Restuarant Review: McQueen

GT eats like a filmstar in Shoreditch

The venue is, as the name would suggest, a tribute to Steve McQueen and very much in the spirit of The Thomas Crowne Affair with a classy mix of log cabin, 70s cocktail louge, fast cars and the expectation that a glamourous Faye Dunaway type could walk in at any moment. It's location in the trendy Shoreditch/Old street area makes is an odd but unique addition to the areas increasingly varied nightlife. It's quite the destination venue, as well as the restuarant, there is a busy after work bar and their downstairs club hosts the increasingly popular Secret Rendezvous clubnight (where we are told there are boy pole dancers - shhhhh).

The McQueen film Bullit was the visual soundtrack, while a selection of Nouvelle Vague lounge covers and Sinatra-esque crooners serenaded our dining, in keeping with the theme.

The menu has paid fastidious attention to the American Grill concept, with an impressive array of steaks and lobster. My absolute gent of a dining partner went for the American USDA prime cut steak, which was beautifully tender and arrived with huge chips (almost like croquettes) and a delicate sauce. I had the baked wild sea bass on crushed parsnips. The fish wish simply prepared and went well with the very creamy and sweet root mash. They're keen on floral decoration as our starters came adorned with purple flowers, accompanying both our Maryland crab cakes and seared scallops. The knowledgeable waitress chattily helped out with our wine choices, in particular their impressive array of dessert wines which rivaled their slow baked New York cheescake for a delicious sweetness that managed to avoid being cloyingly sickly.

In short, this is a unintimidatingly swanky venue that is an ideal place to take a film geek out for a romantic evening.

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