When I visited: October 2015
Location: London, near St Paul’s
Team: Gordon Ramsay (group founder), Erion Karaj (Executive Head Chef), Paul Shearing (Head Chef), Mat Horvath (General Manager)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended
What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress / workwear
Ambience: Bustling, fun
Course of the meal: Porterhouse steak
If I could change one thing: Allow the same staff to serve drinks and food
Bread Street Kitchen offers one of the biggest restaurant spaces this Owl has ever seen, but somehow still managed to fill the space on a Friday evening. The service was good from the start, although the staff asked to swap out a menu we had already been given as they said it was out of date, and slightly weirdly we could easily alert them when ready to order food but then a different waiter had to actually take the order.
My partner Owl and I went for the a la carte dinner, after starting with some good cocktails – a pink martini and an espresso martini which contained liquorice. With the food, we had a carafe of white oaked Chardonnay which was tasty and went well with all the food.
We started with crab and apple cocktail and a carpaccio with avocado and ginger; both were suitably light as we were going for steak as a main. We shared a Porterhouse cut of steak with hand-cut chips, with sides of honey-spiced carrots and a beetroot salad with feta and nuts. All these elements were full of flavour, especially the steak itself. We had to have quite a lot of steak by weight to allow us to order the Porterhouse cut but it was worth it, and you can always leave some. Desserts were a chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream, and a Bakewell tart with creme fraiche. They weren’t too big or sweet, which is a common failing in restaurants.
Bread Street Kitchen is well worth a visit if you are in the City area for dinner.