REVIEW: FEASTival Board @ STK
WHAT? Dazzlingly stylish steak specialists STK have made it their mission to become London’s poshest pre-drink venue for the last of the summer festivals.
With Elrow Town, South West Four and Notting Hill Carnival closing out the most hedonistic, sun-soaked summer this city can remember, here’s the chance to line your stomach with sumptuous food, cocktails and banging tunes. We headed to STK London to try the brand new FEASTival board, available throughout August…
WHY GO? From Wildest Dreams to Purple Rain, cocktails at the restaurant’s elegant long bar taste as good as their names, expertly mixed to guarantee plenty of good times. They flow in full force as jazzy staff and glitzy clientele bop to banging music, low lighting and high fashion lending the place an upscale nightclub feel no matter what time it is.
It’s not the sort of place you can turn up to wearing scuffed shoes (and if you did, you’d feel pretty damn uncomfortable). Women in bandage dresses totter in heels and men undo top buttons as they pursue the meat-laden menu, an apt mix of Bonobo, The Rolling Stones and old school disco sending everyone’s feet tapping.
The A La Carte menu is an embarrassment of riches that counts Parmesan truffle fries, tempura sea scallops, roasted octopus and jumbo lump crab salad among its specialities, and happily the FEASTival board brings together several highlights found on the regular menu (ideally shared between four, at £200 a pop).
Proceedings start with what else, but a hunk of (excellent) steak – a New York Strip cut of USDA grain-fed beef served medium rare by STK’s recommendation. Ours was cooked to perfection, in need of no accompanying sauce (though there’s plenty to choose from should you so wish). Next, a thick slab of premium Brisket served with BBQ sauce, and two Lil’ BRGs slathered in cheese. Now we mention it, rather a lot of dishes include cheese (particularly the restaurant’s signature, pull-apart Blue Cheese brioche) so it’d be prudent to mention this on the outset if you don’t like the stuff/can’t tolerate dairy.
One of our favourite elements was the waygu beef and rice fresh from the RAW bar, with nori-scented sushi rice, soy ginger beef, enoki & wasabi mayo. All to be washed down with a magnum of Gassier Rosé – it doesn’t get much more rock ‘n’ roll.
A topsy-turvy Hendrick’s gin cucumber and tomato salad brings some summer freshness (we’ll never tire of crunchy green tomatoes) along with creamed spinach (not the most decadent we’ve tried, we didn’t love this) and a mini cauldron of bubbling American corn – intensely filling and completely irresistible, we spooned this over chunks of cornbread, feeling immediately too full but immensely satisfied.
If you’ve room for dessert, they’ve got you – try the Sweet Treat Feast Board, (£28, for 4 diners) loaded with dried fruit meringues, macaroons, mini cakes and tartlets, plus popping candies, crumbles, chocolate-dipped strawberries and cheesecake cones. Phew!
WHERE? Housed within the achingly modern ME hotel and just along from Radio Bar (our dream rooftop date spot) it’s well placed to get to most day festivals and club nights in the capital. Hooray!
BEST DISH: The steak, of course! There’s a reason these restaurants continue to spring up worldwide – the latest opening in San Diego.
GOOD TO KNOW: If you start off with drinks in the bar you can easily transfer your bill to your table using the digital card system. All FEASTival-goers (see what we did there?) receive a STK snapback cap and body glitter pot each, adding a final dash of glitz to a sparkling day out – what you do with the rest of the day is up to you, but leaving on such an epic high, who knows where you could end up…
DETAILS: Togrp.com / ME London Hotel, 336-337 The Strand, London, WC2R 1HA / 02073953450