Medium-Rare Ribeye

SteakVine On Tour

Do you make it a tradition to eat steak when you visit new countries?

Some of our favourite steak experiences have been whilst travelling abroad in places like Paris, Budapest and San Sebastian. This week we were in Dublin for The Web Summit, now we all know how tired and ravenous conferences can make you feel. Two days of pitching to people, networking, listening and learning is all work that uses a huge amount of energy. In addition we had not had a real meal since Tuesday lunch. We had planned to go for dinner but the daily Night Summit parties distracted us. This meant that when the show closed on Thursday evening there was only one thing on our minds.

What’s the best steak place in Dublin?

F.X Buckley Dublin

F.X Buckley Dublin

A quick hunt on Google led us to believe that F.X Buckley was a clear winner, we harnessed the crew and headed over there for dinner at 8:30pm to see for ourselves.

From the moment we walked through the door we were enveloped in a feeling of comfort that these guys took their steak seriously. There were huge hunks of meat hanging in the glass cabinet by the window, on display to all who were brave enough to walk past and turn down the offer of steak.

F.X Buckley

Displaying their steaks in the window

Meat par excellence

Setting high standards

With a company slogan of ‘Steak and drinks par excellence’ we were excited to experience the delights that lay in store.

It took forever for us to decide what to eat, with 10oz, 14oz, 16oz and 22oz options, on and off the bone it’s not a surprise! “It’s got to be the Ribeye…what size you going for?” and then the sides….  there were crispy cajun onions, chunky fries, buttered greens, prawns. I want to go back and choose all over again!

Helping you choose

Love the signs helping you choose

Explaining where the cuts are from in the menu

Explaining where the cuts are from

Finally, we had decided. As the only girl on the table I was first to order. “Ladies first” Charley said, how chivalrous.

“Could I please have…” our patient waiter started scribbling away on his pad… “T-Bone on the bone, chunky fries, Bearnaise sauce and steamed greens”.

“Is that all?” Chirped in Charley. I did say the conference was ravenous work!

The food was divine! I normally go for ribeye but decided to walk on the wild side this time and chose the T-Bone.

The moment of enjoyment has arrived

The moment of enjoyment has arrived

T-Bone with crispy cajun onions

T-Bone with crispy cajun onions

Whilst I enjoyed my meal no end and couldn’t fault it, after I tried some of Charley’s ribeye, I did have a pang of regret. His ribeye was cooked to perfection and just tasted better. It’s the meaty, juicy, full of flavour taste that I feel you can only get from ribeye. The colour of his steak was unbelievable, the cut and size of it both exquisitely perfect.

Just a little excited about his ribeye

Just a little excited about his ribeye

Ribeye at F.X Buckley

Ribeye at F.X Buckley

Medium-Rare Ribeye

Medium-Rare Ribeye

Savouring every mouthful

Savouring every mouthful

Alex had a sirloin blue – that was also really, really good.

We opted for house red and white wines, both delightful.

The service was fantastic.

Really couldn’t fault it.

Our crew

Our crew

We talked about our steaks a fair bit, comparing and sharing (just a little).  Out of our party of seven, four of us work together and the others we had met on the first night of the conference. This was our third and final night by which point we had all become good friends, I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate and spend the evening.

Thank you F.X Buckley, our experience was wonderful and we will be sure to recommend to anyone in Dublin with a passion for the finest steak in town.

http://www.fxbuckley.ie/

MeaMeat cleavers for door handles!

Meat cleavers for door handles!

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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

Cast Iron Kitchen

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?