When a friend asked on social media where was a good place to go in Chester for a special meal the answer was unanimous – Upstairs at the Grill.
Me and my friend Lois decided to try it out for ourselves and see what all the hype was about, it wasn’t a special occasion as such, but it was payday.
To me Upstairs at the Grill has always been the fancy place to go, and if I’m honest I always imagined I’d need to sell a body part on the black market to afford it but I was wrong.
The food is great, and reasonable. At the end of the day you have to pay for quality and I have to say the quality is top notch, as is the service.
We booked for a Friday night and managed to get ourselves a table in the bar upstairs.
That’s one thing that confused me – at Upstairs at the Grill the restaurant is actually downstairs, but anyway, booking well in advance is recommended.
After a swift cocktail in its sister venue Bar Lounge across the road (very handy by the way), we headed over for 8.30pm.
The hostess who greeted us was lovely, took our coats and showed us on up the stairs to our table.
I jumped in their first and grabbed the comfy bench side of the table, with Lois on the chair.
Our waiter came over almost straight away and took our drink order – a sauvignon blanc (£5.25 per glass) for me and a merlot (£5) for Lois, both Chilean.
I knew before I got there what I was having – a 16oz porterhouse, part sirloin, part fillet (£25.95) – which according to the menu has “good flavour from being cooked on the bone”.
Lois on the other hand wasn’t too sure. Unlike me who likes my steak almost moo-ing still, she prefers something a little more well done, and it’s my belief there’s certain steaks you really shouldn’t do that too.
After a chat with the waiter, she went with his recommendation of the USDA ‘Grain Fed’ Rib Eye (£25.95).
We opted to give starters a miss (mainly due to the 16oz of meat I was about to take on) and just went with sides.
Both steaks came with a mushroom and tomato, neither of which I like, so I asked if I could have some fried onions instead which was no trouble and we ordered a chips, peppercorn sauce and onion rings to share as well.
While we were waiting we were given a roll of sage bread to share with some marrow bone infused butter.
It was warm and fresh and I wolfed mine down without even looking at the butter. It was that good we needed one each!Shortly after the meals arrived and we were asked to cut into our steaks to check them.
That would have been fine had we been able to see...
I’m all for ambience but I really have a thing about eating in the dark, I like to be able to see my food.
Thankfully, there was a candle on the table so with a combination of that, my phone, and just eating a bit of steak I managed to check and yes, it was cooked to perfection.
The sauce was stunning too and the onions I’d asked for, well I got an entire bowl full which was fine by me.
Despite the size of both steaks, we polished them off pretty quickly, along with the chips and onion rings. It was just the right amount as well for us so the decision to share sides was a good one.
We asked for the bill which arrived quickly, and the waiter was straight over with the card machine.
Our evening ended with a trip to the ladies downstairs of which there’s only one so we had to wait. I must say, as far as toilets go, it was pretty snazzy, although extra chair in the cubicle did confuse a little...
Anyway, overall a really good night and fantastic meal and we will definitely be back.
Scores on the doors:
Quality of food: 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Food brag rating (how good it looks): 4/5Food hygiene rating: 5/5
Total score: 42/50
What does TripAdvisor say? Average socre is 4.5 out of 5 based on 1,518 reviews. “Best steak in Chester, fantastic intimate steakhouse and bar and amazing meal for graduation day”
Where is it? 70 Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LA
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