Tuesday, 21 February 2012
34 - Grovesnor Square, W1
I could make reference to the charming relaxed service but it doesn’t matter; I could make reference to the stylish décor but I don’t really care about that kind of thing. When you have meat this well cooked they both kind of slip into obscurity!
Don’t judge me but I went for the 320g USDA Black Angus rib eye from Creekstone farms. I know sustainability this, local produce that but fuck it; when Americans do beef properly it can be exceptionally good!
Thankfully I was well rewarded for my sins. The rich deeply flavoured beef and smoky yet creamy fat went perfectly with the excellent house made barbecue sauce and easily places this as one of the best steaks I’ve had in London.
Other than the exceptional steak my starter of pan fried veal sweet breads with wild mushrooms and poached egg was well put together if a little average. The baked rice pudding with Yorkshire rhubarb was every bit as homely and delicious as it should have been though.
We drank a delicious little 2009 Primitivo from Puglia alongside the steak and started with a couple of glasses of the Louis Roederer Brut Premier as well as we were celebrating our birthdays. Start to finish, despite the average sweet breads, 34 delivered an exceptional meal with brilliant service and well worth every penny.