Last week I was kindly invited up to steak extraordinaire Miller and Carter’s latest opening in Woodford Green. Famous for their hand-cut meats and consistently good flavours, I couldn’t resist booking in a date night for the renowned steak experience.
Since November 2016, Miller and Carter have made its way into the London restaurant scene bringing their flavour comes first attitude with them. Each 30-day aged steak is cut by hand by the restaurant’s butchers who pass on the meat to trained head chefs, graduates of their very own Steak School.
Seasoning, grilling and resting is taken very seriously around here! But don’t expect grand prices to match. Somehow Miller and Carter offer a drool worthy menu without the London prices. A top cut will cost you less than £25 with a generous but not overwhelming wine list to compliment.
Sipping a rich and full-bodied Merlot (apparently the perfect partner for prime beef), we nibbled on a starter of gooey cheesy garlic bread – how every meal should start, right?!
I could have ordered every starter on the menu (how can one resist scallops!) but instead decided to ensure I had room to enjoy my main and perhaps a cheeky dessert.
The 8oz fillet steak was calling my name, an irresistible piece of tender soft meat that like each other cut, came with a slice of onion loaf, parsley butter, seasoned fries and a lettuce wedge. Upgrading to sweet potato fries (because… obviously) I picked a classic béarnaise sauce with a parmesan and garlic dressing for my lettuce.
I was happily surprised by the generous portions including my perfectly pink fillet that cut like silk and was so succulent it quite literally melted in my mouth. Dngjgsdf Sorry just wiping drool off my keyboard.
The onion loaf was like an unspiced onion bhaji; crispy and packed with flavour and completely unexpected. But the definitely highlight was my side of rich truffle and cheddar mushrooms – oh my cheese they were so divine. How can anyone not like mushrooms, like seriously though?
The sweet potato fries were worth a shout out and the iceberg wedge (quite literally a quarter of a lettuce in a bowl) was a surprisingly refresher between the carbs and meat.
Allyn’s steak burger was just as juicy, served again with crispy fries and some fresh slaw.
The restaurant was now at peak capacity, hardly a table unseated. Laughter and chatter filled the large floor; although spacious it still felt cosy, perfect for a romantic meal or catch up with friends over one of their large group tables.
With not a speck of meat left on our plates, we glanced over the dessert menu. Craving a little something sweet without the heavy thud of a rich pudding, I decided on an after dinner cocktail.
The Chocolate Martini was a perfect way to finish my meal… with a sneaky spoon of Allyn’s dessert.
A sugar glazed passion fruit tart was served, sharp with a fruity tang and drizzled in sweet British blackcurrant curd.
Allyn choose a ‘softail’ to accompany his dessert by his espresso – the Elderflower Sherbet, made with apple juice, elderflower cordial, lime and lemonade. My god it was addictive! I will definitely be making these in the summer!
Completely 100% satisfied and expectations exceeded, we left Miller and Carter feeling rather spoilt. As someone who tries to stay away from chain restaurants, I was positively enchanted by the un-manufactured feel and personal touch offered at Miller and Carter. I can only hope they have a Central London location in their future plans.
Thank you to Miller and Carter for our complimentary meal. As you all know, despite limitless juicy cuts of fillet steak and chocolate martinis, all views are my own.