I always say that a truly enjoyable dining experience requires…
An elevating experience!
It’s true you can eat excellent food at home, so you could argue that dining out has to provide much more to compensate you for restaurant food prices.
Having a few hours away from your home environment, enjoying unfamiliar views, and experiencing attentive service, not forgetting great food, these are vital ingredients that can make for a special dining experience.
My visit to Marco Pierre White’s Steak house Bar & Grill was one such occasion, arriving on Saturday evening at Crown Plaza in Plymouth (formerly the Holiday Inn) which is a high rise building sitting just behind the lighthouse on the Hoe. What’s instantly evident when you arrive at the top floor to dine, are the views out across Plymouth, which allow your eyes much scope to wander across the rooftops and the historic naval seascape. It’s something you just can’t see at ground level, the views are stunning.
In terms of the food, the mains selection did provide something for everyone, although I was keen to sample their 28 day aged T-bone steak meal, particularly as this restaurant is branded as a Steak house.
In short, the steak meal was properly excellent, and at last, a baked cheesecake (not one of those disgusting cold set gelatin versions), and of course, a top-notch Malbec to accompany the meal. The meal was simple and critically, extremely satisfying, not something you can say of many fine-dining meals. Add in fabulous views, superb service and it’s easy to recommend to you an entertaining, memorable evening out!
Top image – Nikolay Todorov, a really excellent waiter, having come all the way from his homeland in Bulgaria to work at the Steakhouse. Great staff can really make an evening special for diners, it’s an essential ingredient to the whole dining experience that shouldn’t be underestimated.