Just off of York Way in King's Cross sits one of the best steak restaurants in the city. Bar + Block is gaining a huge name for itself due to its authentic style of cooking and ingredients. Take a look at what we made of it when we went to visit.
Located in the bona fide drinking and dining hub of King’s Cross, Bar + Block is the latest arrival to London’s steakhouse scene. From business brunches to lightening-speed lunches and relaxed suppers, tuck into juicy steaks hand cut to order throughout the day. The bar is as important as the bites at Bar + Block, with a contemporary cocktail menu, global wine list and a dedicated snack menu. If steak is on your agenda then this is the place for you.
Butcher’s style floor tiles welcome guests towards cosy red-leather booths, bold retro chairs or buttery faun banquettes to kick back and relax. The modern design lends centre stage to a marble-topped Chef’s Table, where guests can pull up a stool to experience the theatre of the ‘Primed + Perfect’ open kitchen. Copper finishes, statement lighting and a neon cow ‘taste map’ – drawing connections between the farm and the plate – all provide a stylish setting.
After getting two unbelievably refreshing cocktails, which certainly hit the spot in the 34°C heat, we were faced with the hard task of picking starters. Thankfully, we were offered complimentary beef popcorn which may sound strange but tastes delicious. Crab, mac & cheese bites, squid, prawns, brisket and many more looked lovingly up at us from the menu. After much deliberation, we settled for the prawns, basted in a garlic and chilli butter and the salt and pepper squid. A perfect starter which set us up for the main event: the steaks.
A delicately prepared 10oz, spiral cut sirloin appeared with peppercorn sauce and those beef dripping chips, shortly followed by a 14oz Tira De Ancho rump steak with chimichurri sauce. The steaks, which were cooked to perfection we might add, were accompanied with mac & cheese bites and garlic spinach. Unbelievable doesn't even begin to describe the quality of the mains, which left us feeling full, to say the least. Pudding anyone?
A light but flavour packed brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream was the first to appear at the table. The well portioned dessert was more appetising than the steak, filling us once again with joy at what was to come. Quickly came the sticky toffee pudding, a British classic with a South American twist of honeycomb ice cream being partnered with the pudding. Delicious would be the only way to describe the deserts and the entire meal in fact. These guys definitely aren't a chip off the old block when it comes to serious steaks.
Four a three course meal with sides, four cocktails and impeccable service, you're looking at spending just over £100 which is extremely reasonable considering the quality of the food and atmosphere. Bar + Block is definitely making a name for itself and is fast becoming one of our favourite places to eat in King's Cross.
What to Wear
The relaxed nature of Bar + Block carries over into the dress code. It's somewhere you would not feel out of place if you arrived for breakfast in a tracksuit but it's also somewhere that you can dress up. Although there were groups in suits, who'd come straight from the office, there were also couples in a T-Shirt and jeans.
We'd recommend wearing an overshirt, jeans and Chelsea boots so you won't look too underdressed or overdressed. It's also a lot easier to get peppercorn sauce out of a simple pair of jeans than if you wore a suit. Relaxed is the name of the game.