We knew of this steak restaurant but always have been a bit wary of chain steak houses so never made the effort to go. However we had agreed to meet a friend for lunch in Borough Market who suggested Black and Blue. Now this would not be my lunch location as I prefer a lighter lunch than a big ‘ole hefty steak but we were sure there would be lighter options (which indeed there were.). Each Black and Blue restaurant is noticeable because of the giant model cow standing on the roof – yes I know I am not putting this in the best possible light to start but bear with me it does get better.
It was a warm day and as these are a rare occurrences in London we asked to sit on the terrace. Inside the restaurant it is light and airy with a large bar in the centre. Brass handles, mirrors and black and white colour scheme gives this restaurant a modern steak house feel but with none of the personality.
On the terrace however it is nice to watch the world go by as it is located on the corner of the market. I imagine on warm weekends when the market is on these seats are at a premium. Bookings are not taken for lunch – on a weekday at least. The trouble I would say about sitting on the terrace was that the waiters rarely came around to our table, they must be so used to serving front of house indoors.
We ordered a glass of the sauvignon blanc while we waited for the eastern European waitress to take our order. We decided on the salmon which was served with dill crème fraîche and a burger. Both of these come with fries and a house salad. The dishes came out after 20-25 minutes which proved that they had been freshly cooked. The burger was a giant – cooked to order (medium rare) it included bacon, cheese and a whole host of garnishing. The bacon was crisp yet full of flavour and the cheese had an oaky depth.
The salmon was delicious, a generous fillet and was lightly pink. It flaked to the touch and was well cooked – although I felt that the dill crème sauce was too heavy and needed lightening by more lemon and capers. There was also too much sauce for my liking and would have preferred them to add the additional into a separate pot. I asked for vegetables instead of fries yet out came the chips which they charged us for. Not a problem but shows lack of personal service which was a constant theme throughout our visit.
We finished off with a selection of sorbets which came out in a sundae glass (very retro) and a chocolate brownie. Again these were very generous in portion – so much so that we had to leave a bit. The brownie was thick and dense with a dark chocolate sauce poured over with ice cream by the side. Not sure if it’s just me but I like brownies warm when served especially if with ice cream. The sorbet was refreshing and zingy but what can you expect. We are still unsure if deserts are made on premises, our tendency is to think probably not.
All in all it was a pleasant lunch, sitting in the sun on the terrace, eating well cooked food and chatting casually. We did not feel rushed but that was almost a down side being based more from negligence of the waiters. The dishes were cooked well and generous in size however again the personal touch was lacking. The atmosphere was a little sterile but I assume once more livelier in an evening, it has much more of a buzz.
As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives this place:
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