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Bar + Block Review | Aldgate

Recently I was in charged of arranging where to go out for dinner and a girlie catch up with a friend and I knew straight away Bar + Block was the place to go.The new venue in Aldgate boasts an open kitchen, slick modern interior and is just a stone throw away from Aldgate East station on the Hammersmith & City line.

When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly staff member, before being shown to our table by our waiter who bought us some table water and a tub of popcorn. But this was not any popcorn, cooked in beef dripping and coated in beef flavouring.  It sounds a bit weird but trust me when I tell you that it works.

The drink menu is huge and were spoilt for choice, was we couldn't make up our minds. We were suggested the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini (7.99) a twist on the traditional recipe made with Salted Caramel Kahlua & Absolut Vodka, which was delicious and perfect to sip on whilst we checked out the starters.

Together we shared the Pulled beef tacos (4.95), which are new on the menu. Soft taco shells topped with pulled beef, beans with bacon, smashed avocado, tomato salsa, Cheddar cheese and coriander, and the Salt and Pepper Squid (6.50) mixed with chilli and garlic, served with lemon & garlic mayo and a wedge of lemon.

On my visit to the Kings Cross branch last year I was pescatarian, now that I am now flexitarian I knew that I wanted to try a meat dish this time. The Surf and Turf (23.95) caught my eye straight away, 8oz sirloin, topped with a lobster tail cooked in garlic butter over charcoal. The steaks at Bar + Block are aged for a minimum of 28 days and this makes the meat really tasty,the steak was medium rare as requested and was tender and melted in the mouth. I had the Creamed Sweetcorn (3.25) for a side which was rather moorish.

My friend opted for the Deconstructed Beef Wellington (28.95) which features a 10oz sliced fillet served on layers of puff pastry filled with garlic spinach and creamy truffle flavoured mushrooms, served with a rich Malbec sauce. She swapped the chunky chips for Halloumi fries which are new on the menu. I have to say I had major food envy after trying one. They are the best halloumi fries I have had to date, light, crispy and slightly salty.If you are a cheese lover you must order them, you will not be disappointed!

Did we have puddings? of course we did! For me Salted Toffee Apple Crumble, served with vanilla ice cream (5.95) – another new menu item – for my friend they recommended the Chocolate Churros Sundae (5.95) which is churros coated in cinnamon sugar, served with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel ice cream, brownie chunks, cream and chocolate toffee sauce. The Churros are normally served inside the mason jar, however my friend asked for them to be served on the side.

We ended the night with a Instagram worthy Unicorn Juice (7.99) which was almost too cute to drink, rainbow layers of strawberry purée, passion fruit and pineapple juice, Bacardi Superior Rum and a blue curaçao drizzle, topped with a candy unicorn! and a classic rum and coke.

As well as great food, we received fantastic service from Rais who looked after us for the entire evening.  He was attentive but not overly and gave us some recommendations when we couldn’t decide what to have from the menu. Everyone I saw served by him had massive smiles on their faces and I even caught him doing the floss with some kids. He is a credit to Bar + Block.

As well as dinner, the restaurant also serves breakfast, brunch and lunch opening from 6.30am till late 7 days per week.

Have you heard of Bar + Block before? check out their menu and let me know what catches your eye.

We were provided with a complimentary meal in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.


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