Miller & Carter, A Steakhouse Delight

On Monday I went for a late lunch at my local Miller & Carter steakhouse. I have never had a bad experience there, and this lunch was no exception. The starter of Bourbon glazed pork belly bites were succulent, although perhaps a minuscule overdone, with just the right amount of slaw and sauce on the plate that complimented the pork really well. It was neither too sweet nor too sour, and the texture of the slaw magnified the soft texture of the pork belly, making every mouthful fantastic.

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Bourbon glazed pork belly bites served with lightly dressed slaw

Naturally, at a steakhouse, the obvious choice for a main course is to do it simple and go for steak. I decided to go for the rump, and followed the advice of the menu and got my steak cooked medium. It was cooked to perfection, which can be so hard to do, but ever so important when it is your primary food item, what with Miller & Cater being a steakhouse. Served with chips (salt already added), a slice of onion loaf (basically grated and fried onion, mine was a tad overcooked for my liking), a balsamic glazed beef tomato (I like my tomato well-cooked, and as this wasn’t, I chose not to eat it) and a lettuce wedge that came with a choice of dressing – I chose Stilton & blue cheese, and I wasn’t disappointed. Every mouthful was succulent, each item of the main course complementing the others.
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8oz rump steak served with parsley butter, seasoned fries, a slice of onion loaf and balsamic glazed beef tomato, along with a lettuce wedge with Stilton & blue cheese dressing (not pictured) and Béarnaise steak sauce

Despite the previous two courses being filling, the dessert choice was just too tempting, and as a lover of all things involving crumble and custard, I felt the caramel apple crumble tart was the perfect choice for me. I had the choice of having it served with either custard or ice cream, which wasn’t really a choice for me (I love custard). The sweetness of the caramel complemented the tartness of the apples perfectly and the custard was just sweet enough to not make the entire dish sickly, however, the pastry was perhaps the major let down. I felt it tasted like it wasn’t fresh, or wasn’t home-made – I couldn’t quite put my finger on exactly what it was, and whilst it didn’t ruin my meal, or tarnish it to the point I wouldn’t order that dish again, I was extremely disappointed when everything else had been so wonderful.
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Caramel apple crumble tart served with custard

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My friend’s Silverpail ice cream (vanilla bean, double chocolate and strawberry) and home-baked cookie

Overall, I would recommend each of the dishes I had, and I would certainly recommend going if you are near a Miller & Carter in the near future. You will not be disappointed!

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