A lot of people moan that Christmas starts too early, but I love Christmas, so when I was invited to a Christmas bloggers event at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse in The Cube, I was looking forward to meeting fellow bloggers and some festive cheer.
I’ve never actually been to MPW, so it was a nice excuse to go. The entrance is via Hotel Indigo’s elevator, which makes it feel all the more swish and you can’t help but be wowed by the view; way up there on level 25 of the Cube, with the pitch black winter sky – who needs festive fairy-lights when the city does it for you? I can certainly see why it was so busy with well-to-do professionals dressed up for the evening sat alongside a couple and their baby (I’m guessing they were staying in the hotel). We were in the seated section which was a little crowded, although I did hear that you can reserve tables and I think this is probably very wise – particularly to make sure you get a good view!
Once we were all assembled we were led into the private dining room, which again had an amazing view overlooking the city. There, John, the new general manager of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, and Simon, the executive head chef, welcomed us to the restaurant and the evening’s festivities.
To start I had the potted duck with piccalilli and sough dough toast. Although not a massive fan of piccalilli this had a nice flavour and Jo, who was sat next to me, said it was excellent. The potted duck itself was nice; with chunks of meat that were flavoursome enough on their own, they sat on the toasted, yet still chewy, sough dough bread well.
For main course I had to go with tradition; Roast turkey with Marco’s homemade stuffing cranberry and port gravy. It was a generous portion of meat and was well cooked, another good example of turkey that had retained its moistness. The gravy had been reduced well and was sweet and rich which was initially very nice but became sickly towards the end.
Sadly I’m not a fan of Christmas pudding so I gave this a miss and the other options were decidedly dairy-filled, so I’d asked for something with little lactose and was presented with a blackcurrant sorbet nestled on berries. I’ve had this a few times as a dairy-free option before and the sorbet has always been a bit too watery, but this was lovely…sweet but not too tart, I’d happy have eaten a couple more scoops like ice cream!
The Christmas Dinner set menu for groups of 10 or more costs £40 per person which is at the higher end of most set menus for Christmas night out. If you were just looking at the food alone then this might feel a bit pricey, but with such a great view it feels like its worth a bit of a Christmas splurge.
Disclosure: I was invited to MPW by Sarah Morris for a blogger’s event. My meal was complimentary in exchange for an honest review, I wasn’t required to write anything positive. Also, does anyone ever actually like Christmas pudding, apart from my uncle Alan?