Lunch at Marco & Carl in Leicester


By Sabuhi Usmani

When there is five of you and you can’t decide what to eat, Marco and Carl is the place to be.

The restaurant is situated on Granby Street in Leicester, where we received a friendly welcome by one of the staff members on a fairly quiet Saturday lunchtime.

From steaks to burgers and pizzas, to pasta and fish options, there is something for everyone on the menu.


Garlic Bread with Mozzarella £5.45, Cowboy-Cut Tomahawk (500g) £26.90

After having a good look, we ordered garlic bread to share as a Starter along with a Ginger Mojito drink, which was very refreshing.

For mains, we ordered a Tomahawk Steak to be cooked medium rare, and it was cooked exactly how we asked – beautiful, juicy pieces of melt in the mouth meat.


The 500g steak for £26.90 was good value for money and the highlight of our lunch.

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New Yorker – Mayo, Fried Egg, Chicken Rasher, Salad & Cheese, £8.90

We also ordered a New Yorker burger, that was made up of a beef patty with chicken rasher, fried egg, cheese and salad, along with a side of chips.

The bun was a bit on the dry side, but the beef patty was fine and certainly made from fresh beef. To be honest, we have had more decent burgers in other restaurants.

Then there was a choice of sliders. You could either have all three or any one of your choice. We went for two. A classic beef slider and a pulled beef burger.


Carbonara Linguine £8.90

Although the staff brought out a fried chicken burger instead of the beef, they were quick to identify the mistake and, as a gesture of kindness, gave us the chicken burger on the house along with another slider.

While the sliders were cooked nicely and well balanced in flavours, they were a bit big to be called sliders.

From the pasta section we ordered carbonara linguine, which despite being nicely cooked with chicken, cream sauce and chicken rashers, wasn’t anything to sing praise about.

It was ok to satisfy our craving for pasta, but we won’t be going back to have their pasta again.

All in all, do give Marco and Carl a try, especially if you are into your steaks.

Not one of the best restaurants I have been to, but definitely worth a try, especially as it’s good value for money, with kind and friendly staff.

Marco & Carl
26-28 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE.

T: +44 (0)1162 538 899 | W: | E:

Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 12:00-22:00 | Fri 12:00-23:00 | Sat 11:00-23:00 | Sun 11:00-22:00

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