I recently found myself in the Gutter, no, sorry, Gutter Lane in East London. Manicomio City, an offshoot of the original Manicomio in Chelsea, are offering a Chianti & Steak Night Special until the end of November. I laid my waistline on the -er- line and went to check it out for you.
On offer is a Longhorn T-Bone (750g) from the Ginger Pig, and a bottle of 2009 Castellare Di Castellina, Chianti Classico. The steak is available at lunchtime to share for £45 and the wine also retails at £45, so it is a bit of a bargain at £65 for both. The Ginger Pig is pretty well known in London now, and like most food obsessives, I am familiar with their steak, both from the Ginger Pig butcher shops and also steakhouse Hawksmoor, which uses their steaks exclusively. Great meat and steaks, and I especially love the blue cheese taste the Longhorn fat has. Fabulous.
The offer is for the steak and wine, excluding sides and starters and desserts (should you want them), but I am always looking for great gnocchi so tried the gnocchi with tuscan sausage and fennel ragu first. The gnocchi were pillow light and the ragu deep and rich with the fennel lifting it. My friend had the rabbit papardelle with leeks, capers and lemon – and of course I had a taste – another lovely rich tender ragu with the capers and lemon giving it piquancy and freshness.
Perhaps heavy starters with a t-bone on the way but never mind. The t-bone arrived – huge (see top photo) – and cooked medium rare as requested. The outside had a perfect crusty char and it was pink within. With great flavour and texture, the benefit of a t-bone is that you get both fillet and sirloin, and both cooked on the bone. The 750g was more than enough for us, and the Chianti Classico that went with was smooth, elegant and delicious. The sommelier had opened it at the start of our meal to allow it to breathe too.
Time for desserts, I really had no room but wanted to see how they fared there. Limoncello profiteroles, pistachios & salted caramel were another lovely combination of citrus light and with richness, from the caramel.
Manicomio had not been on my radar before now, but I would definitely go back, and the Steak & Chianti Night is a fun ideas and well worth a visit. The steak is great, but it also allows you to surf the wine list to new heights (if on a budget) and try something a little more luxurious. It runs until the end of November only.
Manicomio City, 6 Gutter Lane, London EC2V 8AS, 020 7726 5010
I previewed the Steak and Chianti offer at Manicomio as a guest of the restaurant