There’s nothing better than London in the sunshine and if you really want to soak up the atmosphere, then the location of Marco Pierre White’s latest opening – Mr White’s is the perfect place!
Smack bang in the middle of the city’s Leicester Square, Mr White’s offers steaks, pizzas, pastas and boasts an awesome gin house which is just perfect for summer – they even serve their very own Mr White’s London Dry Gin!
With a terrace outside, be sure to nab a table in the sun while enjoying a thirst quenching G&T with mixers from Franklin & Sons – we’d recommend the super refreshing pink grapefruit, or from the cocktail list, the Seville Sour is a delightfully balanced combo of Maker’s Mark, Pamplemousse liqueur, lemon, egg white, orange marmalade, sage and peach bitters, with a more-ish frothy top. Be sure to order two as one won’t last long!
While it’s nice to take in the vibes of the square, you might want to retreat inside for your food, and you absolutely should take a peek at the interiors which are super stylish and glam.
With classy brown leather and olive green banquettes and booths, the restaurants boasts super high ceilings, with hanging plants from the mezzanine – it’s a truly stunning space in which to enjoy some classic Italian food! Upstairs, the whole floor is available for corporate booking and events.
We started with crispy arancini packed to the hilt with porcini and accompanied by a punchy pesto mayo. The tomato garlic bread with garlic butter is well worth an order – a luscious fresh and juicy tomato topping with smoky charcoal flavours locked into the doughy base.
There are so many main dishes on offer, including Mr White’s signature steaks, that you’ll be spoiled for choice – many are cooked with rich, luxurious vintage balsamico. While the steaks all looked incredibly tempting, I couldn’t ward off the cravings for a big bowl of macaroni cheese. With a choice of plain cheese, funghi or alla Bolognese, I decided on the ragu – after all, what could be better than mountains of cheese and bolognese sauce together?! The dish didn’t disappoint – a hearty portion with a tonne of parmesan and a rich glossy sauce – clearly something the kitchen knows how to do well.
My friend did decide to go for the steak – beautifully cooked and saliva-inducing when you so much as look at it. Chunky chips with that unmistakable crunch encasing soft fluffy potato, and buttered leaf spinach were the finishing touches.
Too full to go for dessert, we skipped this and devoured more pisco sours, after finishing a cheeky bottle of Eleve French Pinot Noir. It’s worth mentioning that the drinks menu and wine list is extensive, so you’re bound to find something that compliments your meal, whatever you’re eating.
Mr White’s offers an afternoon tea menu as well as a special set lunch menu and pre and post theatre menus too. We saw on their Instagram that there’s also live music on weeknights – what a great spot to enjoy it in.
A great addition to Marco Pierre White’s range of restaurants, you can book your table here.