M Threadneedle Street made a big splash in the London food scene when it opened in 2015. It was Martin Williams’ (former MD of Gauchos, the Argentinian steakhouse group) first solo project, in the heart of the City, and he certainly did not hold back.

The massive, modern, and rather sleek space incorporates multiple concepts, including M Grill, M Bar, M Wine, M Den, and various private dining options (there was a seafood-heavy restaurant, called M Raw, but that was shuttered and turned into a private dining room in 2016). It caters to the posh City crowd, full of bankers in suits, enjoying power lunches and splashy, meat-heavy dinners.

The meat is certainly the star of the show, as M Grill sources the best beef from all around the world, including Wagyu from Australia, Kobe from Japan, USDA Prime from the US, and even a ribeye from Botswana.

Dining room at M Threadneedle Street

Of course, the fancy digs, polished Riedel stemware, and expensive imported beef comes at a cost for the diner. Steaks start at around £20 and go as high as £75 for a 200g Australian Wagyu, with no sides. Of course, M Grill at M Threadneedle Street is not meant to be a budget destination, and the perpetually packed dining room confirms that the clientele is more than willing to spend well.

Scoring a deal at an upmarket restaurant is exactly what makes Feast on London so exciting.

The month long event hosted by Bookatable features special multi-course menus at various restaurants throughout the city, from casual to Michelin-starred. We decided to sample an indulgent lunch at M Grill, whose Feast on London menu included 4 courses plus a glass of “pink fizz” for £29.50. If you haven’t guessed, this is a fantastic value when you consider that the Feast on London menu is not that far above the most reasonably priced steak on the regular menu, and includes a glass of bubbles!

Julie and I tried to sample as much of the menu as possible, ordering different starters and desserts, though we both ordered the same main course.

Hey, we were at a steakhouse, why would either one of us order the fish?

Glass of pink fizz at M Threadneedle Street
Chowing down at M Threadneedle Street

M Grill at M Threadneedle Street

Black Taramasalata

The first bite of the day was a shared taramasalata spread with bread and rice crackers. This classic Greek dip is made with cured and salted cod roe, whipped with olive oil and thickened with anything from bread to almonds. At M Grill, they used smoked olive oil  and incorporated olives, which added both smokiness and brininess.

Randomly, two days prior we had taramasalata at a Greek restaurant in Marylebone, and frankly, the Greek restaurant did it better. The shared snack at M Grill was aggressively salt and smokey, and we found it to be a ho-hum to begin the meal. The rustic country bread and the bright yellow butter served alongside was a better start.

Snack course at M Threadneedle Street

Organic Salmon Sashimi

The first starter for Julie was a better showing from the kitchen, with four slices of extremely fresh and fatty organic salmon, accompanied by sliced jalapeño, pickled ginger, and wasabi. Nice and light, but totally appropriate for an otherwise decadent meal.

Carrots Rösti, Fermented, and Raw

This was a particularly pretty dish, and one that was rather delicate for a restaurant that focuses on meat. The carrots were artfully arranged, with the smaller pieces served raw for crunch, the fermented pieces adding acidity and tang, and the rösti showcasing the sweetness of the carrot.

Carrot dish at M Threadneedle Street

200g Rump Steak

The rump steak, a cut I find to be chewy when not done right, was cooked as requested and incredibly tender. It was grass-fed beef, with a pronounced beefiness to it and minimal amount of fat. With our meat, we got two sides, perfect crispy chips and a large Caesar-type salad. The 200g portion was ideal for lunch, and with a total of 4 courses, was all we needed.

We added on the chimichurri sauce (£3), our favorite condiment for steak. The version at M Grill did not disappoint, and was one of the better chimichurris we’ve tried in a  while.

200g rump steak at M Threadneedle Street

Dulce de Leche Flan

The flan was a rich coffee color, and packed with caramel-like dulce de leche flavor. Underneath sat a swipe of Italian meringue that was briefly torched. The flan was a perfect consistency, with the ever so slight wobble.

White Chocolate & Coconut

The final dessert was one of the highlights of the day, with smooth domes of white chocolate mousse and coconut mousse around the plate. Lychee gel added a floral flavor and the yuzu gel added nice acidity to the richness of the mousse. The only complaint I had is that the gels were overly set, so they were stiffer than they should be.

Dulce de Leche flan at M Threadneedle Street

White Chocolate and Coconut dessert at M Threadneedle Street

Conclusion

M Grill at M Threadneedle was a nice treat for a midweek lunch, and a tremendous value with the Feast on London set menu. It’s not an exaggeration to say that our meal was a mere fraction of the price of every other diner in the place.

It’s good to be in the know about Feast on Lodnon. And now, you’re in the know, too.

The service at M Grill was efficient but not rushed, with a large number of staff members roaming the floor at all times. We worried ahead of time that the hostess would be confused about the booking we made and that we were there specifically for Feast of London. We needn’t have worried. Our booking through Bookatable was noted and we were provided only with the special Feast on London menu, no awkward conversation or questions required.

While the meal itself had its highs and lows, there is no question that this is why Feast of London exists. We wouldn’t have thought to head to the heart of the City in the middle of a weekday for an extravagant lunch without the lure of a bespoke menu and there we were, sampling a new concept and drinking bubbly at 1pm.

All in all, not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

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  • April 29, 2017

    That looks amazing — and what a great deal! I really want steak now but it’s super early in the morning….

  • April 29, 2017

    I like the vibe at this restaurant. Fine dining is fun to splurge on from time to time, the food looks amazing! That steak is making me want to go out to a fancy place for dinner tonight!

  • April 29, 2017

    The food looks so incredible. It’s just totally mouth watering. It’s great to know about places to eat in the city as it often feels like a ghost town at night and the weekend.
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  • April 29, 2017

    Great recommendation- I’m heading to London for the first time EVER in June!

    • April 30, 2017

      Congrats! It is such an amazing city. We have tons of recs if you are ever need any!

  • April 30, 2017

    Those desserts are killing me! Thanks for the info on this, saving it up to visit if I am there in London any day in future.
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  • April 30, 2017

    Looks like a great place. The rump steak and the white chocolate dessert are the ones I would want to have! Yum!
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  • May 2, 2017

    Well, shoot. I didn’t read this until just now and didn’t know about Feast on London. Bummer that I missed it. I did hear you say you’d gone to M Grill. We went there for New Years Eve. It’s nice and the food is great.

    • May 3, 2017

      I think they will be doing it again next April, so you’ll get a chance to catch the deal again next year!

  • May 2, 2017

    Okay, I’d go here simply for the desserts! I love that even at lunchtime, it seems to have such an upscale vibe and that there were no snafus with your less than typical booking. Wonderful pictures, too!
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  • May 2, 2017

    The Feast On London sounds like such a cool opportunities to try new restaurants around the city! The food at Threadneedle looks delicious. I love a good steak, and those desserts are so unique!
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  • May 2, 2017

    What a delicious looking meal! I love a good steak. And that white chocolate & coconut? To die for! You take some exquisite food photos, by the way.
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  • May 3, 2017

    I reckon the best way to visit a fancy steak restaurant is either if there is some kind of deal happening (like what you booked) or if work is paying. I LOVE a good steak but get frustrated at steak restaurants where you pay an exorbitant amount for a large bit of a bovine then you have to pay extra, and often lot extra, for sauces and sides. Having said that, we had an amazing steak dinner at FatButcher in Stellanbosch. Will have to keep an eye on M when we get back to London.

    • May 3, 2017

      I used to manage a high-end steakhouse in NYC, so I definitely know what you mean. The price of steak can be so exorbitant, that deals like Feast on London make it a little easier on the wallet, that’s for sure!

  • May 4, 2017

    Fab eats Drew. Honestly, that price sounds reasonable. Working exchange rates in my monkey mind and I recall dropping almost $400 USD for a dinner for 2 at Tao. Kobe beef was about $100 of that for….ummm…..a few slices LOL. Not bad at all and everything looked amazing.

    Ryan

    PS….Now that my wife is a vegetarian that $100 Kobe beef total is devoted to 100, $1 USD Buddhist vegetarian lunches in Thailand LOL.
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