This swanky steakhouse at the five-star 45 Park Lane hotel comes from Wolfgang Puck, a US celeb chef who found fame with A-list haunt Spago in Beverly Hills, before cementing it with regular stints on US television. This, his first London foray, opened to much fanfare back in 2011.
It's certainly an expensively-decorated room, with a dozen Damien Hirst pieces, acres of pale marble and soundproof floor-to-ceiling glass shielding diners from the Park Lane traffic outside. The food is focused on American steakhouse staples.
That means USDA prime cuts alongside Australian beef from Darling Downs in Queensland and A5 Japanese wagyu Kagoshima beef from Japan. South Devon Angus features, too. Elsewhere the menu offers dishes such as steak tartar, maple-glazed pork belly with Asian spices and grilled jumbo prawns with toasted chilli oil, soy, garlic, ginger, sesame and coriander. Expect a bulbous wine list, too.
|Venue name:||CUT at 45 Park Lane|
45 Park Lane
|Opening hours:||7-10.30am, noon-3pm, 6-11pm Mon-Sat; 7-10.30am, noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £110|
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I really liked this place - the food, is without doubt, exceptional. Seriously good steaks and one of the best burgers in town (I've eaten a few...). Obviously it's expensive (Susan! You're on Park Lane - come'on!) and you can definitely get better value elsewhere but it's definitely worth it. The setting is lovely too (GREAT art) and service well-honed. The only negative I have is that it wasn't exactly buzzing when we went but it was an early midweek dinner - we're getting old.
This was one of the most embarrassing rip offs I have ever experienced in a restaurant. Actually, scrap that. It was definitely the biggest rip off I've ever had. The food was TINY and very little on the menu was less than £20, even the starters. That lovely dish of tuna tartare you can see in the pic up there was £22!!! And it was not sizeable or anywhere near worth the price tag in taste. Furthermore, it wasn't pure tuna in the tartare, it was diluted with avocado. I went because I was taken out by some friends otherwise it's highly unlikely I would have gone near the place myself. Especially as I'm not a red meat lover (a bit ironic to be sat in a steak joint). So I ordered the scallops as a main (£22). I was pretty hunry so I checked with the waitress if it was a good portion or small as scallop dishes are often starters and this was titled as a main. Oh no, she reassured me, it was very filling. This was the same waitress who allowed the guy paying for the meal to order additional chips for the table without a whisker of a mention that the burgers most of the table ordered already came with hearty chip portions - we had alot of chips on the table when everything arrived. When the scallops turned up, the minute size of them was so swamped by the massive plate they came on that I think everyone else was embarrassed by how little I had to eat. The waitress had specifically said the scallops were large, well they were definitely small ones and there was only 4 of them. I'm a petite girl with a small appetite but I had to make the most of the bread basket (the best bit) because the meal was so stingey. I felt ripped off on behalf of the guy paying. I felt ripped off when a diet coke was £5. I felt ripped off when the garden salad from the starters for £12 was a few shreds of carrots and leaves - I actually laughed when it arrived it was so ridiculous. The whole experience disgusted me really. I know there are people who like to eat in expensive and shee-shee places but I'd imagine that even those with spare cash to spend would feel duped. Fair enough this place is not famous for its fish, but even the burgers were just burgers. One of the women who had one said she preferred GBKs to this and at least there she didn't have to pay £19 for the privilege. There was little atmosphere, it was stuffy and for 5 of us the bill came in at £380, sans alcohol and desserts (only coffees and 2 diet cokes) and only 3 starters between us. I'm sure people with the cash will carry on going to a place like this, but if you want an excellent meal for the same amount of money, go somewhere else.