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.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. 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. 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!
These are Charbonnel et Walker Sea Salt Banana Caramel Truffles. They are, if I do say so myself, absolutely moorish, but they have divided opinions amongst my friends. Unfortunately the banana flavour is the artificial kind, so this put them off, but at £12.95 for 10 truffles, I am not too annoyed that I am unable to share them! I do not mind the ‘fake’ banana flavour, and teamed with the sea salt and the sweetness of the caramel, each truffle makes a mouthwatering good couple of bites. Whilst I bought them from their Leeds store (located in the Victoria Quarter), they are also available to buy online.
Spaghetti and meatballs from The Meatball Shop (1462 2nd Ave, NY)
“Dry” curry – ground beef with chopped onions, carrots, celery and raisins served with steamed rice – from Curry-Ya
“Shiromaru Hakata Classic” – ‘Tonkotsu’ (pork) soup noodles, topped with pork loin chashu, sesame kikurage mushrooms, menma, red pickled ginger and scallions with ‘Kakuni’ (braised pork belly) from Ippudo.
Chicken hirata buns from Ippudo