The Meat Co was originally founded in South Africa in 2000 and made its way over to London back in 2008, where it took up residence at the first ever Westfield London and was also known as The Meat & Wine Co.
Danny and I figured it was about time for an update and decided to take a visit to see what The Meat Co had to offer us eight years later. The steakhouse is spread over two floors, downstairs is a bar area and upstairs the dining area which also hosts private dining rooms. You can’t help but notice the walls lined with wine – glass panelling covering wine bottles upon wine bottles.
We were shown to our table which was nice and roomy and had plenty of space to relax and enjoy what was going to be a meat feast of sorts. The menu is really quite large, so do take your time over it. We went to choose drinks first and this also had lots of exciting cocktails and wine to choose from. As always we went for a glass of white and red. I chose the Sauvignon Blanc and Danny the Estate Malbec. These were both large glasses and when they arrived they definitely were that.
For starters we decided to share a couple and chose the bruschetta and chicken wings. They were both a really good size, the bruschetta was lovely and super filling. It was two pieces of freshly baked bread with diced tomato, onion, feta cheese, parmesan, basil and pesto, all topped with a balsamic glaze. The wings came with a blue cheese sauce, which isn’t my favourite, but for me they didn’t even need it. The wings were BBQ coated and just fell off the bone really easily, cooked very well and tasted really good.
There is a lot of choice for mains, take you pick from steaks to chicken, or if in a large group choose a sharing platter. Danny went for the flame grilled beef hanging skewer, marinated cuts of beef skewered with onions and capsicum and it came with a side portion of chips. Luckily the waiters were on hand to help cut this up!
I had the Wagyu cut of the day which was rib-eye and was £50 for 300g. I thought this was a really reasonable price as I know how expensive Wagyu can be in other restaurants. It was also flame grilled in the basting sauce which is like a BBQ glaze and it tastes amazing. I ordered a side of Bearnaise sauce, but I really didn’t need it at all, the house basting was enough and it was really nice to taste Wagyu like this. It was smooth and very juicy. I also had a side of chips which came with it and we shared some onion rings. These were thinly fried and much nicer than the usual rings you get.
Always room for dessert, we couldn’t decide between the desserts so opted for the chefs dessert sharing plate for two. This is a mixture of their best desserts in smaller form, which was a great way to be able to try them all. We were both really surprised by the clementine crème brûlée, as crème brûlée not being our favourite dessert, but this clementine version was really different and refreshing and we both liked it.
My favourite however was the Madiba Charity Malva Pudding, it was sweet and toffee like and just delicious. Other desserts included on the sharing plate were chocolate brownie, raspberry mousse with blueberry, dark chocolate fondant with white chocolate ice cream plus milk chocolate spoons and strawberries. A great way to try each if you are like us and couldn’t make up your mind.
We also had a round of cocktails, Danny his regular Old Fashioned, I was feeling more adventurous so tried the Jungle Bear – raspberry vodka, Peach Schnapps, fraise syrup and topped with lemon sherbet it was sweet and a great one with dessert.
If you love steak and or most meat for that matter I’d definitely recommend The Meat Co, if not just to try that basting sauce!
For more information and to make a booking visit themeatco.com.
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