Janine Yaqoob discovers more than just steak on the menu
TO A non-red meat eater the thought of dining out at a steakhouse would most probably fill them with dread.
But I saw it as a challenge. The sign of a good restaurant is the ability to cater for and please all that walk through the door.
And Miller and Carter’s Aughton steakhouse did exactly that.
I took along my boyfriend, a meat-lover who likes his steak “how it should only be served - rare”, to sample the restaurants speciality dishes.
So we began our Friday night how every weekend should start – with cocktails.
I went for the French Martini and he went for the Moscow Mule (£6.50 each) as we looked over the impressive list of starters.
As an indecisive pair, we thought it would be best to go for the sharing platter (£10.95). With crispy calamari, buffalo chicken wings, garlic bread, baked cheddar mushrooms and onion loaf, served with garlic and chive mayonnaise and BBQ dips we were spoilt for choice. The calamari was perfectly cooked, the wings were succulent and flavoursome and the onion loaf was very tasty.
Then on to our mains. I ordered the seared tuna steak (£12.50), exactly the kind of steak I like. The fish was fresh and came perfectly cooked. Topped with parsley butter and served with herb crushed baby potatoes and green beans, it was probably one of the best tuna steaks I’ve ever had.
My boyfriend was torn between the 14oz T-bone and the 8oz fillet steak (both £20.95). Eventually he plumbed for the T-bone with peppercorn sauce.
Disappointed with his first couple of mouthfuls due to the fatty edges, the more he ate, the more he enjoyed his dish.
To go with our main courses we ordered a bottle of sauvignon blanc called Sendero Concha y Toro, Chile (small glass £3.95, bottle £16).
Close to being uncomfortably stuffed, we thought it would be rude not to try out the desserts on offer. I went for the deep filled apple pie with custard (£4.95) and he ordered the chocolate brownie (£5.50). Both were delicious and finished our evening off nicely.
Then it was off to our elegantly decorated Innkeeper’s Lodge room, which is attached to the Miller and Carter restaurant, for a restful night’s sleep. It really is a hard life.