After an exhausting day of queuing for London Fashion Week shows it was time for me and my partner in crime (Urvisha of Urbane Lotus) to relax and refuel. We’re both serious food lovers and enjoy trying new things but when you are cold, tired and hungry, taking a gamble on dinner is not to be advised.
As we both had a taste for ribs and chips, Urvisha suggested that we go to TGI Friday’s so against my better judgement we made our way to the Leicester Square restaurant. Now don’t get me wrong, I love their Jack Daniel’s ribs and I am definitely partial to a Barnamint Baileys cocktail but apart from that I don’t see what all the fuss is about. There is always a ridiculous wait to be seated, it’s often over-crowded and I’m not impressed by the atmosphere. Plus, the last two times I have eaten at their restaurants, service was slow and the food was cold.
When we arrived I was ready to drop but as I expected there was an hour wait for a table. We were given a pager like device, advised that it would flash when our table was ready and then directed to the bar to grab a drink while we waited. The bar was so packed that there was nowhere to stand without being bumped and bashed by other customers. I literally felt like I was going to have a panic attack. I had to leave, immediately!
This is where Angus Steakhouse saves the day; it was right next door, serves similar food to that of TGI Friday’s and at a reasonable price. I’ve seen the restaurants around London and for years I’ve said to myself, I will go their one day so I guess this was that day. Upon walking in we were greeted by a friendly host who escorted us to the upper dining level where we were seated at a table with a wonderful view of Leicester Square. The atmosphere was completely different and we knew straight away that we had made the right decision.
(source: Angus Steakhouse Online Menu)
Everything on the menu looked great. Delirious from prolonged hunger, we wanted to try a bit of everything so opted for two sharing platters, The American and Taste of The Sea, accompanied by French Fries and Sweet Potato Sticks. It was all so very good; well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. After gorging ourselves on variety of delights including deliciously tender, sweet, sticky ribs, tasty chicken wings with just the right amount of spice and scampi that can only be described as bite-sized pieces of joy, we took a little break before my favourite part of the meal.
Still in sharing mood we decided to pick two different deserts and eat half of each. The Rocky Road brownie with a cheesecake base was indulgently chocolaty but not too rich while the Apple Tart was sweet and refreshing. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the evening.
I can’t believe I waited so long to try this place out. Angus Steakhouse offers a calmer more civilized dining experience with great food rather than gimmicks as its core.