Mick Elysee

A steak to remember at the Marsden Bistro

I love steak. Basically if you ever need me to do you a favour, without question, just feed me steak and chips and I’ll do you any kind of favour as long as it’s legal.

Mick Elysee

Head Chef Mick Élysée served up a sumptuous ribeye steak at The Marsden Bistro in Hackney, which as you can see came with a healthy portion of chips and a salad which I did eat (have to be healthy). The steak was perfectly cooked to my specification and every mouthful was a delight! My mouth is currently watering just recollecting how yummy it was. I’ve taken to having my steaks Medium/Well Done as I move away from having them Well Done and this was just perfect!

The interior of The Marsden Bistro clearly has a Parisian influence, with the subtle lighting and uncomplicated furniture, it’s the perfect location for a romantic meal for two. I was with a friend, so though not quite romantic we both felt that it would be the perfect place to take our partners. The menu is simple yet concise which is just what you need really, there’s no pretentious convoluted narrative (which one can find in some menus of new restaurants). It does exactly what it says it’s going to do: an intimate restaurant that serves freshly prepared food.

If you’re looking for a lovely place to take your special someone then look no further.

Perfect for:

  • Romantic Meals
  • First Dates
  • Dinner with friends



Tapas at Three O Two

I love tapas! Basically you can have lots of mini dishes without the guilt (not that I ever feel guilty whilst eating but some people do so hey). I found a great deal on TravelZoo* which was just too good to ignore! A selection of tapas, dessert and wine for 2 for less than £30 at Three O Two at H10 London Waterloo.

Venison Carpaccio

Venison Carpaccio

There were about 4 different types of tapas which included Venison carpaccio, duck and crab fritters and  our desserts were warm brownies with Baileys ice cream. Everything about this experience was delightful! The service was top notch and the atmosphere was a joy, despite it being rather quiet. I was actually surprised that the restaurant wasn’t fully booked. But I am aware that many hotel restaurants struggle, hence the deals. My favourite was the Venison Carpaccio which was mouth-watering! The only downside was that it’s a little bit of a trek from Waterloo station, which means that it’s out of the way however I always try to look on the bright side as it’s a great bit of after dinner exercise (10 minute walk isn’t too bad actually). If you’re up for some delicious and authentic tapas at a AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, then Three O Two is the place to go! Without or without a special offer!

Perfect for:

  • Date night
  • Special occasions

*If you’re not on the TravelZoo mailing list can I just ask that you SIGN UP IMMEDIATELY. Unlike some of the other voucher deal sites, TravelZoo seems to be a lot more selective and it shows in the quality of deals.