STK has a major rep for being the place to hang for reality stars and sport types. TOWIE and MIC spring to mind and populate their social media feeds. Even if you are dead against breathing the same air as ‘b-listers’, there are still some powerful reasons to visit. No 1, it is in the ME London Hotel which has a pretty impressive rooftop bar. Funky sounds, great views and a happy crowd settle in for a night of fun.
No 2, is the fact that the food is good. On our visit, it was a pre-theatre stop and we did both the bar and restaurant. With the bar, its slick and a nice centre piece to watch dining guests. There are also some good cocktails. I had an old fashioned and Sam Vanilla had a Gin Berry Breeze with gin, lemoncello, lemon juice and blueberry. A nice refreshing mix indeed. Both drinks were good.
In the restaurant, the service halted slightly. It took a while to get someone’s attention. Then it was a little bit scatty, not at all as slick as you would expect after the bar and for the prices. We had ordered tap water which never arrived. I am sorry, but we are all entitled to make the decision to not pay for water. We were certainly not cheapskates as my expensive fillet set will vouch for. I went for a la carte with a just an order of steak with peppercorn sauce and a side of lobster mac and cheese. I will say, the food was lush.
The meat was melt in your mouth. Sam Vanilla went for the pre-theatre which is a decent price with good dishes on it. As a starter there was cured salmon on seeded levash bread with beetroot. For mains it was Santa Maria tri trip with fries and a stuffed portobello mushroom to boot. As dessert was part of the set menu, it seemed rude not to, so Sam had the salty caramel creme brulee. Of course I had a little dip and it was worth it. I was too full to do too much damage as was Sam.
Overall it was a good experience, although the service could be worked on in the restaurant.
ME London Hotel
336 – 337 Strand