I seriously suffer from food envy. Now annoyingly this is not yet a recognised medical condition, if it was I’m sure there would be some sort of ‘bring me two meals’ law in place to alleviate the symptoms. I don’t even know how it happens, I spend ages perusing the menu, only to like the dish that my dining companion got; one that didn’t appeal until it was too late. Well, thankfully I have discovered* the restaurant to solve everything.
L’Entrecote in Canary Wharf does one thing, and does it well. It uses the same recipes, style and dining order that it has for over 50 years. Starting in Paris this chain has now got two offshoots in London, and one in New York – the world loves a classic. You don’t have many decisions to make when you sit down, it’s how would you like your streak (still mooing thanks) and if your poison is red or white wine.
Are you getting the picture? No chance of food envy because the menu is the same for everyone. Starter is a lettuce walnut and mustard salad and the main is thinly sliced steak with chips and the secret sauce. I wasn’t a huge fan of the starter to be honest, mostly because mustard just isn’t my topping of choice (would much prefer a balsamic), but the main was right up my alley.
Chips perfectly fried and steak tender and tasty. The not so hidden secret about L’Entrecote is that they keep a portion of your steak warm and bring it out when you have finished the first half, such a nice idea and saves you munching on cold steak towards the end of your meal.
I’m not too sure how many people I could bring to L’Entrecote, I know an alarming amount of vegetarians, vegans or people with food allergies (I love you kids really, more tasty meat for me), which means a one size fits all menu isn’t ideal. But for the days when I just want a damn good steak and chips? L’Entrecote is for me.
*by discovered I of course mean I was invited to try it by a PR company, all views are my own.