Leicester’s food scene is booming more than ever before. New restaurants, cafes and artisan food producers appearing at every corner, it’s a great time to be in the city if you’re a foodie.
Steakout first appeared on Granby Street a couple of years ago and we couldn’t help but notice they seem to have undergone a revamp lately, with a new menu and burger specials we popped along to see what they had in store.
The name really gives it away, these guys like their steak. Adding to the expected rump, sirloin and fillet options the menu also offers a 16oz T Bone and the indulgent Philly Cheese Steak, covered in caremalisd onions and cheese. Don’t worry though, if steak isn’t your bag there’s a whole host of other choices including rack of lamb, flavoursome tilapia fish and succulent grilled chicken breast, which all come accompanied by a choice of sauce and sides (mushroom sauce and sweet potato fries come with a high Cool As recommendation).
Time to backtrack, but the starters deserve their own mention. A lot of the usual suspects can be found on the starters list; Chicken Strips, Buffalo Wings, Prawn Dippers and Mozzarella Sticks, but there are a couple of new items that really stand out. The Chicken Cheese Balls are little numbers with shredded chicken breast mixed with cheesy, spicy potato and lightly battered (these also come as a veggie option without the chicken), but the star prize went to their nachos, which come served to dip in a skillet of hot creamy cheese sauce mixed with spinach, covered in more cheese and baked. Make sure you order this. It’s pretty big, so you might want to share, but to be honest it’s also good enough to have as a main in its own right if you don’t want anyone else to get their mitts on it!
The burger menu has also had a revamp with some of the highlights including the Mac n Cheese Burger, which consists of beef burger glazed with garlic butter topped with macaroni cheese fritters and then covered in a cheese sauce plus burger sauce and sandwiched in a toasted brioche. The burger competition in Leicester is tough at the moment with Meatcure and Crafty, but this burger has got some punches to pull. The Buttermilk Chicken burger also deserves a mention with its light and crispy seasoned batter, topped with hot sauce and buttermilk coleslaw. Or if you can’t decide then just build your own with a range of toppings including sauteed mushrooms, guacamole, aioli, chicken rashers and whole array of different cheeses.
For those of you on a summer health kick then there’s no need to worry as the menu offers some (almost) guilt free dinner options too. The naked burger offers a great steak burger served on a salad of mixed leaves, pomegranate seeds, chilli and onion, or why not opt for the Mexican Bean Salad with a blend of beans served with mild hot sauce.
On our visit to Steakout we couldn’t complain at the level of service, with the management particularly going out of their way to welcome and make sure they explained the menu. There was no doubt of the highlights… the nachos with cheese & spinach dip and the Philly Cheese Steak. Big thumbs up all round. With the Philly Cheese Steak being sliced before topped with cheese and onions it stayed succulent and didn’t lose any of its flavour. Obviously not recommendations for when you’re watching your diet, but save it for a blow out and go and enjoy yourself!
The prices are quite varied across the menu with starters sitting between £4 to £7, whilst the burgers start from a reasonable £8 and come served with skin on chips. With steaks including a choice of sauce and side dish the prices aren’t too bad from £14.95 for Rump Steak to £20.95 with the Fillet (larger sizes available at an extra cost).
The menu does seem more extensive than needs to be with them also offering pies, which seemed a little of track compared to the rest of the menu. With the name as Steakout it would seem to make more sense to focus purely on this, which is what’s going to bring the customers in.
The restaurant is also Halal so there’s no alcohol with your dinner but the amazingly refreshing virgin Mojito we had was more than enough to make up for that.
Due to the amount of cheese topped food consumed we didn’t quite have space for dessert but the range of puddings and shakes on offer means we’ll definitely be back to try them out!
So all in all Steakout gets a Cool As thumbs up. The cheesy nachos and Philly Cheese Steak stood out above all other, but the menu has enough to keep everyone happy. With the steaks also prepared in your choice of plain or spicy Steakout marinade you can make sure it’s to your taste in the spice department too. The kids menu along with the balloons and colouring on offer mean that you can take the family anytime.
Steakout has tough competition in Leicester with the food scene booming the way it is at the moment but we’ll certainly be back to try out the rest of the menu!
Steakout is located on Granby Street and more information can be found on the Steakout website.