“ 90/92 Wigmore Street / London / WIU 3RD. „
Black and Blue is a chain of Steak Houses that have 5 outlets across London. I visited the restaurant in Borough Market near London Bridge. The restaurant is decorated in a modern fashion with floor to ceiling length glass windows overlooking the gloomy streets of London Bridge and exposed brickwork from the original arches in which the restaurant is housed. Furnishing is simple but elegant which some may say mirrors the food served here. Being a steakhouse, Black and Blue naturally specialises in meat, and especially beef. That is not to say that there are not other options on the menu as they also have a handful of seafood or vegetarian options too. The food itself is simple and well cooked from good ingredients. Black and Blue don't do anything too fancy and in the food you do get a bit of a feel that this may be a chain restaurant and the standard does not exceed that of a good pub. I had the cheese and bacon burger, which was cooked well - I asked for medium and the burger has a pinkish glow inside and was tender and not too dry. The portions themselves are hearty with a good side offering of fries to accompany the burger which itself was fairly large. The person I ate with I fear faired less well with prawns. Although he claimed they were good they looked a little dry to me and the side salad accompaniment looked bland and unappetising. Pricing was not too bad for what you get with the burger at £11 (steaks range from £14 upwards) and the drinks selection is pretty standard with a fair selection of decently priced wines and beers. In all, I wouldn't seek the restaurants out but if you are hungry, in need of some meat, and nearby then you could do worse.
This has become one of my most favourite restaurants in London. Black and Blue is open all day and the full menu is always available. It's a great no-nonsense yet stylish drop-in place with excellent service and consistently good eating. The steaks, chops and hamburgers are really first class. The quality of their meat is unbeatable and everything is cooked to perfection. The term 'Black and Blue' refers to their special way of cooking steaks and other meats - namely, deliciously dark char-grilling on the outside, and rare on the inside. However, this is always optional - you may, of course, order your meal to be cooked exactly as you like it. Personally, I love it Black and Blue. Everything is served with chilled crispy and clean salad garnish, as well as really good chips. The desserts are pretty darn wonderful - American style cheesecake, ice creams and sorbets...plenty of yum yum on offer. One of my pleasures at Black and Blue is ordering a soft drink and enjoying an ice cold beverage served in a frozen glass. Wow! It really hits the throat in a satisfying way. Prices are pretty reasonable for a restaurant of this standard. Black and Blue has got it right. Mitch Murray