last week i was invited to the launch night of the newly opened coast to coast in leicester's highcross. located in a bustling outdoor food court amongst the likes of yo sushi, wagamamas, cafe rouge, handmade burger co and carluccio's, i was really excited to see what the american bar and grill had to offer. we were greeted with surprise cocktails; a refreshing regular mojito and one with a raspberry twist, whilst we nibbled on olives and mulled over the menu.
to start, i had the boston tiger prawns which were hand battered in samuel adam's beer batter. these came out absolutely piping hot, so when they'd cooled down a bit (not a bad thing really) i enjoyed the succulent prawns and light, crispy batter.
the waiters and waitresses were super attentive from the start and really knowledgeable about the menu. i like to hope these friendly faces will be like this all the time and not just for the vip launch night as it really made the difference :)
since they were so helpful, i deliberately ate my starter slow so i could take everything in before my main came out. the decor was well thought out with hard rock cafe-esque guitars behind class and sleek retro furniture. i sipped on my usual white zinfandel rose whilst my boyfriend enjoyed spicy calamari and a brooklyn lager. in the background, the seriously brilliant motown cover band alison and the earthquakes sung live (think diana ross and the supremes styley with matching silver dresses).
for the mains, we both opted for steak. gotta be done in an american grill, right? i had the casterbridge, a 28 day aged 8oz lean rump cut served with a rocket and sun blushed tomatoes, homemade slaw and a choice of straw fries of sweet potato chips. i went with sweet potato chips and asked for my steak rareee with peppercorn sauce on the side. warning to veggies: many meat related pictures to follow... scroll to the end for dessert :)
mmm this was perfectly cooked to my liking! the waitress brought out a massive shiny steak knife too which i tried about a million times to get a good picture of - so you're just going to have to take my word for it. i was pleasantly surprised with the sweet potato chips as they seem a little more naughty in the shape of french fries and will definitely have to try making these myself.
my boyfriend went for the 14oz bone in rib eye steak, cooked medium. you can get a better picture of the slaw here too! i didn't actually get to try this... so i'll assume it was pretty good.
pretty pleased with the steaks, we just shared a pudding. the chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream as recommended by the waitress. it was pretty yum and i loved the crunchy texture of the ice cream but whoah neither of us could finish it to be honest.
all in all we had a fantastic evening with tasty food and a lively atmosphere. i really hope it stays that way and am definitely planning on returning to try one of their sizzling fajita plates and bbq pulled pork. keep it up c2c!
note: i was invited for a complimentary meal at coast to coast but all views are my honest opinion.