The Grill on the Market

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Lunchtime favourite – The Grill on the Market

History and Background:

Meal courtesy of The Grill on the Market.

This was already one of my favourite go-to places for lunch with close proximity to the office – The Grill on the Market has been constantly voted as one of the top places for steak in London. Alongside steak powerhouses, Gaucho and the Goodman chains, The Grill on the Market has one of the finest selection of steaks straight from Smithfields Market, where – it was formerly an execution site!

Focusing on no nonsense food, The Grill on the Market offers something more unique with a variety.

Premium quality steak that’s aged for 28 days to ensure tenderness and flavour

Situated in the middle of the Square Mile, the restaurant is catered and suited for business meetings, party bookings and more.

Seafood is abundant on the menu – namely their oysters, fish and lobsters. Not to mention, brunching on Saturdays here would give you unlimited glasses of bubbly!


The meal:

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Mint Tea
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Smoked Duck Salad £7.00

We chose to have an appetizer to start off with. The Smoked Duck Salad came neatly presented with an assortment of quaint toppings. Walnut dressing gave it a nice nutty kick and completed the balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes, savoury and sweet flavours co-existed with cheddar cheese topping and raspberry vinaigrette. The duck itself was tender and a light touch to start the meal.

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Sirloin (Big Boy cut) 340g

If only I could portray how fine the quality of these meats are through the blogging platform, but who knows, 3D blogging may come into existence in the near future!

I went for the big boy cut at 340g (I know.) A salad side was chosen instead of the hand cut chips complement – feel free to ask your waiter to do a bit of a mix and match to suit your dietary requirements. Sides on offer vary from Heritage Roots and Greens to Buttered Mash Potato.

The sirloin steak was succulent. Aged on the bone for a big beefy flavour. It is recommended to be served medium, I went for a cheeky medium rare.

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Rib Eye option for Liam

The juiciest cut they say – and it certainly looked it Liam also opted for medium rare complemented with good quality hand cup chips. These steaks are best eaten without sauces, as they contain enough flavour themselves. Peppercorn, Bernaise, Chimichurri and Red Wine & Shallot sauces are available for those who want to go the extra mile though.

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Have it however you like it! Delectable.
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Sides – onion rings
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Medium rare cut
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Sauces too, Bernaise and Chimchurri
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Sticky toffee pudding £6.75

We were running short of time on our lunch break but we just had to squeeze in their signature dessert. The stick toffee pudding was moreish. Definitely suited for those with a sweet tooth. Fresh from the oven, so much so that it was still steaming with vanilla ice-cream oozing its way out of the center, it’s definitely one of the best cheat-meal desserts you can go for. The sponge itself was soft, soaked in nectarous toffee..

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Couldn’t get enough….

Service: Can be a bit slow if you miss the timing in grabbing their attention. If you’re in a hurry for lunch, let them know when ordering. The waiters know their stuff. Simply ask if you’re not sure how you want your steak or what sauce to compliment it with!

Bits and bobs:

  • Membership with The Grill on the Market can get you between 20% to 50% off your food bill all year round

Price: £££

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Square Meal

Banh Mi Bay

Serving one of the best Vietnamese baguettes in London
History and Background:
I first heard of this small eatery by word of mouth, Vietnamese food is not so mainstream in the UK, especially in London, but its actually one of my favourite cuisines.(I always think I’m half-Vietnamese due to my father’s history with Vietnam but many people think otherwise haha…) There are several good Vietnamese places worthy of note, but I first thought I would try my hand at Banh Mi Bay, Banh Mi is a literal translation for Vietnamese baguette, so you can guess that one of their specialties would be their…baguettes! I came with with Matt and Amy, to the Holborn Branch. You can find Banh Mi Bay in Fitzoriva (takeaway only) and St. Pauls. They also do delivery to certain areas of central London, for more information check their site: With a strong focus on Vietnamese authenticity, they stick to Vietnamese delicacies and local foods and have a strong following of City workers committed to having their daily lunch at the Vietnamese cafe. Fast and quick service means that Londoners and commuters can easily hustle and bustle within work hours without having to wait for good food.
The meal:
Banh Mi
Chargrilled Satay Chicken £4.50

One of the cheapest eats in London, takeaway prices vary from £4-6.

  • Fresh summer rolls (my favourite) – recommended * £3.50
  • Deep Fried spring rolls £4.00
  • Banh Mi Baguettes ranging from Shredded Caramel Pork to Char-grilled Satay Chicken £4.50
    • Extra main filling £1.00
    • Add Pate £0.50
  • Pho (similar flavours) for £6.00
  • Rice Boxes £6.00
  • Vietnamese drinks ranging from £1.50 – £2.00
Slightly dry but filling
Banh Mi
Chargrilled Lemongrass Beef £4.50
If you like sweet chilli flavours these baguettes are right up your street

These are big baguettes, but I found them to be slightly too dry, it may be because there’s too much bread – condiments ratio. Nevertheless, they’re enjoyable and aromatic, and similar to those that I have eaten in Vietnam. The added kick from chillies and fresh herbs allow your taste buds to savour the fresh flavour.

Banh Mi Bay
Deep Fried Spring Rolls £4.00
Vietnamese rolls are pretty different to Chinese spring rolls so do try some!

Fresh summer rolls (below) are my absolute favourite, my grandma always make them for the family on special occasions, and it really does taste exactly the same! The rolls are tasteless without dipping it into the lemon/ fish sauce I really love, you should relish the taste when you get a chance.

Fresh summer rolls £3.50

Service: It does get really busy especially during lunch hours, but the staff are friendly all the same. They are super speedy and very quick service, just what people love. They won’t rush you out either, since most of the business is take-out.

The bits and bobs:
  • Opening hours can be quite specific:
    • Mon-Fri 1130-4pm, 5.30-9pm. Closed Sundays
  • No booking between 12pm – 2.30pm, weekdays
  • Expect a queue but it dies down
  • The pho is supposed to be quite good, so try them out, (I will next time)
  • If you are thinking of visiting, ask me to come with, please!
Price: £

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