Last Updated on April 13, 2019 by Fiona Maclean
Bar + Block Steakhouse, Wimbledon Broadway – a new opening in Wimbledon
A new restaurant concept by Premier Inn owners Whitbread, Bar + Block Steakhouse is more than good enough to stand out on its own and a great place for a night out.
Entering, there’s a modern and welcoming interior, full of copper, wood and exposed brick. Past the bar is the main dining space, with a variety of table options from a central large option to comfortable booths where we were placed. Most have a view into the semi-open kitchen to catch a glimpse of the dishes being prepared.
The welcome from the staff matches the interior. Attentive and keen to recommend both food and drink options, which is useful with an extensive range of menu options. The central portion of the menu is devoted to beef though, this is a steakhouse after all. You are encouraged to choose your cut and size before adding side options and sauces. There’s a lot more than standard sirloin and rump steak steaks on offer with multiple speciality cuts and a “Butcher’s Block” special that changes regularly.
What stood out for us was the range of food on offer apart from the steaks, which included a great range of salads, burgers, fish and grilled meat that didn’t feel like an afterthought!
The wine selection, like the food menu, is varied with plenty of options. Good red wine is essential with steak and once more Bar + Block did not disappoint, with a waiter recommendation of the Rioja 2014 Federico Paternina, which complemented the steak perfectly while being easy drinking.
We started with two tapas style dishes: Mac n cheese bites and Jalapeño and cheese dippers.
The former is a great example of comfort food, restaurant-style while the latter had just the right level of spice to cut through the cheese, in an empanada style dipper. There were enough bites and dippers to share between two and the other starter options make scaling up and sharing between a bigger group easily possible, though watch for someone hoarding all the Mac n Cheese bites.
For our main course, it was only right to order at least one steak, so we opted for the current Butchers Board special – a 10oz Picanha with potatoes, garlic spinach and mushrooms plus a smoky red wine sauce. At the waiter’s recommendation, we added an extra in the form of the “signature” fiery black sauce.
We asked for our steak to be served medium-rare and what we received was perfectly cooked, tender and full of flavour as is to be expected with such a cut. we did think the spinach was heavy on the garlic, though that was as described on the menu. It might be slightly too much for some but we thought it was very tasty. Bar + Block definitely offer dishes with ‘big flavours’. Mushrooms were soft and potatoes light, fluffy and a perfect complement to the steak. The red wine sauce was rich but the portion size was a little conservative so we were thankful for the waiter’s recommendation of an extra sauce. The fiery sauce offered a spicy kick which elevated the dish. Overall, this steak dish, as expected from a special, was a cut above a standard steak and chips.
We ordered the Buddha bowl with chicken to test the non-steak offerings on the menu. The chicken was very tasty and the supporting flavours from the grains, houmous, salsa and broccoli complemented each other well. We enjoyed the bowl, a healthier, lower-calorie option without that sacrifice of taste or flavour that can sometimes come with salad options.
Though the starters and mains were not shy on the portions, we saved room for dessert and walked away happy we had.
We could not resist ordering the Churros sundae, which was highlighted on the menu for good reason. This guilty pleasure was amazing and certainly one for the person in our group with a sweet tooth. Normally Churros and chocolate sauce are more than enough to finish off a meal but why not add brownies and salted caramel ice cream the to mix to?
We also choose a slightly more refined dessert, though the salted toffee apple crumble was just as delicious as the sundae.
Sweet and salty as it should be, with soft apples that retained a bite and were not mushy, again avoiding a common pitfall. Served hot with a crunchy crumble, the decision of the restaurant to pair ice cream rather than custard was good choice. Warming, hearty and syrupy, another great dish to round off the meal.
Overall we enjoyed tasty food and good wine in a restaurant that avoids the stereotypes of both steakhouses and hotel restaurants while keeping the best parts of the former and adding more on.
We were guests of Bar + Block.
Bar + Block are open for breakfast and brunch and dining all through the day.
Bar + Block
153-161 The Broadway
06:30 – 23:00
07:00 – 23:00
0208 051 2946