[FOOD] The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Birmingham

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and GrillA few weeks ago I was invited to visit The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Birmingham for a project with the Millenium Copthorne hotels.

We hadn’t been to the restaurant before, we went for Sunday lunch, for a belated Valentine’s Day celebration.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill offers 360 degree views over Birmingham from the 25th floor of the Cube. Described as “affordable luxury” by Marco, the restaurant is all about the experience: the views, the atmosphere and the food. For the summer, there’s a glass fronted balcony for alfresco dinning.

A lift whizzes you from the reception, up the 25 floors of the Cube where you walk out into a lobby-style lounge area, complete with large images of the chef himself. You’ll also find the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Lounge, which makes an ideal start to any evening out at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Next time, I’m insisting we get our glad rags on and go there first!

The menu is pretty extensive, offering a range of fish, meat, pasta, salad and vegetarian options but, of course, it’s the steak menu that is the main attraction here. Prices start at less than £15 on the a la carte menu. If you’re looking for a bit of a bargain, the lunchtime set menu, at £20 for two courses and £25 for three, is very good value. Alternatively, the steak burger – grilled with well-aged meat, a fresh, crusty roll and caramelised onions, served with chips and all the right condiments – is just £12.95 on weekdays.

To start, I chose the beetroot and goat’s cheese salad which was lovely and light with the delicious earthy flavour of the beetroot (top left). My fiancé chose the squid rings which came with an aioli accompaniment (top right).

For main, we were not adventurous and both chose the 10oz sirloin steak (bottom pic). The steak comes with grilled tomato, onion rings and chips. I chose medium rare and my fiancé, rare. Both were beautifully cooked to our choice. Mine was so tender; it took no effort at all to cut. The onion rings got a thumbs up from me – it’s a nice addition which many steak (and burger) restaurants leave out.

The food arrived quickly from the kitchen. We were so happily full after the lunch that we forewent dessert – unheard of for me!

The staff were attentive from the minute we arrived, ensuring the food and wine were kept flowing throughout our meal.

A visit to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill definitely feels like a special occasion. If you’re in Birmingham for a celebration, this is the place to celebrate: the buzz, the atmosphere, enjoying the company of friends and family in a gorgeous setting and with stunning views of the city.

Where do you go when you’re celebrating?

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