October 14, 2018

Musings: Dining at M Restaurant With Bookatable 

Last Saturday night involved a few of my favourite things, unlimited prosecco, a four course menu and catching up with a good friend. Thanks to Bookatable, I was able to try out a new restaurant too, that being ‘M’. I’m used to going to the same old places, some of which you may discover on this list. Living in London, the choice is endless and sometimes it can get a little overwhelming but with Bookatable, its easy to search by location, budget and cuisine.

 

Not only that there are handy sections for meal types e.g breakfast, lunch, cocktails or fancy dinner. 

My occasion was catching up with a friend and we didn’t want to head somewhere too fancy, too loud or too busy, so we decided on M in Victoria. I’d never heard of the chain before but it’s described as:

“A high-end concept brought to you by the former MD of steak restaurant Gaucho and Le Gavroche chef Michael Reid, M Victoria is the second M opening, joining its hugely popular sister restaurant, M Threadneedle St. This award–winning grill restaurant was shortlisted as Best New Opening 2016 and won ‘Best Grill Restaurant – London’ 2018.”

Source 

Ambience

Gaucho is one of my favourite restaurant chains and what I love about it is that they’re all about the food, creating a mature and luxury experience. Walking into M felt like Gaucho’s younger and more approachable sister. Call me old, but the music wasn’t too loud and being acknowledged straightaway is always a plus in my books. We were shown to our table in a matter of seconds and took in our surroundings. It felt like an exclusive private club members club which was a contrast to the minimalist wine shop upstairs…

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London Restaurant Festival 

With it being the London Restaurant Festival, it meant that instead of it being a la carte, we had a few options to choose from on this menu. Of course I’d read a re-read the pdf a hundred times and knew what I was going to order. Surprisingly, when you’ve been friends with someone forever, you start to realise you’re pretty much the same person bar a few traits. You end up ordering the same things and that does make it easier for the waiter I guess when you say ‘we’re having the same’. Here are the lowdowns on what we had:

Snack

Whipped cods roe

rice crackers

The sauce was SO good we asked to keep it to assist our mains. It was lovely to have something to ‘snack’ on whilst we waited for our mains. Not only that, the rice crackers are simple enough not to mess with your palate.

Starter

Chicken karaage

nori Kewpie mayonnaise, fermented chilli glaze, daikon

I love ordering something I can’t pronounce but ‘OHMYGOD‘ these were fantastic. This dish is what I’d like to call grown-up fried chicken.

Main Course 

Argentine rump steak 200g

garnished with chips

We both had ours medium to well and well the silence between us said it all. When your knife cuts right through and the meat is cooked exactly how you ordered, life cannot get any better in that moment can it? They were definitely worth the wait as they took a little while to come. Luckily, we were well informed they were going to be a while and were distracted by the free flowing prosecco. I wish I had this to distract me all the time.

Desserts

Baked cheesecake

strawberries, crumble, fig leaf ice cream

After being full up from our main, we had a good gap before our cheesecakes arrived and well, WOW. Is this the best cheesecake I’ve had outside New York, probably?

 

 

Just how much did this come to?

Best of all, can you believe this is only £34.50 per person? It includes free flowing prosecco for 90 mins and not one, but FOUR courses. Most free flowing prosecco deals are restricted by a certain time of day and not usually available on a Saturday. It just goes to show that you can have a lovely evening out without it breaking the bank. Or what I’d call bouji on a budget’. 

I would like to commend our waiter Shanti for his great service and truly going the extra mile.

Ironically, since writing this post, I visited M again in Threadneedle Street and it was just as good! M, you have a new fan thanks to Bookatable.

Details 

M Victoria Street

M Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria St, London, SW1E 6SQ

You can book via Bookatable here.

Read more:
Memoirs: Brunching at Le Meridien with Bookatable
Musings: The London Guide to ‘Bouji on a Budget’ Restaurants
Musings: My London Foodie List – Where to Eat in London?

What is your favourite London restaurant?

Char xo 

Post in partnership with Bookatable; all views are my own. 

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