Mum of two Katie, who writes about her passions, adventures, travel, photography, interiors and day to day life at Mummy Daddy Me, went to review the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Cambridge for us.
Over to Katie…
In a beautiful quiet area in the middle of the city of Cambridge sits the Doubletree by Hilton hotel. The sophisticated hotel overlooks the River Cam and really is in one of the most beautiful locations in the historic city centre. The hotel is a popular choice for both business and leisure travellers alike and if you head inside you will find the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, the latest dining revolution from the 3 Michelin starred chef.
I must admit that having lived twenty minutes away from Cambridge for most of my life, I didn’t actually know much about the MPW restaurant at all. I knew about the Hilton itself, but the restaurant was relatively unknown to me. So when I was asked to go along and review it on behalf of Foodies100 I was really looking forward to trying a new place in my home city.
We were booked in at half past seven on a Friday evening and our first thought when we arrived was that the restaurant seemed quiet. When we were first seated there was only another table of two there, and while we were dining only another couple of parties arrived. I think often there is a preconception with hotel dining that you have to be a guest in order to visit, especially if the restaurant doesn’t have it’s own entrance, which is a shame as potentially you could be missing out on some real culinary delights.
Once we were seated, we took a few moments to fully appreciate our surroundings. The restaurant has been recently opened, so as such the interior looks brand new and is spotless. The interior is a plush purple and yellow, with comfy chairs and leather touches on the wall. It was dark when we arrived but we were seated by the window overlooking the river, I can imagine in the summer or during the day it would be absolutely lovely to have a glass of wine overlooking such a picturesque scene. While we were there, there was a fireworks display going off, which made it a really romantic moment, as we watched the colourful display while chatting and relaxing.
My husband had a glass of red wine to begin with, the Zinfandel Old Vine Ravenswood, which he said was absolutely delicious and immediately took a photo on his phone of the menu so he could remember it to look up to purchase at a later date. Myself, being pregnant, only had a soft drink, so nothing particularly exciting to report back about here!
Our starters arrived, I had the rillettes of duck with prunes d’Agen,while my husband had the warm baked Camembert with sough dough toast and vine tomatoes. I looked on at his enviously as Camembert is my favourite, but of course you aren’t allowed it when you are pregnant. He reported back that it was really tasty, although he would have liked a little bit more bread to dip into it. My duck rillettes consisted of shredded duck meat cooked with herbs and spices and duck fat, complimented by sour dough toast. It was nice but a little fatty for me, and I would have much preferred my husband’s dish!
It was then on to the main course, where being a steak restaurant, we both of course had to opt for steak. I had the 8oz fillet on recommendation from the waitress, served with triple cooked chips, onion rings and a grilled tomato. My husband had the 10oz sirloin, washed down with another glass of the Zinfandel, which he said complimented the steak to perfection. Our steaks were perfectly cooked, well presented and tasted absolutely delicious. Both of us said it was the best steak we had eaten in ages and both gave it top marks. It really was incredibly tasty.
Finally after a little break it was on to the desserts. My husband opted for the vanilla cheesecake with passion fruit, while I had the box tree Eton Mess. Of course we shared though, the Eton Mess was creamy and crammed with fresh fruit, while the cheesecake was delicious and practically melted in your mouth. Again top marks from us for our desserts.
After saying our goodbyes to our incredibly efficient waitress, we headed into the adjacent bar for a nightcap, which again was really quiet considering it was now about half past nine on a Friday evening. However the quietness didn’t affect the atmosphere, it was still really relaxed and enjoyable.
Overall we really enjoyed our meal at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Cambridge. The food was great, although the starters ever so slightly let it down, however we couldn’t fault the delicious steak, which at the end of the day is the most important part of the meal. The desserts were also great too. It was a shame to see the restaurant quiet, however whether it is just one of those cases where people don’t know about it yet. The food isn’t cheap, with starters averaging around £8.00 and a steak averaging around £30.00, but for a special treat in a romantic setting overlooking the river, you really can’t go wrong. We will definitely be visiting again during the day when you can really appreciate the stunning location.