Located in what used to be a family home along Manyani Road, The Steak Out opened its doors early this year. The chic restaurant boasts of a beautiful garden, a well-lit indoor seating featuring elegant décor with rich wooden floors, private dining rooms and a fully stocked bar upstairs with a spacious balcony overlooking the garden.
The tranquility coupled with soul music from the 80s and 90s allowed us to relax as we waited for our meals. Malindi Mojito cocktails were our choice of drinks for the evening. This is not your ordinary mojito; there’s a secret ingredient (which I will not reveal you just have to go there and try it!) which makes it unique and tastier than any other mojito I have ever tasted.
Our meal consisted of various chef-selected items from their expansive menu. A small placard on the bottom right corner of the menu has images of rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done steaks to help customers understand what each level of doneness looks like. This was the first time I saw a restaurant going an extra mile to help customers understand the different ways steak can be cooked.
To begin with, we had the grilled vegetable salad with balsamic reduction and feta cheese and the bar platter which was an assortment of barbeque chicken wings, pork spare ribs, beef samosas and pepper and pineapple skewers. The chicken wings were meaty, seasoned with a mix of spices and toasted in a hot and tangy sauce. The vegetarian starter was crunchy and the pepper and balsamic complimented the cheese giving it a boost of flavour.
After such finger-licking starters, we were excited and couldn’t wait to get our hands on the steaks. Our main course included grilled red snapper with mushy peas and dill sauce, barbeque marinated chicken, pork belly, ribeye steak and the fillet steak. The pork belly which the menu promises will melt in your mouth did not fall short. Served with crunchy crackling, the slow cooked pork was accompanied by pumpkin and potato gratin, spicy aubergine and star anise sauce. The rib eye steak cooked to a perfect medium doneness was everyone’s favourite. In fact, a member of our table who had previously said he cannot eat any meat which is not cooked till it is well done had a change of heart after having the rib eye steak.
The vegetarian meal was the chef’s curry with butternut, peanut, spinach, coconut, cashew nuts and paneer cheese, served with steamed rice. The curry was thick and creamy but not as spicy as most people would expect an Indian curry to be. The chef’s curry is a must-have for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians trust me it will be worth your while.
Having indulged in a delectable meal, we had little room left for dessert but because we could not betray our love for sweet treats we gave into the temptation. A passion cheesecake, peanut and chocolate mousse, chocolate fondant and grilled mango, banana and coconut sandwich capped off our pleasant experience. The chocolate fondant and mousse were soft, and rich and I relished every spoonful. The fondant especially was crispy on the outside and after a soft touch with a spoon it crumbled releasing warm, gooey chocolate.
The Steak Out restaurant has a cosy intimate ambiance perfect for date night. Their garden comes alive on weekends with activities for children and is a great space for families and large groups. Be on the lookout for happy hour which will be introduced soon. I will certainly be back for more of those Malindi Mojitos and next time I intend to sit at the upstairs patio overlooking the garden.