Today I am going to be doing another review!!! Not too long ago, myself and my boyfriend went for a meal at a restaurant called STK located in London. Now you may have heard about this restaurant because quite a few celebrities go there or have events there etc. Anyway, I have been wanting to try this restaurant out for the longest time, and we finally decided to give it a go whilst we were in London on our weekend away celebrating our anniversary. So, if you’re interested in finding out whether the restaurant is worth the money and finding out my experience of visiting here then keep on reading.
Now I’m not going to lie to you, the restaurant is fairly ‘boujee’… aka expensive. The restaurant is located in Strand in London and is generally rated 3.9 stars out of 5 on google reviews. Most of the reviews give really good feedback but a few gave negative comments about the treatment they received because they chose the set menu option for their dinner reservation. Now if you’re having a steak off the main menu, they were priced around the £40-£60 mark, so definitely not inexpensive, however, when we were visiting, they had a set menu option which was three course and a glass of champagne for £30. We a little a reluctant to hop onto this deal because of the negative feedback around it so we were going to just make a normal reservation and test the main menu. But then I thought about and I was really interested in the set menu because of the price and how it was a lot cheaper than the main menu and I just didn’t understand how that was possible so I wanted to see if you got your money’s worth on the set menu and if you got treated differently.
Here’s my experience…
When we arrived at the restaurant, despite booking there was quite a wait for our table. Therefore, we decided to go and wait by the bar and order a drink. I didn’t know what wine to order or which one I would like since I only really like sweet Rosé, but the person behind the bar was lovely and let me sample a few different wines before I picked which one I wanted. This was really helpful and great service (also the samples sizes were not small – they were like full double shot sizes). The wait was around 20 minutes so a relatively long time to say we had booked. Nevertheless, we got seated in a lovely spot. The restaurant was really nicely decorated and looked really modern and fancy. There was a great atmosphere and there was music was playing (it was quite loud, but in my opinion, it was fine, and you could still talk and have a conversation fine) so I really liked the loud music and I think it added to the atmosphere of the place.
Throughout the whole evening, we had a really good service. The waiters/waitresses could not do enough to help us and were lovely. They weren’t rude at all; service was efficient and so this was really reassuring as quite a lot of reviews said they had been treated differently by the waiters/waitresses when having the sent menu. On the actual menu there were about 3 or 4 options for each course which is quite standard in any restaurant when opting for a set menu. The options I thought were quite varied and there were options to purchase extra sides should you want to. Additionally, we got served table water and some lovely bread as a pre-starter. The bread was so lovely – like a brioche style served with some olive oil. I would definitely recommend this when visiting, it wasn’t an extra – so there was no extra charge for the bread, and it was really delicious.
Starter: Lil’ BRGS
These burgers were UNREAL! Omg… they were so good! Also, I was not expecting there to be 2 of them. Usually I do not order burgers when out in a restaurant because I am that really annoying person who doesn’t like sauces and likes their burgers super plain so doesn’t order them because it is too much hassle to ask them to remove everything off the burger. However, these were incredible. The meat was nice, the sauce on them was good (I know, my boyfriend was shocked when I said I liked the sauce since I just don’t like condiments) and honestly, I just had no complaints about the food. Also, the portion size was really good. Definitely a lot bigger than I expected.
Main: South American Grain Fed Beef Sirloin with STK sauce and French Fries.
For main, as you can tell I ordered a steak. How can you go to steakhouse and not order steak? This steak was so nice. It was cooked perfectly. I asked for it to be medium rare and that’s exactly how it was cooked. Again, not really a fan of sauces, but I did try the STK steak sauce and it was quite nice – I didn’t actually eat much of it but that’s just because I don’t like sauces that much. The chips were really nice and again the portion of chips was massive. I was so full by the end of my main, I genuinely did not know how I was going to be able to eat a dessert. I wasn’t mad about it though, because this steak and chips and was SOOOOOO good. For sure, it was one of the best steaks that I have had.
Dessert: New York Cheesecake
Not going to lie, by the time it got to dessert I was not hungry at all. The first two courses and the bread at the beginning had really filled me up. Ya girl was full. I thought that it would be alright, and the dessert would be quite small so I might just be able to manage it… oh my god… how wrong was I?!?! The size of the cheesecake was so big. I actually couldn’t believe it. As with the other courses, the cheesecake was really nice. The decoration on top of the cheesecake was also made of chocolate so could also be eaten. The sorbet wasn’t really my thing because I don’t like strawberry flavoured things (love strawberries, don’t like strawberry flavoured things – I know…. weird right). There was also a baklava inspired mini desert on the plate, but this just wasn’t good. I wouldn’t recommend trying that. It was a like cardboard. Other than that, the dessert was really nice, I just couldn’t eat much of it because I was so full, and the portion was SO big.
Was it worth £30???
100%!!!! The meal was definitely worth the money I paid. The portion sizes were so good and not something you would expect from this style of restaurant. I was surprised by the portion sizes because usually at these places they can be on the smaller size. If anything, there was slightly too much food especially with the bread as the pre-starter. The steak which came on the menu is also on the main menu (I believe as the cheapest item) but was about £26 on its own which means I paid £4 for the starter, dessert and glass of champagne. The burgers were definitely one of my favourite things I tried. They were just so nice. The dessert was lovely but like I said earlier I was just too full to eat it. Additionally, we did get our glass of champagne with the meal as it stated in the offer. The champagne was lovely and a nice way to sit and relax after the meal and let your body attempt to digest all of the food. Overall, I was really, really impressed with the restaurant and I will for sure be going back one day. Other than the wait at the beginning of the evening I had no complaints for the entire evening. Service was great, food was great, and atmosphere was great. It was everything you could want from a dinner date and I would 100% recommend trying the three-course set menu. It was such good value.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my experience of dining at STK in London. Hopefully you found the review useful and helpful. I know I find reading people’s reviews of places helpful in deciding on whether or not to visit a place – especially when they are expensive places. Leave me a comment letting me know if you have ever been to the restaurant and if so, what are your thoughts and opinions. If you haven’t where is your favourite place to dine? Over the past 2 years I have gotten really adventurous with my food and I LOVE trying new places. Until recently, I used to dine at the same few restaurants over and over again. Thank you for reading and I will speak to you in the next one!
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