Review: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Islington

PUBLISHED: 15:16 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:16 17 October 2016

Steaks at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. (Photo: Daniel Graves Photography)

Steaks at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. (Photo: Daniel Graves Photography)

Daniel Graves Photography

One-time ‘enfant terrible’ of the British culinary landscape, Marco Pierre White, was the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars 20 years ago when he was just 33 – a title he still holds to this day.

Starters at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse (Photo: Daniel Graves Photography) Starters at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse (Photo: Daniel Graves Photography)

Having trained under the famed Albert Roux and Michel Roux at Le Gavroche, he went on to nurture kitchen prodigies like Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal at his restaurant Harveys.

But in 1999 White, who is credited with being the first celebrity chef, handed back his Michelin stars, saying he wanted a better work life balance.

“Michelin star restaurants are not what people want,” he later proclaimed.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Islington, a branch of his franchised brand, delivers more of a ‘casual’ dining experience, which he insists the future of dining is all about.

It’s based on the concept of classic British and French dishes, simply cooked using the best, well-sourced and seasonal ingredients.

The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Pentonville Road, just a short walk from Angel station, makes a glamorous setting.

As you’d expect there’s a range of 28-day aged native breed steaks alongside signature dishes like French onion soup, beetroot and goat’s cheese salad, and mains of fried haddock with triple-cooked chips or entrecôte of veal. The indulgent baked brie we chose for a starter came with juicy vine tomatoes, and the crispy calamari were delectable.

The 8oz chargrilled fillet steak was packed with flavour, and served with my favourite bearnaise sauce and homemade chips, priced at £31.95. Classic deserts include a crème brulée, sticky toffee pudding or chocolate brownie.

See for more information.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Entertainment Stories

With RSC regular Greg Hicks in the title role, the interpretation highlights the interplay between hollow political promises and cruel reality.


Distorted Façade brings the artists together to look at the human form, both producing bodies of work that explore the depiction of the figure in the post modern age.

Yesterday, 18:07

Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Friday, May 19, 2017

The London Tango Quintet are playing at Hackney’s Round Chapel on May 25

Thursday, May 18, 2017

ZOE PASKETT talks to Hackney local Ben Lloyd-Hughes about his starring role in Kiss Me, making big life choices and retaining an air of mystery in the era of social media

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Emma Bartholomew pays a visit to Jaguar Shoes Collective’s latest venture RedYellowBlue at the former 2012 East Village

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The artist’s illustrated portraits appeared in many British magazines, and now make up a newly opened exhibition at Goswell Road’s Lever Gallery.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Despite it happening in one of London’s smallest venues, the premiere of Mark Weinman’s Dyl will be on my list of Big Theatre Moments of 2017

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now