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NYE at M Victoria: The Pleasures of the True Flesh

There is of course a multiplicity of events and places to be this New Year’s Eve but you might consider attending M Victoria this year. Not only are they one of only two licensed outlets for true Wagyu beef in London, but they will also be staging performances by spellbinding contortionist Pixi Le Knot, Princess of Burlesque, Kitty Bang Bang, and fire performer Aurora Galore, all hosted by emcee Benjamin Louche.

A tantalising five-course menu from Executive Chef Michael Reid will complement performances, with the menu including Blackmore Wagyu Beef.

“The cabaret venture at M has been a great success and we are ready to offer a spectacular show for New Year’s Eve. The show will be a gentle assault to the senses, a long and decadent night with rivers of Champagne, fine food from our Executive Chef Michael Reid and the best cabaret and burlesque artists and singers that you can think of,” says Andre Mannini, Operations Director at M.

The party continues until late in the secret Den, where guests can mingle with the artists and celebrate into the early hours of the New Year.

The evening starts at 9pm and tickets are £150 per head, which includes a five-course meal with a glass of Champagne on arrival. Places are limited and can be booked through

SEEN caught up recently with Michael Reid to grill him (pun intended) on the mysteries of Blackmore Wagyu beef…

Michael, are your diners appreciating the difference between the Wagyu beef you serve and beef from mixed bloodlines?

 Absolutely… those foodies who have a love of Wagyu can easily tell the difference. I always say it’s similar to wine, once you have tasted and gained an appreciation for fine wine, it’s hard to have a cheap knock-off… Wagyu is the same!

What’s the cooking process?

 100% full blood requires a softer touch, low and slow in fact, to render down all the beautiful marble, whilst ensuring it stays within the steak.

You are one of only two certified restaurants in the UK to serve Wagyu beef. Tell us about the selection criteria for that…

To be part of the Kobe association you have to obtain a licence, for which you need to be sponsored by someone who has an existing licence. You have to renew your licence every year, as they monitor your sales and menu items ensuring you are only selling certified Kobe and therefore protecting the brand and integrity of their phenomenal product.

Any plans for more branches of M in London?

Yes, we have just opened our 3rd site, M Bar & Grill in Twickenham, which is a slightly smaller more accessible version of our West End and City restaurants. We are looking at opening another 3 Bar & Grills in the next 18 months.

In the unlikely event of you having any time to spare, where do you like to go in London?

One of my favourite restaurants at the moment in London is Murasaki, a Japanese restaurant near where I live in Maida Vale. These guys are doing some outstanding food and is definitely my hidden London gem of 2017.

M Victoria
Zig Zag Building
74 Victoria Street

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