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A Rib-Eye View Manhattan Grill, West India Quay
September 13, 2018
Steakhouses are often unfairly stereotyped into venues filled with men in grey suits or worse some Texan outpost filled with cowboy hats and impossibly large amounts of overcooked meat. It was extremely pleasing to find none of those stereotypes were true on a recent weekend visit to Manhattan Grill at the Marriott Hotel in West India Quay. The high ceilings, sumptuous cream-coloured chairs and the floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking North Dock added a sense of refinement to the dining experience.
For those who are indecisive, their recently launched premium steak sharing board for four is the ideal tasting menu as you get a variety of starters and desserts to share as well as 5 different types of steaks to savour. It comes with approximately 23oz of top quality steak, which has been lovingly cooked in their authentic Montague Broiler.
The starters included king prawns, pressed beef, scallops, and grilled romaine wedge; none of which appeared overly complex or challenging. They just use high-quality produce with a few ingredients to bring out the flavours such as a hint of chilli and garlic for the prawns and caramelised onions to accompany the scallops.
Next came the feast of steaks and this was well worth the wait as we were presented with USDA beef fillet, Scottish beef fillet, USDA New York strip, Scottish ribeye, and steak of the month, which was a Scottish Bavette. It’s an interesting concept when you are presented with 5 different types of steaks to sample because individually you would probably award high marks for all the steaks but when presented alongside each other, it does encourage comparison and more critical analysis.
The restaurant rates highly the New York Strip; however for me the Scottish steaks were more impressive in particular the Scottish beef fillet, which was more tender, succulent and flavoursome. It might be my patriotism taking over and if you went with an American guest, they might give their vote to the USDA steaks; however what we can agree on, is this sharing board concept is fun, enjoyable and will most definitely spark conversation. The steaks also come with 2 side dishes which you can choose from the a la carte menu and they’ve designed matching wines for each of the steaks and whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, it will generate just as much controversy as trying out the steaks.
The dessert course was very much in line with the rest of the menu, it was all their greatest hits including double chocolate cake, Manhattan cheesecake, and quay lime pie. Thankfully, they were all in bite-size portions so that you can try plenty of flavours without getting too uncomfortable. If you do end up needing a siesta post-dinner, they do have some wonderful rooms in the hotel or you could just head to their G&Tea lounge, which stock over 150 gins.
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