The Meat Co is a mixture between a fine dining restaurant and steakhouse, which is right up my street. The restaurant group is originally from South Africa, and its first London restaurant can be found at the Southern Terrace end at Westfield’s Shepards Bush.
It is split over 2 massive floors, where the downstairs is a bar, and the upstairs is a spacious dining area, with warm dark tones and striking design, decorated with a massive wall lined with bottles of wine. Dream decor!
It is really comfortable with an upmarket feel and the seating is adequately spaced out and depending on where you sit, you have a view of the open kitchen area and can see the chefs at work, which is so much fun.
I was invited to review and so took my friend Oli with me, as he is the one person who would appreciate a good bottle of wine and some decent steak as a lot of our previous catch ups when we worked together have been over steak.
The menu is really impressive and there is such a good selection of starters, mains and desserts, as well as sharing platters if you feel like trying a little bit of everything. The restaurant also has a separate Halal menu and caters well for vegetarians too.
While we decided what to order, we nibbled on complimentary beef biltong coated with salt and pepper and caught up on each others lives as we hadn’t seen each other for a couple of months.
Upon recommendation from the waiter, we decided to go for the Entree Tasting Platter, which had Braised Rib Meat Cigars & Balsamic Mayo, Salt and Pepper Calamari served with homemade Nam Jim sauce, Chicken Wings with blue cheese dip, and Bruschetta. There were generous portions of each on the platter.
My favourite from this platter was the chicken wings with a blue cheese dip, which were addictive and moreish, followed by the bruschetta, with freshly diced tomato, red onion, creamy feta, Parmesan, basil and pesto with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. The Calamari was tender and crispy and the Meat Cigars were really tasty too, with a nice crunchy exterior and an interior full of flavour.
We hadn’t decided what wine we were going to have and so relied on the waiter to recommend a good one based on our taste preferences and what we were eating, and he recommended a Pinot Noir (2014), which was really nice and very easy to drink.
Unfortunately from a mixture of our indecisiveness and then our starters arriving before we ordered, we started on the wine a little later than we would have liked but we soon made up for this.
For mains, I went for the rib eye steak well done, with a garlic butter and green peppercorn sauce (I couldn’t decide between the two sauces so ordered both), and Oli went for the Fillet steak. I went for 300 grams and Oli went for the 500 grams. They were both served with fries and we also shared creamy spinach and garlic mushrooms on the side.
What is special about the steak at the Meat Co is the meat is from the British isles, dry aged up to 30 days & then wet aged to ensure succulent, tender steaks of the highest quality. They were really delicious and cooked exactly how we both wanted them to be. Well done means well done here and medium rare is exactly that so order exactly how you want it cooked.
It was then time for dessert and Oli went for the “Madiba Charity Malva Pudding,” which is Nelson Mandela’s favourite pudding and similar to a Sticky Toffee Pudding, and having tried a little bit of it I had major dessert choice envy. It was served warm and it wasn’t sickly sweet but that perfect sweetness which leaves you desiring more and more.
My choice of dessert was the Peanut Butter Cheesecake, which was really scrumptious too and presented beautifully. You can never go wrong with Peanut Butter and in a cheesecake form its even better 🙂
The service was really good, and the waiters were attentive and made some really good recommendations on what to eat and drink. If you are a steak lover, or love South African food, this is a fantastic venue for amazing meats and they really do have a fantastic choice.
The prices are on the slightly higher side but you do get exceptional cuts of meat and really fabulous food and the experience is fantastic and enjoyable.
I really liked the venue and the decor and especially the expansive menus, both for food and wine. It would make a fantastic venue for a celebration and I think its amazing that they cater so well for both Halal dietary requirements as well as vegetarians, so if you are in a big group there is something for everyone.
As it is located in Westfield, it is the perfect place to stop for a lovely lunch or an early dinner in between or after a day of shopping. The ambience is really lovely.
I would give it a 8/10.
For more information go to: https://www.themeatco.com/hello-10
I was invited to review and my meal was complimentary. However, all views, photos and opinions are my own.