Irish fillet @ Goodman's, City, London
An outstanding hunk of beef, superbly tender, meaty and melting easily to give off its mellow meaty flavours. Medium rare, which for them was cooked to a dark ruby in the centre, and very juicy. Decent value at £26 for 250g. Nice baarnaise sauce, but the meat doesn't really need any accessories.
A sturdy Stellenbosch Merlot ('07 Journey's End) held well with its medium strong body, balanced woods and fruit, a slight lick of acidity and just the right amount of tannins against the beef.
Truffle chips were ok, slightly less aromatic than the ones I had at the Mayfair branch recently but provided roughly the same textural contrasts of decisive crispiness and a smooth creamy interior. Creamed spinach were richly flavoured, vegetal greens rounded off by the very rich cream, the strands of slightly nutty gruyere perhaps gilding the lily.
Cheesecake has the classic sticky dense texture, enhanced by some cherry compote.