UPDATE: Steak & Honour opened their own restaurant in January 2017. It’s on Wheeler Street, next door to the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Read my post on the new restaurant here.
There’s an exciting new development for Steak & Honour’s ever-increasing fan base. Their pair of Citroen H vans, named Red and White, have been popping up on Cambridge’s street food scene since 2012 and their burgers are now legendary. Owned and run by Michelin trained chefs Leo Riethoff and David Underwood, Steak & Honour have built quite a following, and we can now find them in the kitchen at Novi on Regent Street for a winter residency until the end of January 2016, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30pm to 10pm. [UPDATE: Steak & Honour will be continuing their residency through February and March but on Saturday evenings only, serving 5:30pm to 9pm.] This is a wonderful collaboration as Novi boasts a gorgeous space to enjoy beer, wine, spirits or their famous cocktails paired with Steak & Honour’s menu. A match made in heaven.
The dining experience at Novi is casual and relaxed. You find a seat (reservations recommended if you’re a group), place your order at the kitchen and pay in advance, then your name is called for pick up. You can help yourself to napkins, cutlery and plates, if needed.
Novi’s ambient lighting lends a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy delicious burgers and drinks in the evening, but for a
crap really amateur photographer like me, it was a challenge getting some decent photos to reflect how epic Steak & Honour’s food is. So before we go any further, here are some mouthwatering photos from a real photographer, the talented Michael J Sim:
Drooling yet? If you’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into one of Steak & Honour’s amazing burgers, you’ll know that my photos really won’t do Steak & Honour justice. But hey, it’s all about the taste buds, not the eye… and Steak & Honour consistently deliver burger perfection. Every. Single. Time.
“Leo and David use local produce, sourced from people who care and deliver it with the respect it deserves.” (Official Website)
There is a definite advantage to enjoying Steak & Honour at a great place like Novi. Instead of grabbing street food on the go, Novi offers a more social and relaxed setting. While you’re waiting for your food, you can go to the bar and order craft beer, wine, spirits (such as gin, vodka, rum, whisky), non-alcoholic options (elderflower fizz, mango lemonade, ginger beer) or choose from a selection of Novi’s excellent cocktails.
If you haven’t tried Novi’s cocktails yet, you’re in for a treat. Their cocktail menu includes 15 different cocktails, divided into four categories: Herb (cocktails featuring thyme, rosemary, mint or elderflower), Fruit (blackberry, cherry, cucumber or pear), Spice (cinnamon, star anise, spiced maple, ginger or lemongrass) and Bean (espresso). I’ve tasted several of them since Novi opened and they are spectacular (you can read more about the Novi launch here). Plus, the cocktails are prepared by expert bartenders so you will definitely be impressed.
Paulo and I chose two cocktails from the Herb category: Seventy Seven (Chase elderflower liqueur, Juniper Green organic gin, fresh lemon juice, sparkling wine and a spring of rosemary on the glass) and Vine (Adnams Copper House gin, Chase elderflower liqueur, Sauvignon Blanc and fresh lime juice). Both were refreshing, fragrant (that rosemary!) and not overly sweet or too tart.
Steak & Honour’s menu at Novi offers a bit more than what their vans can carry, namely three more “special” burgers, slaw and a dessert. This is in addition to their regular menu, the Classic with a Riverside beef patty nestled in a soft brioche bun with lettuce, onion, gherkin, French’s mustard and ketchup. Add American cheese to make it a cheeseburger and double up by adding an extra patty to any of the burger choices.
There are two non-meat options, their popular Shroom burger (as featured in Olive magazine) consisting of a flat mushroom paired with American cheese and their brand new Check The Pulse bean burger with beetroot pickle, seaweed mayo and American cheese.
Other “special” burgers include the very filling One For Ella featuring a 180g patty, smoked bacon and their tasty burger sauce as well as the equally massive but very spicy Some Like It Hot with a180g patty, jalapeño, onion and Steak & Honour’s hot sauce. I’ve had both of these at one time or another and they are supremely delicious.
At this visit, Paulo and I had cheeseburgers with slaw. They added hot sauce to Paulo’s slaw to make his extra spicy. For me their regular slaw was spicy enough and went really well with my Vine cocktail. The slaw is made up of white and red cabbage, carrot, onion and sour cream mayo. Big portions too!
Additional Sides include Steak & Honour’s addictive fries as well as their yummy chilli fries topped with Riverside beef, chilli, sour cream and jalapeño.
The menu wouldn’t be complete without a dessert and Steak & Honour certainly deliver. Called ‘Something Sweet’, the name is a true reflection of its flavours: chocolate, maple custard and almond praline. Paulo and I shared one and it was sweet, silky, crunchy and oh so decadent. So glad we didn’t deny ourselves this little treat.
Steak & Honour may stop serving at 10pm Wednesdays to Saturdays but Novi remains open till 1am for more of their fabulous cocktails. There is a gorgeous cocktail bar on the second floor that is open till 3am Wednesday to Saturday evenings so if you wish, you can make a whole evening of it!
In case you’re wondering if Steak & Honour’s winter residency at Novi means there won’t be any of their Citroen H vans out and about Cambridge, fret thee not. Leo, David and team work really hard so you can still find them at foodPark and other pitches. Just follow them on Twitter to see where they will be next!
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