It’s not hard to find great places to eat in London, and VOC London is no exception – http://www.voc-london.co.uk/. VOC’s location in a hidden courtyard just a few minutes from Kings Cross & St Pancras Stations made this an easy jaunt coming in from South London.
As we entered VOC, we were greeted by the cool, speakeasy-style cocktail bar. Making our way past the bar we went up to the next level, where the dining area was situated. The place was pretty busy by the time we arrived at 7.00pm, so I’d definitely recommend you book ahead.
The cocktail list had nothing that I recognised, and all looked to be packing some serious punch. I ordered the Raspberry Shrub, which is bottled in house and matured for at least a week, made with Pampero Especial with fresh lemon juice, honey and fresh raspberries. Whoa, the blend of these ingredients made this drink is a little bit special!
Steve went in for the kill on THE BUTTERFLY made up of – Spiced Rum, ginger liqueur & coconut,
topped with Ginger Beer & served with dried banana and a splash of vanilla, I blinked and his was gone!
The menu wasn’t too full on, which I like, as sometimes I become confused when faced with lots of options. I took one look and knew what I wanted – Grilled Halloumi to start and the Organic Chicken Burger for main. The waiter, however, had other ideas and offered me the opportunity to switch my main for a steak. Intrigued by his confidence around my favourite food, I made the switch, 250g of prime, 28 day aged, Scottish Highland Fillet Steak (mouth is watering).
Steve wasn’t far behind with his order of Panko Calamari to start and the highly anticipated fillet Steak.
We ordered our sides to share – Onion rings, triple cooked chips and coleslaw…. too much?
It wasn’t long before the starters arrived, and I was pretty pleased with my choice, olives, hummus, Halloumi, pitta and tomato’s, all my favorite things right there on one plate, not too much nor too little, delicious!
Steve ordered a glass of Pinot Noir to accompany his steak, whilst I was still happily sipping on my Raspberry Shrub.
First impression WOW! A neat stack of aubergine, courgette, asparagus, topped with a sprig of rosemary. If this tastes as good as it looks we are in for a treat……. and a treat it was, this is some serious steak that literally melted in the mouth, no wonder the waiter recommended I reconsider my order. I would have been weeping across the table had I gone for the burger (which I am sure would’ve been great), and had to watch Steve demolish this beauty!
We probably went a little crazy on the sides, but I would definitely recommend you go for the triple cooked chips when ordering the steak, perfect accompaniment.
We’d inhaled quite a lot of food, and both feeling rather full, we decided to share a dessert, it wasn’t difficult to reach a decision – Chocolate Brownie.
Beautifully presented served with, ice-cream, strawberries and blueberries, a perfect end to what was a truly tasty evening. .
There are so many great things I could say about this place, but I really think you should try it out for yourself……………
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