It was a beautiful September evening with a lovely sunset as I walked from work towards Bank to visit Silk and Grain restaurant. I had been invited to a blogger event hosted by East London Food Girl and eagerly anticipated meeting fellow food bloggers as well as sampling Silk and Grain’s sharing Feast Menu.
As I entered I was pleasantly surprised by the venue’s high end décor and carefully chosen artwork adorning the walls. The art work instantly added character and style. We had some wine and cocktails in a reserved area where we could sit and meet each other before heading upstairs to a mezzanine level where a beautiful long table had been reserved and decorated for us. It felt as though we were in our own private part of the restaurant which felt exclusive but being on a mezzanine meant we still absorbed the bustling atmosphere from downstairs.
As we sat down we were welcomed to the restaurant by the enthusiastic team and the Head Chef Adrian Zelazny who spoke with pride about the great quality of ingredients he used and how the meat supply was 35 day aged Scottish steak supplied by East Lothian independent family run business, J. Gilmour & Co Ltd.
The beauty of a Feast Menu is that you get an excellent array of dishes to try giving you access to a cross section of the menu. Our starter alone was a brilliant showcase as we each received individual portions of the Glazed Pork Belly, Crab on Toast and the Butter Poached Cauliflower Florets. All were very well presented and tasty but my favourite was the Crab on Toast which was so flavoursome and left you wanting more.
For the main event we were given different cuts of beef including the Porterhouse, Bone-in Ribeye and Rump Steak. These were all perfectly cooked medium rare, seasoned to perfection and tasted just how high quality meat should. We had a Chilean Merlot, Ochagavia Silvestre, 2017 to accompany our steak which was smooth with ripe plummy fruit.
We were also supplied with a luxurious selection of sides including Applewood Smoked Mac & Cheese, Seasonal Salad, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Skinny Fries and Sweet Potato Fries.
I am slightly obsessed with a well made Mac & Cheese at restaurants these days so of course this had to be my favourite side dish. It was the first side to run out and in record speed amongst us food enthusiasts - it definitely went down well!
As if we couldn’t be more impressed with the evening so far, along came desserts. Now many restaurants don’t put enough effort into desserts, perhaps because they feel their customers will be so full by then that they won’t matter. However, when restaurants do put the effort in, it really is appreciated. As the desserts were delivered to the tables there was a lot of excitement and from the photos I think it’s clear to see why.
First we had a rather beautiful Trifle, followed by a Chocolate Baked Alaska and then the very classic Sticky Toffee Pudding. All desserts tasted good but the show stopper of the evening had to be the Sticky Toffee Pudding with its rich sauce and slightly nutty as well as moist sponge. Divine.
The Feast Menu is a very reasonable £40 per person or including a half bottle of wine each it is £50 per person. For the gorgeous starters, amount of high quality meat with sides and spectacular array of desserts I’d say this would be an excellent place to take a group of colleagues or friends. I am sure they’d thank you for your great recommendation.
Silk and Grain
Tel. 020 7929 1378