As you grow up, life becomes extremely busy and the friends who you saw everyday at school become the friends you get to see only a handful of times a year … no matter how much of an effort you make to meet up! Lucky for me I have two amazing friends (Nayema and Muneerah) who, despite only seeing every few months, are friends who make me feel as if I just saw them yesterday. And it gets better… they love food just as much as I do! So when we do finally get to meet up, they’re more than happy to travel all over London with me… be it for a juicy burger, a plate of mouthwatering chicken and waffles or even just an instagrammable hot chocolate! Having loved brunch at The Great Chase just a couple of weeks ago, I suggested we check it out for dinner!
The Great Chase Restaurant is a relatively new, fully halal, alcohol free, modern British restaurant situated in Islington. Having scanned the menu already (as we usually do), we knew just what to order!
BUTTERMILK CHICKEN, PICKLED MELON, SEAWEED, SESAME (£ 7.50)
If you read my brunch post at The Great Chase, you’ll know that I fell in love with their buttermilk fried chicken burger so I was super excited to try this! Once again, the chicken was perfectly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. I did feel that it was a bit bland and could have packed in more flavour, however once paired with the melon it gave it a sweet and tangy flavour which made it 10 times better!
If you gave me a choice between fish and chicken/lamb/beef, I would hands down pick the latter so I wasn’t expecting much from this dish. It did however surprise me and ended up being our favourite dish of the night! The fish was fresh, it had a nice slightly smoky flavour, it was perfectly cooked and tasted absolutely amazing when paired with the sweet pear! Who would have thought?!
GOATS CHEESE BON-BONS (£7.50)
If you’ve never had goats cheese before, it kind of tastes like feta cheese but more tart! I wasn’t the biggest fan of these but if you like stronger cheese then I’m sure you’ll like it. It’s served with sweet pepper jam and coriander to break up the sharpness.
32 DAY DRY AGED ANGUS SIRLOIN STEAK, SHIITAKE, BEEF BUTTER & FRIES (£26)
The dish I was waiting for … 32 day dry aged Angus steak cooked to a juicy pink medium, topped with mouth watering, beef butter! I felt that the steak on its own could have been seasoned slightly better, however once paired with the salty, fatty butter it was delicious and I fell in love with it! It was juicy, tender and succulent… just how a great steak should be!
I thoroughly enjoyed the steak however I should mention that it did have a few fatty bits on the edges that were really hard and chewy. The steak was served with salty fries and their epic house bbq sauce, which was dangerously moreish!
FREE RANGE CHICKEN BREAST, ASPARAGUS, CROQUETTES, SPICY MISO AIOLI (£15)
A chicken breast arrived with crispy croquettes on top of a generous dollop of miso aioli. I didn’t have much of this as I was too busy devouring my steak but the chicken was juicy and the combination of all the flavours in this dish worked really well.