What could appeal more to one’s red-blooded instincts than an evening spent critically appraising slabs of internationally sourced steak in the avuncular company of experts? Add a welcome cocktail or two, pairing wines, and the promise of learning how to nurture your own prime cut of choice to perfection, stage it all in a swish new restaurant in the heart of the City, and there you have it: macho dinner nirvana.
On Tuesday February 17, the just-opened M restaurant on Threadneedle Street will deploy its chef Jarad McCarroll (who’s been summarily poached from the Chiltern Firehouse by ex-Gaucho Grill MD and M mastermind Martin Williams) to whisk guests on a unique journey in steak through six continents (£175 per person). Led by Tom Parker Bowles and Matthew Fort, two of the most respected, well-informed and entertaining foodie experts on the London scene, the night promises to be meaty in more ways than one.
It will be hosted within M’s cavernous 15,000sq ft space, which encompasses two restaurants, a wine-tasting bar, a cocktail bar and an intriguing sounding “secret den”. There, guests will cruise through food and drink experiences from each continent as Fort and Parker Bowles regale the assembly with personal tales from their foodie travels. After that, all participants – now experts – will compete in a blind “taste off” of the six signature steaks showcased in the M Grill restaurant. Vegetarians clearly need not apply.