Review: Cut

Some time ago a friend mentioned that he’d hear about this amazing Steak restaurant called Cut. He’d called up the restaurant on a Friday for a Saturday booking and was practically laughed at. When he finally visited I recall him mentioning it was the best steak he’d tasted. I quickly added it to my must visit list and awaited a reason to attend.

So last week when I noticed my Fiancé had added to our joint diary that he’d booked us in for lunch with his friends who were moving to Dubai, I didn’t have the heart to say no (hell I’ve been wanting to try this place for so long, I was shocked he’d been listening).

So Saturday came and I rushed along, feeling slightly bad that I was 10 minutes late, only to find out I was the first there. This gave me enough time to tell our friendly waiter that the it was the short guy with less hair’s birthday and could he arrange a plate for him when we ordered dessert.  Mr Fiancé who is notoriously late showed up next, only 20 minutes later than the booking time & Mr & Mrs V (P) showed up last.

Although we’d booked for the £34 Salad & Steak menu, we decided to order a few of the starters because they sounded so bloody good. However we started with drinks.

Whilst the boys settled on a bottle of wine, us girls started with a special cocktail. I can’t say I know what was in it, but the waiter managed to sell it to us and boy was it good.

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This was Mr & Mrs V (P)’s second visit and so they were fairly happy for the Fiancé & I to pick the starters. So we did just that.

The Tuna Tatar arrived first.

Big Eye Tuna Tatar, Wasabi Aioli, Ginger, Togarashi Crisps, Tora Soy
Big Eye Tuna Tatar, Wasabi Aioli, Ginger, Togarashi Crisps, Tora Soy

The tuna was amazingly fresh, the wasabi wasn’t at all over powering, the watercress added a refreshing twist and the avocado was just perfect. Together with wafer thin but incredible crispy Togarshi Crisps, this was the perfect summer dish.

Next up was the Steak Sashimi.

Australian Wagyu Steak Sashimi, Spicy Radishes, Greek Cress
Australian Wagyu Steak Sashimi, Spicy Radishes, Greek Cress

Again, I would be mad to complain, this was delicious. The flavours were well balanced, the Steak was amazingly soft & flavoursome and the radish added a change in texture.

Next up was the Steak.

As you’d imagine, the Steak & Salad menu entitled you to the 6oz Petit Cut Filet Mignon steak and a choice of one out of the 5 salads. The Waiter pointed out that this would be a “mini” portion. As part of the menu you also had a choice of sauce.

I was quick to decide on the Wasabi-Yuzu Kosho Butter (despite not knowing what anything other than the Wasabi and Butter were). The choice of salad was a little more difficult, but I went against the recommendation and picked the Roasted Beet, Goats Cheese, Pistachio, Citrus, Micro Basic (what!!???) and Mint salad.

Petit Filet Mignon 6oz, South Devon Angus, South West England, Aged 28 Days & Beet & Goats Cheese Salad
Petit Filet Mignon 6oz, South Devon Angus, South West England, Aged 28 Days & Beet & Goats Cheese Salad

My first thought was that the Micro Basil must have been so micro that I couldn’t see it. My second thought was, “where’s the rest of my salad??”

Mr Fiancé went for the Mediterranean salad and didn’t seem to complain so I can only assume he quite enjoyed it.

Ok so really I’d come to Cut for the steak and although I was slightly confused about my salad, the steak really did not disappoint. Having chosen my standard medium rare, the steak was succulent and juicy, the sauce subtle but balanced.

We also decided on three sides.

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French Fries with Herbs & Wild Field Mushrooms, Japanese Shishito Peppers

For some reason I failed to take a photo of the final side we’d ordered which came highly recommended by Mr & Mrs V (P) – the Creamed Spinach with Fried Organic Egg. My oh my was this good. The Spinach was super duper creamy (I can only imagine how much butter was used in the white sauce) and the sunny side up egg was quickly chopped up and mixed through before it landed on our table. I’m not sure if it was the butter or the addition of the egg but this was truly moorish.

The chips were perfectly crispy and the addition of the Herby saltiness was great. Whilst the mushrooms were slightly mismatched alongside the dish itself, they were delicious in their own right so I happy picked at them.

Once we’d cleared our plates there was a bit of a squabble over whether we had room for dessert or not. This was quickly settled with a whatsapp message across the table confirming the need to order.

Having decided we were going to order something, the next decision to make was what are we going to order. With so many really delicious choices on the menu, it took some time but we finally decided on the CUT “Bounty Bar”

CUT "Bounty Bar"
CUT “Bounty Bar”

Mr Fiancé had no clue so it made for a great surprise & the cake was good too! Described as “Coconut almond cake, milk chocolate ganache & coconut-chocolate chip sorbet”, it wasn’t too sweet. The sorbet cut the sweetness in the cake which is always a good thing.

The problem with having so many expectations of somewhere is that if it doesn’t meet your expectations, you’re left feeling really disappointed. However Mr Wolf or Mr Gang or Mr Puk (I think it’s the last one) I was truly impressed, that is until the bill arrived (but I’ll leave that for another time).

Cut is definitely somewhere for special occasion, whilst the food is of an amazing quality and service was super friendly without being stuck up, you pay the price for it – Don’t say I didn’t tell you!

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