Meat-lovers rejoice, as an exclusive previously members only steak restaurant is set to open its doors to the public this December (the 9th to be exact!).
We nipped down to Lutyens Grill inside The Ned on a Thursday evening and got lost in the meaty glamour of it all.
The restaurant is discreetly tucked away behind a wall of wood and mirror from the bustling lobby outside.
Inside you are transported to a world of old-school lushness, with warm lighting, Persian rugs and tasselled lamps hanging overhead.
Lutyens Grill was previously the bank manager’s office – The Ned, if you haven’t been, is an enormous building which served as the HQ for Midland Bank for decades. Now it is a 252-room hotel-cum-food emporium-cum-members club, boasting an impressive nine spots to dine.
Today there is more play than work going on at this sumptuous spot.
My friend Sara and I took a cosy table in the corner of Lutyens Grill, which already had a great atmosphere come 7pm.
Behind us there were several women engrossed in important-sounding conversation, while three men sat to our side, one American and two Brits, casually discussing some big money-making financial deal.
Maybe nothing changes at all? Agreeably this place is still predominantly inhabited by bankers, lose-tied and fully-cupped after a long day of number-crunching.
Back to the menu, and it was tough to decide.
So much meat… steak done five different ways, with a cutlet of pork thrown in for good measure.
I also spied a nice spread of seafood, with smoked salmon and oysters luring the eye.
After a long pause, we decided to share one of the vegetarian options to start with a hearty portion of chargrilled cauliflower mixed with various ‘superfoods’.
For main, Sara opted for a hefty 39-day aged rump while I decided to go off piste and jumped for a serving of native lobster.
Our helpful waiter advised us to sample some sides, so we picked some large buttery Portobello mushrooms and dish of perfectly-cooked cabbage.
The service was perfectly orchestrated like a good film, where the concept of time disappears.
We made short work of the cauliflower and the next act took place.
Sara said her steak was perfectly cooked and I could tell as the knife slid through the slightly browned pink – no effort needed.
The lobster was tasty, although tricky to crack without the necessary tools. A finger bowl did arrive after a while, which I eagerly plundered with my fingers to mop up the mess.
For dessert we opted for a selection of cheeses and poached quince with Earl Grey ice cream.
Both were divine. While we were sufficiently stuffed, our spoons and forks magnetically lurched forwards for more.
To wash the whole thing down, we went the whole hog with delicate glasses of champagne and olive-topped martinis.
Leaving Lutyens Grill, we stepped out from the jewel box into a crazy throng.
It had been the perfect sophisticated girls date night I’d been hoping for. And girls, if you know of a man with a hearty appetite, then this place is sure to impress.
Lutyens Grill is located at 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
To book a table at Lutyens Grill call + 44 (0)20 3828 2000 or visit www.thened.com