You know the drill by now here, I really really love food. Despite the health problems I’ve had over the last few years putting a stop to some of my more enthusiastic eating endeavours, I still really love food. So when the guys over at Miller and Carter asked if I’d like to visit their newly refurbed Poole location to feast on Steak, obviously there was only one acceptable answer…
So bank holiday Monday Connor and I headed down, tummies rumbling, wearing jeans carefully selected to allow for maximum food baby. The PR team very kindly popped a request into the restaurant for us to be seated near a window, so we could get the best light for photos – these guys think of everything! We did eventually lose the light but the thought was there and much appreciated!
Our waitress for the evening was fantastic, she appeared moments after we got ourselves settled, armed with menus and suggestions of drinks. Within minutes we were armed with a large glass of White Zinfandel Rose for myself and a pint of Peroni for Con, ready to begin tackling the menu.
Miller and Carter’s menu is expansive and surprisingly, not just limited to steaks. As well as a few veggie friendly options, you can choose from a selection of burgers or fresh grill items, so there really is something for everyone. Of course, the steaks are the main attraction though, and what we both opted for – it seemed rude not to!
Now, since we visited at the end of a four day bank holiday weekend, the kitchen was short of a couple of things, but we were made aware of this when we arrived, and it didn’t really impact our evening at all. The staff were super apologetic about it, and great at offering suggestions or alternatives, even substitutions.
Now I should preface this by saying we definitely shouldn’t have ordered a starter! If you’re ordering a steak, the portions are so huge you really don’t need one, but in the interest of exploring the menu we thought we’d better! We opted for the Sharing Board and oh my was it delicious. Hot slow cooked beef and bourbon meatballs, smothered in cheese, hand cut nachos, garlic bread, hoisin glazed duck and chicken wings, and gorgeous garlic mushrooms. The nachos were a real standout for me, I have a real pet peeve of nachos that are served without enough sauce, but these were positively dripping in salsa, soured cream, guacamole and cheese sauce. All of it was delicious, and Con and I agreed that we’d happily go back and have just that for lunch, it was generously sized and we loved every component!
Let’s get on to the main event shall we, because that’s what the steaks are at Miller and Carter, an event. You pick your steak, choose how you’d like it done (although if you aren’t sure, they recommend how each cut is best served on the menu), and pick an accompanying sauce. The steak comes with fries, a balsamic glazed tomato, a classic Miller and Carter onion loaf, and a wedge salad with a dressing of your choice, phew!
I can’t resist a good fillet when it’s on the menu, so that’s what I opted for. Served medium rare it was perfectly cooked, a real melt-in-the-mouth steak. I had it with the bearnaise sauce, which was a little sweeter than I expected, but delicious none the less. There’s nothing worse when you order a steak than a miserly portion of sauce, and you certainly don’t get that here.
Even after my steak and fries I had a little sauce leftover so a thumbs up from me. The fries were especially delicious, lightly seasoned and perfectly cooked, and my garlic mayo and Grana Padano wedge salad was great too.
Con opted for the monster T-Bone steak, which was almost intimidatingly large! It was equally delicious though, and we both really liked the porcini mushroom and black garlic sauce he ordered with it.
Depending on the steak you choose, prices range from around £15 up to £28, and that includes all the extras you could want. The portions are large, we didn’t have room for dessert, and we definitely could have skipped starters!
Now we may not have had room for dessert, but after spotting the expansive cocktail menu, it seemed rude not to try one out! Our waitress recommended the Absolutini’s as a bit of fun, pick berry or citrus flavours for a cocktail served in a mason jar shaker ready for you to shake up yourself at the table! It was just the right mix of sweet and punchy, the mango and lemon flavour was so refreshing, and shaking up your own cocktail at the table is quite fun too!
All in all we had a fantastic night down at Miller and Carter, and I’ve already made plans to return with a friend soon! I’d certainly consider Miller and Carter a reliable name for a good dinner, and I’m definitely looking forward to trying more of their cocktail menu!
Be sure to check out Miller and Carter here, and keep it in mind for your next date night, family dinner, or catch up with friends!
Our meal was very kindly provided for us by Miller and Carter, but as always all thoughts and ramblings about good food are my own.