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.”
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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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:
Whipped cods roe
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.
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.
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.
strawberries, crumble, fig leaf ice cream
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.
M Victoria Street
M Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria St, London, SW1E 6SQ
Post in partnership with Bookatable; all views are my own.