Eight Club is a private member’s club located in two central areas of London; Moorgate & Bank. I was lucky enough to dine at Quartier Restaurant, in Moorgate, as part of a work event.
The dining room was decorated with modern features, surrounded by intriguing paintings.
We were served an exciting set menu that had a modern European twist.
I was surprised firstly with an amuse bouche, which I can vaguely remember was a fried, butternut squash ball (although I could have mis-heard). Nevertheless, the inside was moist and flavourful, whilst the sauce accompaniment, had a subtle creamy taste. I managed to sneakily have a second.
I’m a huge fan of scallops and opted for the seared scallop and calamari as my starter. One of the scallops was bordering on being overcooked whilst the rest had a nice colour to them. The cauliflower puree had a subtle earthyness that matched the scallops and calamari, without being too intense for the dish. The added chorizo gave the rest of the dish balance, with a subtly smoky and meaty flavour that without, would have been lacking.
Altogether, the flavours worked harmoniously together and it was a delightful dish.
I ordered the 9oz steak for my main course, which I requested to be cooked medium/rare. The steak blew me away. The beef was incredibly tender, moist and full of flavour and had been cooked perfectly. The menu did state that the dish should have been served alongside béarnaise sauce, however the beef didn’t need any accompaniment; it spoke for itself. The salad also had a few surprises, two tiny onion rings which didn’t add anything to the dish. The chips were seasoned well and had a good crunch with enough fluffy potato in the centre.
After having such a beautiful steak at Hawksmoor, I thought I’d be ruined for the rest of my steak-eating days, however the steak was a pleasant surprise and rivalled my favourite steak restaurant.
Out of all the courses served at Quartier Restaurant, dessert was the let-down. The chocolate brownie was too dense and the ice cream arrived and had already started to melt. It was pleasant, just not memorable.
I haven’t had the pleasure of eating from a cheeseboard in a while (the OH isn’t a huge fan of trying new cheeses…), so when the platter of different British and European cheeses arrived, alongside different crackers, I dove straight in. There was a decent selection of cheeses, with enough to share between 3 people and I certainly had no complaints.
Quartier Restaurant surprised me in more ways than one. The service was friendly and charming and the food consisted of simple flavours which were cooked, seasoned and presented beautifully.
- Quartier Restaurant (Eight Members Club), Moorgate