Burgers & Steaks

Burger-and-Steak-restaurant

On the penultimate weekend before Christmas, the OH and I took Little Man to meet Santa on Duke of York Square. This wasn’t his first visit but this is the first year he’s understanding the buzz around Christmas – and he now knows who Santa is. Last year it was just all about the twinkly lights, which of course is one of the reasons why this is my favourite time of the year in Chelsea.
Duke of York Square Christmas Tree

Much to my delight and relief, Little Man listened carefully to Santa who talked about his journey around the world on Christmas Day. It was the quietest Little Man had been all day and it was a real delight to see him soak up the festive spirit. I also love what he’s asking for Christmas – of all the toys and books that he adores, he’s asking for a foodie treat from Santa: an ice cream cupcake. 🙂

Duke of York Square Santa's Grotto

After visiting Santa we strolled through Duke of York Square, past more twinkling lights and across Sloane Square to …

Sloane Square Christmas Lights

… Côte. This was my very first visit to a Côte restaurant which we chose out of convenience in terms of location and because I found out they had a kids menu. Plus, we are always in Comptoir Libanais and I thought maybe we could have a little change.Cote Sloane Square

The interior is so much bigger than I’d imagined. Adjoined to Sloane Square Hotel, the restaurant stretches round to make it more than three times the size of what you see from the street.

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As we waited for our food to arrive, I did some people watching as Little Man and OH took a stroll around. There was a real mix of diners here: locals and guests staying at the hotel. It had a very relaxing atmosphere which I really liked.

Cote Sloane Square

Eventually the food arrived and …

Cote Sloane Square

… with his beer, the OH had a ribeye steak that he ordered rare.

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I had the pork belly dish with some potato dauphinoise, which I realised is very similar to the dish I ordered two restaurant visits ago. I clearly need to be a tad more adventurous with my food. Though I must point out, I loved the succulence of this version. The meat was so soft. Gorgeous.

Cote Sloane Square

Little Man had sausages and mash which he enjoyed too.

For dessert, OH had the crème brûlée … Cote Sloane Square… whilst I had the apple tart with a glass of dessert wine.

Cote Sloane Square

Little Man had some ice cream but ended up stealing most of the crème brûlée instead.

After a satisfying meal, we ventured back outside and into the land of the twinkling lights. And for this reason I would recommend grabbing a bite to eat on Sloane Square or Duke of York Square. This is such a beautiful time of the year in Chelsea. Soak it up while you can.

Cote Sloane Square

Chelsea Girl

I was recently invited to Maze Grill for their Eve of Beef supper club which started making its way round Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants since its inception on Park Walk. I couldn’t make the inaugural evening but thankfully I managed to catch up with it at Royal Hospital Road.

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

This was my first visit to a Maze Grill which headlines itself as a steak and sushi restaurant, which are two of my favourite foodie things ever.

When I arrived, there was a choice of cocktails to pick from and I was very tempted by the whisky topped with a strip of bacon that was also a sign of things to come: meat, meat and more meat!

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

But when I took my seat and waited for Suze to arrive, I was also reminded that there would be sushi on the menu with the sight of chopsticks at the table.

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

The supper club kicked off with these tasty canapés …

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

… and when Suze arrived, I had to try the other (more milky) cocktail being offered at the start of the evening.

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

The first dish on the menu was a sharing platter that arrived with croquettes, smoked pork ribs, BBQ glazed chicken wings which came with a homemade Jack Daniels sauce – and soft shell crab sushi. All of which were fantastic …

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

… as was the lovely chilled glass of white wine that accompanied the first course.

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

The next platter to arrive included plenty of meat and some onion rings. Admittedly Suze and I didn’t finish everything – the lovely girls that we are, we brought some back to our other halves in doggy bags because there was a lot to enjoy. The ribs, the steak and the pulled pork were all very good: juicy in texture and great in taste – and so much of it.

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

On the side, we also enjoyed chips, potato salad, pickles and …

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

… macaroni cheese …

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road… with a gorgeous glass of red too.

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

And to end the evening, we had the most wonderful Bourbon Drunk Monkey bread pudding, which I completely devoured as well as …

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

… the beautiful dessert wine …

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road… and to end the evening, a very lovely soya flat white.

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

Suze and I were invited as guests but at £60 a head plus a bit more for two levels of wine pairings: unusual and prestige, you can probably understand why I recommend Maze Grill’s supper club. If you’re a meat and seafood lover, there is plenty and I mean plenty for you to enjoy. On top of that, the downstairs of Maze Grill on Royal Hospital Road is a very easy place to while away the hours catching up with a friend. Very lovely indeed.

The next Eve of Beef supper club is back at Maze Grill Park Walk on Tuesday 19th January 2016. The menu looks slightly different. Here is a link to check it out.

Chelsea Girl

 

Last weekend I ventured down to BRGR.CO on the King’s Road. I’ve been curious about this place since it opened a while ago. Perhaps it’s because I’m a creature of habit but it wasn’t until I was invited in to review the kids menu with Little Man that I finally stepped through these doors.

BRGR Co King's Road

I love burgers and up until quite recently I’d be there at the opening of a new burger joint. And up until last weekend I thought I had tried it all (almost) in London …

BRGR Co King's Road

… seen it all …

BRGR Co King's Road

… and that there were very few surprises left for me to discover. As I learned last weekend, I was wrong. (Don’t you love this cow? I loved the décor in this place.)

BRGR Co King's Road

So to start with the reason why I was here in the first place: Little Man’s first official review – the kids menu. The pressure was on. Was he going to like the food or not? Little Man is already used to eating out so restaurant etiquette didn’t concern me. He’s not shy to ask to press the green button on the card machine or to call for the ‘lady’ if he wants his ice cream ‘please’, at the tender age of two. But what I hadn’t expected was that Little Man was just on the verge of coming down with an awful bug that he is still suffering from and so his appetite was on its way out when we visited BRGR.CO.

What arrived in front of him were these two cute sliders and some fries. Little Man picked at the fries but struggled with the burgers and later, the old fashioned mac n’cheese. What he didn’t have a problem with was the …

BRGR Co King's Road

… Oreo cookie milkshake, which he talked about the next day – asking for it, all morning.

BRGR Co King's Road

The OH and I on the other hand did eat our burgers and I can testify that I was surprised, I clearly haven’t seen it all and this was a brand new experience I hadn’t expected.

Mine was the rump steak burger, which was truly divine. Melt in your mouth succulent and so tasty, I actually forgot to add any sauce or relish. I did ask for guacamole to be added to the burger, which had a smoothness that complimented the whole experience. The OH loved his Hanger Steak Burger too.

BRGR Co King's Road

We also had some parmesan truffle chips, which were gorgeous as well as …

BRGR Co King's Road… matching his and her bubbles.

BRGR Co King's Road

I am certain that the quality of the grown ups’ food is consistent with the kids’ because as the early evening proceeded, we saw quite a few children come into the restaurant.

As for Little Man, bless his foodie heart, we left with a doggy bag in case he felt a little peckish later.

BRGR Co King's Road

BRGR.CO 127 King’s Rd, London SW3 4PW

Chelsea Girl

 

One of my favourite rituals with Little Man is to go out for a bite to eat. We usually go à deux and usually to Sophie’s Steakhouse because this is the only place where he doesn’t have a problem with the children’s menu. So we’re here almost on a weekly basis.
Sophie's Steakhouse

Last week however, we made a couple of visits. The second was on Sunday so we could enjoy a family roast. My self-interest was to also try the prime rib which I’ve heard so much about. Except that whilst it all started off as usual, quite normal, and very pleasant … our linner took a surprising turn.

Sophie's Steakhouse

Little Man’s roast chicken arrived ok with roast potatoes and vegetables, which all looked good to me.
Sophie's Steakhouse

Problem is, when he saw the prime rib, he wanted what mummy was having. He usually does. But normally he’s fine with me having steak frites whilst he has haddock and mash. The prime rib however was something he hadn’t seen before. It was in a different league and there was no way he was going to be stuck with the chicken when the grown ups were having this gorgeous piece of meat and Yorkshire pudding.

This was food envy on another level. And thanks to OH working with me to create distractions so I could eat my roast, I discovered something very impressive. The thick juicy meat was very tender. It was so easy to eat and it now makes sense why Sophie’s is so popular for roasts too. The Yorkshire pudding was crisp and golden …
Sophie's Steakhouse

… whilst the roast potatoes were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Just how I like it. Sophie's Steakhouse

And of course, the added bonus of having a roast at Sophie’s is their margaritas. Sophie's Steakhouse

Eventually Little Man simmered down and by the time his ice cream arrived, I had successfully finished my prime rib without him batting an eyelid. Next time though, I think I’ll skip the chicken and go for his usual which never fails. I’m definitely returning for most roast linners at Sophie’s.Sophie's Steakhouse

Sophies Steak House, 311-313 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9QHChelsea Girl

 

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