When you think steakhouse, you think grotty, dark, dated pseudo yank style eateries in Leicester Square right? Well think again. In fear of sounding like a M&S ad parody, Miller & Carter are not just any old Steakhouse, but a gourmet steakhouse.
I’m so happy we were asked to review the Leeds branch on Bank holiday Monday and as a double whammy it was my husband’s 33rd birthday! Good times!
So, lets start with the aesthetics, super stylish yet not pretentious, with dark wood and signature red throughout, crimson red lights hang low from the ceiling, catching the light and my toddler’s attention at every twinkle and cool Brit chic paintings, prints and sculptures of bulls adorn the walls.
Tunes of laid back Sunday morning riffs with a bit of Bouble for good measure gently fill the rooms and I felt weirdly from the minute I arrived, at home. (I’m so investing in bull inspired art for the house and pronto.)
So we’ve set the scene, now for the food.
Firstly I love how considered the menu is. Options for non meat eaters as well as steak lovers are truly covered with seabass, fish and chips, pasta and risotto on offer along with vegetarian starters with everything else you’d hope for from a steakhouse.
Miller & Carter even offer lettuce wedges drizzled in dressings of your choice as palette cleansers between courses.
Starters opted for included a king prawn cocktail, beautifully presented in a fan of prawns with buttered brown bread, perfectly cooked and seasoned -if I shut my eyes I was eating in an LA restaurant in West Hollywood.
The husband chose Nachos, lightly grilled with cheese, guacamole, sour cream and jalapeños (tested by the toddler who delightfully offered me his chicken wings as they he said there was too much sauce-they were perfectly saucy, real finger licking wonders).
These were followed by a honey and bacon drizzled lettuce wedge for me, a garlic and chive mayonnaise with parmesan for the birthday boy. All, mouth wateringly delicious, the portions just right, not too large or heavy leaving room for my fillet steak and Peter’s seabass.
They kindly obliged to bring Oliver’s chips out quickly at our request immediately after the starters so he wasn’t waiting for the mains and his grilled chicken in a white dusty bap and homemade coleslaw was so delicious Oliver inquired why I don’t make this for him at home. I will do now!
The pièce de résistance was of course my fillet 8oz steak which was quite frankly one of the best steaks of my life.
Arriving with a buttery roasted jacket potato with side of sour cream, chopped sweet fried onions and side salad along with my choice of Bernaise sauce (there are many on offer from blue cheese to peppercorn) , I could have eaten it forever.
I annoyingly couldn’t quite finish it but believe me, it blew my mind, bite for bite.
Peter’s seabass was equally tasty, served with crushed baby potatoes, bright green beans and a tangy red pepper and watercress sauce. The baby even sampled the fare, enjoying some ‘crushed fish’ and Mummy’s creamy jacket potato.
Manager Sean and the waitress on hand offered us superb service, nothing was too much trouble and families greatly welcome. We were offered a huge booth which accomodated the whole family and a pram, with room to manoeuvre and the toilets have baby changing facilities along with funny Bull prints that will make you chuckle.
I’d strongly recommend a meal out there and I’m salivating at the thought of our return, already.
The Miller & Carter Restaurant we visited was at 56 – 58 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL.
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Disclaimer: We were offered a meal courtesy of Miller & Carter in return for this honest review.