A good steak is a rare find. Ever rarer if you live in Manchester.
So I was quite excited about Miller and Carter taking up the very impressive Lloyds Bank building at the Cross Street end of King Street and turning it into one of their steak houses. Yes. it’s a chain. But so what? If they do a good steak, I really don’t care that they run over 30 other steak houses dotted around the country.
I dragged Seb, Pippa and Lee to the Miller and Carter 0n a Tuesday night to put their claim of being ‘one of the best steakhouses in Manchester’ to the test.
I was quite impressed with what Miller and Carter have done with this Grade II listed building – it’s been beautifully restored with a bar in the front of the restaurant and dining area split over two floors. It’s all very grand but still strangely informal.
I really like the menu here – it is beautifully laid out all one one page and really easy to navigate through. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy a steak, they do have other options on there, right from burgers to healthier salads.
We started off with the Sharing Platter which came with a collection of varied staters. Highlights included the Bourborn glazed pork belly bites and the crispy onion loaf. The spinach and mozzarella dip was really nice too – albeit a little too thick. Overall not a bad sharing platter at all.
They also have a really good selection of wines on offer and the menu has suggestions on wine pairing which is always handy for people like me who would’t class themselves as wine connoisseurs. I absolutely loved the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine we ordered. It perfectly complimented all that meat and wasn’t too expensive either.
Definitely on to a winner with a bottle of this. Order the wine, you won’t regret it. The posing is, however, optional.
Lee and I ordered the Chateaubriand to share. Like all the steaks at Miller and Carter, ours was served up with a slice of onion loaf, an iceberg lettuce wedge topped with one of there steak sauces and some fries.
I love a good Chateaubriand. There is nothing more satisfying than cutting into a 16 oz cut of beef tenderloin. Our Chateaubriand was perfectly cooked just the way I like it – medium rare. Presentation wasn’t really ideal however – it looked like somebody just decided to throw random things onto a plate and serve it up. But then again you are talking about a 160z piece of beef tenderloin which isn’t really the most sophisticated and delicate option either.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the sweet potato wedges – it was overdone and slightly burnt.
The fillet and the sirloin that Seb and Pippa ordered were perfectly done. Top marks for the carefully sourced British produce and the way they cook the steaks but again, the presentation left a lot to be desired for.
Pippa also ordered the Grilled Half Lobster Tail with garlic and herb butter which was absolutely delicious. Not the biggest of lobster tails but the meat inside was just right and you cannot go wrong with a bit of herb butter.
I like the fact that Miller and Carter give you such a wide variety of sides to go with your steak. It’s all included in the price of the steak as well which is always handy. My favourite was the wedge of iceberg lettuce served with bacon & honey mustard sauce – absolutely stunning. We all tried a different sauce to go on top of the lettuce but the bacon and honey mustard sauce was definitely one of the best ones. Highly recommended.
So what did I think of ‘The Miller and Carter Steak Experience’? I actually really enjoyed it – the steaks were pretty good, the setting was fab and the service from our friendly waitress was spot on. A few of the dishes served up were disappointing (like the sweet potato wedges) and the presentation of the food leaves a lot to be desired but these are issues can be easily sorted. Plus at that price, you can’t really go wrong with Miller and Carter
Is Miller and Carter the best steak house in Manchester? Probably not but are they one of the better ones around? Definitely.