Good morning, friends! How’s this Friday treating you? St. Louis friends – isn’t this weather absolutely amazing? I wish it would be this nice all winter. Is that too much to ask for?
Kelly English Steakhouse is the newest steakhouse at Harrah’s Casino in Maryland Heights.
Now, I don’t eat a ton of steak, but I do appreciate a good hunk of meat every once in a while. Remember my review of the amazing Jeff Ruby’s? Gosh. I’m still bummed that it’s gone. At least I’ll always have pictures to remind me of better times…right?
So when I was invited to Kelly English to try out their menu, I had high expectations. The interior of the steakhouse was gorgeous.
I forgot I was inside a casino! I loved the dim lighting and the amazing décor that lined the walls. Breathtaking!
I, along with the other bloggers/print media/tv media folks, were seated and a menu was brought out. We were told to order ‘whatever we wanted’. Oh my!
I settled on the Surf and Turf for my entrée. But more on that later. Before we could speak a single word, a ton of starters were brought out! First up? The Lobster Knuckle Sandwich:
Doesn’t this look just beautiful? It was served with tarragon and tomatoes on a crusty slice of brioche. I adored this, even though it was really hard to eat. I couldn’t take a bite without all of the toppings falling off!
Next up? A Fried Oyster and Blue Cheese Salad.
This one is pretty self-explanatory: A pile of fried oysters served alongside a blue cheese salad. I enjoyed the salad portion, but the fried oysters were a little too salty for me.
We also had a Carpaccio with avocado, cilantro, and lime:
Honestly? I wasn’t a fan of this. The carpaccio was too tough for me; it wasn’t tender and buttery like I was expecting (and hoping!)
Next up? Potato skins with crème fraiche, tuna tartare, caviar, and lemongrass.
These made up for the failed carpaccio! These tasty potato skins may have been my favorite. The potato skins were perfectly crispy, and I loved the flavor combination of the crème fraiche, tuna tartare, and caviar. Delicious. I was sad I had to share!
Finally, the final starter was brought out: Gulf Shrimp Remoulade. This was served on a slice of brioche with a poached egg.
Look at how pretty it is! It may have been my favorite presentation of the night. The poached egg on top was so cute! I loved the spicy flavor of the shrimp paired with the lightness of the poached egg. Unfortunately, due to the brioche, this was another dish that was difficult to eat.
Now that the starters were out of the way, it was time to place our orders for our entrée. Like I said before, I went with the Surf and Turf. This dish was highly recommended by Chef Kelly English himself, so I had to go with it. The dish came with a salad, so I ordered the grilled caesar:
This was like no other caesar salad I’ve ever tried! The presentation was super cool. They grilled the romaine lettuce, and topped it with anchovy and parmesan. That, along with the accompanying brioche “crouton” made for a fun dining experience. I only had a few bites, because I was saving room for this:
My long-awaited Surf and Turf! This dish, aside from being recommended by Kelly English, was also featured on the Food Network show “Best Thing I Ever Ate”. It was described as New York Strip stuffed with fried oysters and blue cheese over bacon and potato hash, with bordelaise and hollandaise sauce. Decadent, right? I ordered my steak cooked medium rare. I had high hopes for this dish.
And honestly? The flavors were perfect. Every single aspect of the dish, flavor-wise, was right on point. My one complaint?
My steak wasn’t cooked correctly. My medium-rare steak was medium-well; almost well-done.
Sigh. A steakhouse that can’t cook their steaks properly? A big no-no. I wanted to love this dish. I really wanted to love this dish. And had my steak been cooked properly, this would have been amazing. But there’s a reason why you should never order your steak well-done: it becomes incredibly tough and dry. And it made me so sad to chew on this dry and rubbery steak. Sure, the hollandaise sauce helped a bit. But there’s little that can be done for an improperly cooked steak.
I had a few bites of my steak, and then the dessert menu was brought to the table:
That cheered me up a bit.
I ordered the bread pudding:
It was served in an adorable ramekin, and was topped with caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, and candied pecans.
The bread pudding itself was soft, warm, and texture-wise, pretty darn perfect. But the ice cream and/or caramel sauce ruined it. They were so bitter! I couldn’t enjoy this dessert at all.
Service at Kelly English was spectacular, even though I attribute much of it to being a part of the media. And for the most part, the food was good. The starters certainly blew me away!
But due to the steak snafu, I don’t think I can recommend Kelly English. A steakhouse that can’t cook their steaks to order? That’s a huge fail in my book.
Sorry, Kelly English. I really wanted to love you. But some things are just unforgivable.
See you next week with another review!