an equally hip place to eat.  And as takes its name and inspiration from the original King of Cool, Steve McQueen, it’s no surprise that the restaurant provides a classic American flavour to nights out in London.

With some great cocktails and a stylish look, the lounge bar acts as the draw for customers for the early part of the evening.  Head to the dining area and you will find a combination of exposed stone, deep brown furniture, luxurious furs and classic McQueen prints.  This all serves to create an upbeat atmosphere with a touch of vintage Hollywood glamour.  As such, it’s best advised to book a table a little later in the evening (around 8pm onwards) if you really want to soak up the lively atmosphere that arrives in the restaurant once a few drinks have been had in the bar.

The kitchen is taken care of by head chef Anupam Som, formerly at experimental vegetarian restaurant Saf.  With an Indian background and extensive experience of cooking in the States, Anupam’s menu draws its inspiration from classic American and spicy Creole cuisine.   Our starters included a meaty Maryland crab cake served with saffron & lemon mayonnaise and a beautifully cooked dish of Seared scallops with candied yams & truffle cauliflower.  As you’d expect of an American restaurant, steaks feature heavily on the mains.  The USDA steak in my favoured Sirloin cut was well cooked and flavoursome, as are the chips.  Quite impressively, the Cajun seasoned salmon fillet served with Jambalaya risotto was deliciously spiced and large enough to feed a small trawler full of hungry fishermen.

Dessert is probably best missed, with the Baked cheesecake being nothing more than bland stodge.  However, this should be taken as an excuse to indulge in a few more cocktails, including the irresistibly named Chocolat, which comprises a delicious concoction of Tuaca, absinthe, coffee liqueur & chocolate bitters.

Food: 3.5/5
Venue: 4/5
Value: 3/5

Cuisine type: American
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £70
Cocktails: £9
Wine: £5

McQueen
55-60 Tabernacle Street
Shoreditch
London, EC2A 4AA
www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk

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