Travel & Life Digest

STK, London

Last Friday evening, my girlfriends and I, managed to get a table at STK. It's the latest addition to a chain of other US-based, "chic stake houses", as they like to call themselves! We had to book two weeks in advance, but I hear this is not bad for waiting time? 
Hmm... let me be honest, I'm not keen on uber-fancy restaurants, hence I always take these dinners with a pinch of salt and wait to see what happens!

Walking down the Strand, I soon realised how busy STK's sister rooftop bar "Radio" gets; around 7:30 there was already a long queue out in the street and when we asked if we get to skip it because we were having dinner at STK we got a flat out "no". To be fair the security staff were very polite but house rules sound too cool for school...

Architecturally, the design is brilliant. The hotel lobby is quite unusual. Iron bars piled next to each other in all angles, divide up the space and give it a shimmery glow;
low floor lights create corridors-turned catwalks-turned aeroplane isles; and there is even an open fireplace in the middle of the room surrounded by soft carpet that took me to a high-end, après-ski lounge setting.
It's a nice place for a drink, if you don't fancy too much noise and commotion.

The actual restaurant is very lively and flows around the impressive bar with a floor-to-ceiling sculpture. One side is a conventional dining space and the other is all divided up by circular cream booths. There were a lot of couples, seemingly on first dates and quite a few groups of girlfriends.  The booth side faces the DJ and that's where you want to be when the party kicks off!
Unfortunately not much happened the evening we were there, although the music was quite fun and I did catch myself swaying on my chair with my feet tapping on the floor.
On our way out, I caught a glimpse of a few ladies standing on the lovely cream sofas in an attempt to get the party going...


The menu is quite exciting! It is a major steakhouse off course, but there are quite a few choices for the non-beef eaters too. The Raw Bar, for example, was brilliant! 
As soon as I set everyone up for Oyster Shooters, the waiter said they run out! 
What a pity, that would have been fun to try: Bloody Mary, Tequila & Melon, Sake & Lime! If that doesn't get you started for the weekend, what will?

Top marks for presentation throughout!
I had the lamb loin with cottage pie that came in the cutest copper pot and summer peas, complete with a sprinkling of edible flowers! My plate honestly looked like a little painting. The colours and the textures all combined wonderfully.
I asked for my lamb medium-raw (erm...I mean rare) hence, I didn't complaint when I thought it was not so hot; but my friends, who ordered the fish, also said that their dishes were lukewarm. Maybe the kitchen is too far away from the restaurant floor? 
Best bit were my favourite truffle fries with parmeggiano!  So simple, yet such a treat! 

As I said the menu was quite interesting throughout, hence you won't be surprised if I tell you that we had candy floss and marshmallows for dessert, will you? x 

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