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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

Marco Pierre White Milton KeynesSo when a new restaurant opens up in your city and it has a well-known chef’s name attached to it, you can’t help but be a just a bit curious. You know full well that the well-known chef won’t be there every night, standing at the pass, making sure everything is cooked to perfection just for you, but you still want to know what it’s like, right?

The chef in question is the bad boy of cooking, Marco Pierre White, and the restaurant in question is the ‘Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill’ (imaginatively named) which has just opened at Stadium MK, accessible via the east stand of the stadium, or by walking through DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes.

When we went to do the review, it was a Wednesday night, and to be honest we weren’t expecting it to be that busy. As we arrived at the separate entrance (on the other side of the stadium to the main hotel entrance) you definitely cannot miss that Mr Pierre White is involved. There are images of him everywhere, literally, everywhere. Most images are from a good a few years back and he’s rocking the long hair and chef’s whites, but there are a few magazine covers that are more up to date, and show him looking more rugged and aged.

The restaurant is on the 1st Floor, you can walk up the stairs or take the elevator, and you arrive into the foyer area where you can see the kitchen and the pass with chefs  busily creating their magic. We were seated and noticed that it was actually quite busy, the restaurant is bigger than we expected but is laid out well, so you don’t feel on top of the other diners. There are quite a few private booths available as well.

There is no doubt it has a very sophisticated look, using black and white with dark tables and chairs, more photos of the man himself line the walls but also some fantastic old, retro images of Milton Keynes when it was being built and across the years, a nice nod to the restaurant’s location.

On to the menu, you see the name ‘Steakhouse’ and you automatically think the menu is going to be loaded with steaks and meat, and to hell with anything else. But…we were pleasantly surprised by the dishes on offer. Seafood, sausages, soup, baked cheese, fish of the day…the choices just went on plus there’s a vegetarian specials menu which changes daily. We went for the Prawn Cocktail and the Severn & Wye Smoked Salmon to start us off, deliberately avoiding the meat as we knew what we wanted to try for main. The starters were very good, the salmon in particular was presented really smartly and tasted even better.

On to the mains, and ‘when in Rome…’ we just had to try the steaks out. We went for the 10oz Ribeye and the 10oz Sirloin. The blurb on the menu states that all steaks come from a royal warrant butcher (not really sure what that means but sounds good) and all are aged for 35 days and come from British cattle.  Well, we reckon 35 days is about perfect as the steaks were amazing (our photo below really doesn't do it justice), they each came with a choice of sauce, and with either triple cooked chips, pomme frites or a green salad. You honestly couldn’t fault them, these chefs know how to cook a great steak.

Did we have room for dessert? Did Marco swear on television? Of course we did…a good choice, which frankly we could have chosen any one of the eight…and they do offer a Trio of Desserts letting you try three at once (meant to share, but you don’t have to). We went for the Banana & Caramel Mess and the New York Baked Cheesecake. The twist on the traditional Eton Mess was a definite hit, the only fault with the cheesecake was that the bottom was a bit soggy (Mary Berry would not have approved).

We also had a quick look at their other menu offerings; a very nice Sunday Lunch menu, plus early dinner and lunch set menus. All very reasonably priced. Was also surprised to see a ‘Little Moos’ menu for kids, not the cheapest around but still a good choice of dishes.

Overall, we were very impressed. This restaurant gives Milton Keynes another option for that special night out. You don’t have to eat steak (although they are very good) as the menu has loads of other choices.

The surroundings are classy without making you feel uncomfortable and the staff were top notch. We’ll definitely be back, we can feel Sunday Lunch calling us!

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