50% off your main course when you purchase a starter or dessert also.
Why I chose it
What appears great about the deal is that it is simply a price reduction versus the regular menu, so I am expecting the same food as my fellow diners, I just expect to pay less.
Downsides or drawbacks
None apparent. I even utilised this deal on a Saturday.
What I ate
- 8oz fillet steak, triple cooked chips
I was totally impressed. I've been to the sister restaurant in the City where there were hits and misses on my visit, but everything here today was a hit. Most importantly, the fillet steak was really very good indeed, I cannot fault it one bit. Cooked perfectly, tender but flavourful, and with a nice char too, it really did tick all the boxes. Plenty of big thick cut chips, easy enough for two left me totally satisfied. The Bearnaise sauce, something which at the other branch last year was a disaster, was here exactly as it should be. The cheesecake meanwhile was hug slab so I didn't think I'd be able to get through it all but was much lighter than it looked but still rich and creamy. The only issue was that the biscuit base had gone slightly soft but I still enjoyed it.
A small negative is that the waiting staff are not all familiar with the menu, broadly, in a steakhouse, the focus is surely on the beef. There seemed to be a basic lack of knowledge in this area. The website tells me it is UK beef, dry aged on the bone for 21 days, something the waiters really should know. That said, I was delighted overall.
Steaks are regular cuts, chips and cheesecake came in a substantial portion.
Service was good throughout the meal, I was treated very well indeed. Despite being on a deal, I had a great seat in the front of the restaurant, and despite drinking only tap water, they always filled my glass without me once having to ask.
Meal deal verdict
This is a stunning deal because it's the same food as if you booked with the restaurant but with the main at half the price. While the 8 oz fillet steak I ordered is on the menu at £28.50 (Goodman charge £34 for 8.8oz, so they've not marked up to mark down), my deal obviously gave a £14.25 reduction in that. With chips at £3.95 and cheesecake at £6.50, even with service, my bill came to £29.57 (I drank only tap water). My saving overall was 33%. This is of course a 'fixed' saving so the more you order (wine, starter, coffee etc), the higher the bill, the lower the percentage saved. Clearly however, if four people around the table each save £14.25, the total saving on an absolute basis, £57 remains most attractive.
Deal score 7/10
Note: while excellent, the deal score is not higher because the maximum saving here is about 33% but for most will be less if additional items are ordered or a less expensive main chosen. At venues like The Square, the set lunch at £35 saves you a whopping £45 versus the a la carte price and in that sense feels a better deal.