Hazel Nevard heads down to the well established McQueens, to see if their new chef can serve up food as good as they serve up their drinks.
When I heard Chef Nigel Smith had joined McQueen, it was a great opportunity for me to find out just why Where & Now rate this Shoreditch Club as a top hotspot and see if Nigel’s food hits the spot.
Cool and clubby yet homely with lots of squishy leather chairs and a big screen playing Steve McQueen movies, this restaurant doesn’t try and emulate any other. The place has a confident edge and so do the staff, who just seem to ‘get it’ where service is concerned.
The ambiance is American/British and the menu is loaded with American classics - a choice of Steaks cooked exactly to your liking, Maine Lobster, Surf & Turf and Burgers, as well as more complex dishes. I was spoilt for choice from the A La Carte and Seasonal Menu. I started with the Seared Scallops with Truffle Cauliflower, which was delicious, followed by Baked Wild Sea Bass on Saffron Parsnips, which I would highly recommend. My guest was equally pleased with his choice of dishes. We decided to order the wine by the glass, as our taste differs and it was nice to find a good choice. The service and the wine flowed and this turned into a completely stress free wining and dining experience. Prices are very reasonable and life is easy at McQueen.
The gently padded restaurant is a far cry from the buzz of the club and bar, which beckoned but the last train won me over. For those with no train to catch, the entertainment will pull you in and as McQueen won the Best London Bar of 2010, you won’t want to leave. I don’t think this is a restaurant you will be able to visit just the once - it is part of a larger cool beast. McQueen is a place to make friends with. It is somewhere to hang out, somewhere to have fun and somewhere to enjoy. I wandered back onto the streets of Shoreditch, relaxed, well nourished having made a new friend, a great host whose motto could be in the very words of Steve McQueen ‘’I live for myself and I answer to nobody".
Top Tip....keep your eye on the website as there are always events in this fabulous space.
55-61 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4AA
Telephone: 020 7036 9229
Written by Hazel Nevard