Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar
Restaurant in London
English Steakhouse Restaurant
With wonderful views overlooking the Houses of Parliament, Gillary’s, named after 18th Century caricaturist James Gillray, is still very much the sophisticated and up-market Steakhouse it was when I first reviewed it following its refurbishment back in April 2012 and on a number of subsequent occasions.
Located in the Marriott Hotel County Hall just south of the river, the restaurant is linked to their equally good Gillray’s Bar with its extensive menu of amazing gin cocktails.
The restaurant itself is bright and airy with comfortable leather chairs and wonderful views overlooking The Thames through the large picture windows. In fact it is so close to the London Eye that you can almost reach out and touch it. And when the sun goes down The London Eye takes on this warm red glow as it is lit up for all of London to see.
Unlike the rather radical recent refurbishment of the hotel’s guestrooms, Gillray’s has itself gone through some changes, not of the cosmetic kind this time but of the internal kind with newly appointed Executive Chef Sylvan Chevereau taking up the helm and creating a brand new menu. Sylan was previously at the St Ermin’s Hotel in St James’s. Whilst elements of the original and successful quintessentially British menu remain, in other words those of you who know Gillray’s can rest assured that you can still get a darn good steak here a well as their signature Yorkshire Puddings; there has been a move to introduce a more rounded menu with some great seafood and vegetarian dishes to cater for to a wider audience and taste. Sylan tells me that he has tried to source the produce and ingredients from the British Isles wherever possible.
The menu is well laid out and not overwhelming with the food on the front and the wine list on the back. There are nine very different and creative starters to choose from including a classic chicken liver parfait with pear and gingerbread which is sweet, sour and fruity, a confit salmon with fennel pollen, dill and beetroot and seared divers scallops with apple and dates. Whilst the goat cheese, pistachio and watermelon (which is cooked in a bag at 80 degrees to retain its flavours and compressed) is popular, some of you may prefer the healthier Quinoa and chicken salad, which is slow cooked and very tender. Alternatively they also serve a simple and healthy salad made with watercress, asparagus, pumpkin seeds, farmhouse cheddar and sweet mustard dressing.
For the steak lovers amongst you, Gillray’s serve Aberdeen Angus sourced from English farms and offer a choice of a 300g fillet, 400g T-Bone, 250g /300g Sirloin or a 250g/300g Rib eye, accompanied with a choice of homemade sauces. They also serve a T-Bone pork, a loin steak and BBQ St Louis style spare ribs. If you are after something a little lighter, then the roasted lemon and thyme half chicken would be a good choice or you may want to take a look at their new fish section where both the Seared Cod and Stone Bass also offer something altogether lighter and healthier. There is also a risotto option. However on this particular occasion I was in the mood for a steak and the 300g fillet I ordered did not disappoint and was perfectly cooked. As before you have a choice of homemade dressings.
If after all that you still have room left, your eyes will light up at the choice of desserts, which have taken on a new lease of life under Executive Chef Sylvan Chevereau, although I am pleased to see that Gillray’s excellent sherry trifle is still on the menu. My favourite out of the new selection is a wonderful Bakewell Tart, however you may prefer the Rhubarb Pannacota and there is always a Chef Special on offer.
The wine list offers pretty much something for everyone, available by the glass and bottle. I noted labels from Italy, France, Spain, the USA, England, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
On every visit to Gillray’s I have found the staff to be friendly and extremely knowledgeable and love the new menu, which offers a delightful twist on the original successful formula along with a wider choice which should please many diners.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground
Photographs courtesy of Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Advisable|
|Clientele||A mix of locals, visitors and hotel guests|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Families with children, Bar scene, Small groups, Doing business, Meeting up with friends, Scenic view|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual, Casual|
|Dining Options||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Bright and airy with wonderful views across the Thames. An air of sophistication but by no means snobbish.
Enjoy the 2 course Market Menu for £20 or 3 courses for £27which also includes a glass of Prosecco. Otherwise Starters cost from £6, Steaks from £28, Mains from £15. Wine by the glass from £7.50 and by the bottle from £29.
Last updated on 27-06-2016