Soulville Steakhouse Review
Mr P loves a good steak so one night we hot-footed it down to one of our local restaurants, Soulville Steakhouse in Chesterfield, for a good slab of red meat. The Chesterfield branch opened after a successful five years for the Nottingham branch. The restaurant’s strapline is “Finger Lickin’ Food – Finger Clickin’ Music” which goes some way to describing the experience that you’re in for.
Soulville Steakhouse is themed all around soul music and so Motown tunes are constantly playing on the 1960s Wurlitzer jukebox which I happen to love – especially if it’s a balmy summer’s evening – and you can even choose your own songs (cue Mr P lining up MJ and the Jackson 5 for the next 10 songs). Each table is named after a well-known soul musician and there are pictures around the table of that musician and a biography to read which is nice – I love learning stuff over dinner! We were on Solomon Burke’s table who I actually hadn’t heard of before (ashamedly).
We love America, and Soulville Steakhouse is a bit like stepping back in time to the USA of the 60s and 70s. Inside it’s all exposed brick and mood lighting. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly. But now on to the food!
Mr P likes his steak well done (or ruined, as I prefer to say) and I like mine rare (how it’s supposed to be) so we’re at complete opposite ends of the scale and it must be quite difficult to get them both ready at the same time (I can’t manage it that well at home). I opted for the fillet steak and Mr P went for the sirloin.
They were both cooked to perfection. We have had many occasions where Mr P has had to return his steak to the kitchen as it has a trace of blood in it but not this time. Mine was just seared on the outside and pretty much blue in the middle which is exactly how I like it.
Also – the portions at Soulville Steakhouse are absolutely huge. If you have a hungry husband that you struggle to fill up at home, this is the place to bring him. I personally think the portions were a little bit too big but you definitely get your money’s worth with a fillet steak (the most expensive steak on the menu) coming in at around £18. I was trying to be good so ordered rice and salad as my sides but the steaks also came with HUGE onion rings so I ended up eating mine and Mr P’s portions of those. Winning.