I wined and dined with Marco Pierre White last week – something I never thought I’d ever be typing!
I attended the Wine & Dine with Marco evening at Marco’s New York Italian in Brentwood, where we were treated to a delicious 3-course meal, drinks and to meet the main man himself!
The evening began with Sicilian salted almonds and green olives to nibble on, and a glass of Prosecco with Jade Warden, my date for the evening.
After a little peruse of the menu, we finally decided on which starters to order. Jade ordered the calamari fritto misto with a tomato salsa mayo and I ordered the crispy buffalo wings served with blue cheese dip and fresh celery.
The service is just the right amount of attentive here, you don’t feel rushed or pressured at all which is nice. We decided to wait and order our dessert once we had eaten the previous two courses – to see how much room we had left!
The buffalo wings were juicy and tender, with a spicy sauce that was cooled down nicely with the blue cheese dip. Jade’s calamari was nicely cooked; the squid wasn’t chewy at all and the crunchy batter gave a pleasant texture to the dish.
Once we’d finished our starters, we were invited up to meet the man himself; Marco Pierre White. We were both nervous but he soon calmed our nerves – he asked how we were, what food we were enjoying and how far we’d travelled for the event. Marco signed a recipe book for each of us, and then we were invited for a couple of photos which was fun!
Seated back at our table, we both ordered our mains; Jade ordered the hickory smoked baby back ribs and I ordered the wild mushroom and Zarpellon cheese cannelloni. I enjoyed my mushroom cannelloni, which was served in a thick cheesy sauce main with a chunk of rosemary and sea salt bread on the side to dip in. Jade had the most tender baby ribs smothered in BBQ sauce and served on a bed of sweet potato fries. The portions are really generous here, and the presentation on the wooden boards is a lovely touch, too.
The wait between each course was just right, so we had some time to chat and peruse the dessert menu to see what we would have to finish off the meal. I fancied something fairly light, so opted for the American cheesecake with fresh blueberries, which had a lovely crunchy biscuit base and a sweet creamy topping. Jade ordered the hot chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce and milk ice cream. I nabbed a spoonful of this and it was so rich and chocolately – a great way to finish off a lovely meal.
I’m a fan of Marco Pierre White’s restaurants; the branch in Folkestone is lovely and I’ve also visited the Marco Pierre White London Steakhouse Co for impressive cocktails, rump steak and big chunky onion rings.
Marco’s New York Italian Brentwood
The 3 photographs above were taken by Ben Wilson Photography.
Marco Pierre White has certainly brought the New York concept to Brentwood! The restaurant is nestled within the Holiday Inn – just off the A12 – so it’s super easy to get to.
The restaurant decor is effortlessly chic, with plush green furniture, contemporary tiles, gold speckled crockery and an impressively light and airy indoor bar. It’s the perfect destination to enjoy drinks with friends, and try out the mouth-watering dishes on offer including steaks, pizzas and pastas.
It’s a great little restaurant and one I would certainly recommend visiting if you are in Essex.
Have you been to a Marco Pierre White restaurant before?