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SteakStones

Last Tuesday SteakVine was invited to check out what can only be described as an ‘eating experience’ with SteakStones.

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SteakStones

SteakStones are the masters behind the lava hot stone cooking slab. Cooking your steak on the stone offers a unique experience. Not only can you cook your steak exactly how you like it, it provides an almost theatrical element to your fine dinning experience.

After work I jumped on a train to Reigate to find out more. Over an hour later, I found myself walking down a deserted high street in the middle of Surrey. I had no idea what to expect – was I going to a shop showroom where I would be standing around whilst someone demonstrates how to cook steak? Far from it… I was welcomed into the Steak Stones warehouse with a glass of champagne from the charming Jacqueline. She runs her own Cordon Bleu catering company as well as covering the marketing and sales for SteakStones.

Nick and Jacqueline

Nick and Jacqueline

Nick, the owner, took one look at me and said, “you don’t look like you eat a lot of steak.” Ha, I’m not quite sure what he was expecting!

The evening was utterly delightful. I’m glad I had no expectations because it was lovely to be surprised at every opportunity.

Amongst the other diners were food bloggers and stylists, caterers and top chefs. Nick has a dream to provide steaks sizzling on the stone for hundreds of guests at weddings. Where were you when I was planning my wedding Nick? He currently sells the stones through his site directly to people like you and me, to restaurants and to catering companies.

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Our party for the evening

To whet our appetites, we had a selection of Italian meets. Yum

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Italian Meat Board

Then we were invited to move next door where we admired the dinning room.

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The Dinning Room

Jacqueline brought the steaks down one by one, is there really anything more tantalising than the sound of a juicy piece of meat sizzling on a stone?

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Bagsey that one please!

It was amazing! The way it works is that your steak comes raw and it cooks in front of you, whilst you talk, drink and of course, eat it. You can cook it to your perfection – rare, medium rare, well done, or a bit of all… The lava stone means that even after 25 minutes, it’s still a tender medium rare. Nick thinks fillet works best so that was our treat for the evening.

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May the dinning begin

For sides we had chips, asparagus, cherry tomatoes and 3 sauces to play with. Of course, if you buy one of these slabs you can have whatever you like. You can even cook lamb, venison, swordfish or tuna on them. The world is your oyster…

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Thoroughly enjoying myself

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Delicious fillet

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Cooking it to perfection

Conversation revolved around all things steak, of course. It was great to meet such wonderful people all passionate about food in their own areas of expertise.

There was more! Jacqueline had prepared a delicious chocolate and ginger torte, it was divine.

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Desert

More wine and conversations flowed…

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Having fun decanting the wine

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Love wine

Eventually I had to say my goodbyes and head back to London. It was a school night after all.

Thank you Steak Stones, I had a wonderful, delicious and entertaining evening.

If you want to try it for yourself, check out their products – would make a fantastic Christmas present.

http://www.steakstones.com/

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Cast Iron Kitchen

When Morven Mulgrew invited us to come down and try out Cast Iron Kitchen’s steak sandwiches at London Fields Market in East London, we couldn’t resist the temptation. It’s tradition for me to start my Saturday with a swim in the wonderful Lido, after which I’ve worked up quite an appetite! The motivation of steak sarnies post swim was enough to make me bust out a few extra lengths in the pool.

Nestled just inside the entrance to London Fields Market we found Morven’s gorgeous cab – kitted out inside with red tartan blankets, we couldn’t believe she could fit the entire stall set up into the back. Maybe she’ll give us a ride in it one day, looked so fun to cruise around London in, albeit at a max speed of 20mph!

Morven Mulgrew welcomes you to Cast Iron Kitchen

Morven Mulgrew welcomes you to Cast Iron Kitchen

Cast Iron Kitchen

Cast Iron Kitchen

Cast Iron Kitchen

Steak or black pudding

After a lovely chat about starting businesses and our shared passion of steak, it was time to get down to business.

Morven whacked two juicy steaks on the grill for us and we watched as the meat from Scotland sizzled away getting our taste buds going. They were prepared in ciabatta rolls with homemade mayonnaise, a delicious fragrant brown sauce, sesame seeds and a light salad.

Sizzling away!

Sizzling away!

The combination worked an absolute treat.

The steak was cooked perfectly – medium rare – the sauce and crunchiness from the salad created a winning combination for just £6.50

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Winning combination

@SteakVine are happy now

@SteakVine are happy now

Delicious

Delicious

Morven’s hospitality and passion left as great a taste in our mouths as the steak did.

She also serves black pudding from Stornoway with apple sauce.

The atmosphere in the market is great fun – there’s a VW Campervan serving milkshakes and beer with picnic benches for you to eat and drink on.

London Fields Market, Saturday

London Fields Market, Saturday

London Fields Market is only open on Saturday but check out http://www.castironkitchen.co.uk/ to find her other locations.

We love to support local, young businesses. Thank you Cast Iron.

Lovely to dine with you

Lovely to dine with you Cast Iron Kitchen

Need an excuse for steak?

Welcome to our first blog post from The SteakVine.

Let’s start with making sure we’re all on the same page:

  1. We love steak
  2. London’s steak industry is booming
  3. A good steak restaurant is expensive but worth it

Does anyone else head to their favourite restaurant when they want to celebrate? We certainly do! We won’t disclose just yet which restaurant that is because we wouldn’t want to show any favouritism 🙂

When we have something to celebrate we love to get our friends and family together and celebrate over a few glasses of wine and delicious food.

Great friends, great food

Great friends, great food

There’s no denying that steak is not easy on the wallet, yet we love it and pay for it. Why? Do we fork out the extra cash purely because of the taste and eating experience? Is it because the restaurants make us feel great? Is it because we know we can rely on the quality of the food and have it cooked to perfection in line with our tastes? We will be exploring all of this on SteakVine!

Today we wanted to share with you our favourite excuses to wine and dine on Cow in the Capital:

1. Anniversary/Birthday

There’s nothing better than sharing your favourite restaurant with the people you love the most. Passion for these restaurants is passed from one person to the next, it’s amazing how it works that way. Word spreads and before you know it, people have had enough of hearing you talk about this wonderful place, take the plunge and never look back. When the right occasion – an anniversary or birthday – pops up, they go for their first experience of fine dinning at one of London’s top steak restaurants. Life is never the same again!

Love a bit of bubbly

Love a bit of bubbly

 

2. New Job

New jobs are life changing decisions that will shape your future. These deserve to be celebrated. Will you have ribeye, sirloin, champagne or cocktails? The choice is yours… We’ve even seen companies give Hawksmoor vouchers as leaving gifts or bonuses for staff. A life changing decision deserves to be honoured with a memorable meal, over which you can raise a glass, toast to your future and tuck in. The delightful waiters might even convince you to have  a dessert… Ooh go on then, when in Rome and all that

Delicious desserts

Delicious desserts

 

3. Exploring New Lands

The first thing we like to do when we go to a new country is find the best steak in town. We’ve found cosy backstreet restaurants in Budapest serving it up with blue cheese sauce and baked potatoes. Mountain restaurants in the Basque Country in Spain, serving the biggest, juciest and most reasonably priced steak we’ve ever had. Pinxtos bars on cobblestone streets in San Sebastian, Spain that serve delicious 2-bite servings of steak on fresh bread straight from the grill – a perfect bar snack. Paris offers a huge array of choice with Steak Frites being one of the nation’s favourite meals.  We cannot wait to go to Argentina we’ve heard amazing things – so much choice, aren’t we a lucky bunch?

Steak Pinxtos in San Sebastian

Steak Pinxtos in San Sebastian

What a bar snack

What a bar snack

Queuing at Le Relais De Venise in Paris

Queuing at Le Relais De Venise in Paris

 

4. Restaurant Opening

One of the crucial ingredients for a successful steak restaurant is the quality of staff and service provided. For this reason, many steak places give free places at opening nights so they can receive your valuable feedback in exchange for a good old feeding and watering. You have to be signed up to their mailing lists and have your hand hot on the buzzer to grab these highly desirable places. Best of luck, I hear there’s a new Hawksmoor opening up shortly..

Opening at Hawksmoor Air Street

Opening at Hawksmoor Air Street

 

5. Treating Yourself

Sometimes we just want to treat ourselves. Perhaps you’ve had a tough week, hit a milestone on your diet, had a big workout in the gym, or just really fancy a steak. Either way, it’s treating ourselves to life’s luxuries that makes the world a better place, puts a smile on our faces and makes us feel good.

You ARE Worth It

You ARE Worth It

Go on, you are worth it

We would love to know your views on the poll – what’s your most common reason for heading a steak treat?