London Steak Boyz Volume 5 took place in December just before the holiday break. STK London was selected by the host for its convenient location in the basement of the ME London Hotel on the Strand in the heart of the West End. In addition, Radio Bar, with an exceptional rooftop bar overlooking St Pauls, South Bank and the River Thames was conveniently located above.
It is quite possible that we could not have picked a trendier steak spot in London with its Low-lit lounge, white leather booths and a DJ spinning vinyl (Aka MP3s). This decor and ambience brashly mixed with prime cuts of beef, seafood, burgers and exotic cocktails.
The Boyz arrived at the Radio Rooftop for some pre-drinks activities at 7pm. The bouncer escorted the boyz to a lift up to the rooftop where the doors opened to an expansive setting overlooking London. After several rounds and long overdue catch-ups, the Boyz headed back down to the Basement of the hotel where STK was located.
Our hostess welcomed us to the venue and took us passed the bar and to our White leather booth in the centre of the restaurant area. A table of 6. A further round of drinks was taken immediately and we were well on our way.
The menu was first and foremost a Steak restaurant with a decent selection of primarily USDA cuts including Sirloin, Rib-eye, Fillet and T-Bone as well as Prime and whole cuts, including Wagyu, Tomahawk and Chateaubriand.
Starters for the table were excellent and a must with some boyz considering a repeat as a main. Stand-outs for the table included soft shell crab sliders, Wagyu beef sliders, grilled octopus and 100g Wagyu steak main course cut into bite size slices to tantalise the taste buds before our mains arrived.
The mains were a mix of Rib-eye, Bone-in Rib, Fillet and Chateaubriand. Once again as is customary the temperature was medium rare across the board.
When the steaks arrived there were definitely mixed reviews as two boyz having order Rib-eyes received what looked like fillets, compared to another Rib-eyes at the table, which had an appropriate amount of fat. The sides were tasty sides and included mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, creamed spinach and various sources arriving at the table separately.
Service was surprisingly good and the waiter seems to be on point at every turn, especially when it came to drinks orders. This may have to do with the desire to turn the table over quickly, we can’t really tell, but that may simply be an unwarranted pre-conception.
If you looking for a vibey spot, club music, scantily clad girls and a decent steak, then there is no question that STK is in your sweat spot.
ME London Hotel
336-337 The Strand
London, WC2R 1HA