I was recently invited along with a couple of other food bloggers to sample The Feast menu at Silk & Grain by the lovely Nicola of East London Girl.
To give you a bit of background, this is a steak restaurant which is owned by the Salussolia family and has been in operation since 1972. In fact, it couldn’t be a more family run affair as the entire family is literally involved in the running of the restaurant – Peter (owner), Tina (his wife who is also the secretary), Alex (eldest son and MD), Luise and Nick (children and Operations Managers).
The ground floor has the main bar with a few booths and tables, but it is largely standing room only. The main dining room is on the first floor, where Silk & Grain had organised a large communal table for us. They even printed out the menu and the names of all the bloggers on the specials board and on little individual A5 cards. Already, I was very impressed by their attention to detail.
The Feast Menu has been specially curated for group gatherings – it could be for a family get together, a celebratory occasion or a corporate event. But most importantly, this menu is for steak lovers – those who love their meat and care about where it is sourced from. In the case of Silk & Grain, it is lovingly sourced from St. Boswell’s Livestock market in the Scottish borders, which is then selected by their butcher John Gilmour.
Once seated, we were given a short introduction by the team, which was swiftly followed by the arrival of our starters – a trio of Glazed Pork Belly, Crab on Toast and Butter Poached Cauliflower Florets. For me, the Pork Belly stood out most as I am a fan and this was a fine version. To be honest, I thought the portions were on the small side. But as I found out later, that was probably a good thing as we hadn’t quite envisaged how generous the mains were.
The main event was sharing portions of premium, sumptuous cuts of Scottish dry-aged steak that included Porterhouse, Bone-in Rib Eye and Rump. They arrived in cast iron skillets and looked absolutely resplendent. The Porterhouse was definitely my favourite. I really wish I didn’t have to share it with my fellow foodies.
Abundant support also came from a selection of sides, including a well-cooked Tenderstem Broccoli and a very satisfying Mac & Cheese.
No good feast is complete without desserts, and in this case we were treated to not one but three decadent puds – Trifle, Chocolate Baked Alaska and Sticky Toffee Pudding. I would say all of them were highly inhalable but the Sticky Toffee Pudding was outrageously good. In fact, it was so good that I was too busy devouring it and forgot to take a photo – which, in a way is perhaps the best endorsement!
The staff were all very warm and welcoming. Honestly, Silk & Grain may have a City location but has all the heart and soul of a small family run business. At £40 per person, ‘The Feast’ is a very reasonably priced crowd-pleaser of a set menu and perfect for meat lovers.
With the holiday season incoming, I think it’s a fabulous deal for an office Christmas party or celebratory family meal.
We had a fabulous time at Silk & Grain. We had some amazing food in the grand company of some of my favourite food bloggers and foodies of Instagram. It was truly a fun, food-filled evening. It was definitely a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds!
Location : 33 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
Website: Silk & Grain
N.B. I was a guest of Silk & Grain and East London Girl