The Meat Co is described in the industry as a vibrant steakhouse. That sounded promising! And when I visited on a frosty Wednesday evening, good vibes, great smells and a vast menu definitely warmed my spirits. With South African heritage boasting a strong reputation since 2000, I knew I would be in for a treat.
Always being a bit of a safe option meat eater, knowing what I like and sticking to that, I was intrigued to see what this cavernous restaurant had to offer on it’s extensive menu. I raised an eyebrow that it didn’t just offer meat! Vegetarians, pescitarians and Kosher customers are catered for, and the choice was plentiful, making it a perfect place for a party.
I shied away from going from my usual choice of fish, and persuaded by the very knowledgable waiter and the sight of other diner’s dishes, I settled for a started of chilli prawns and a main of short barbeque ribs. With the juicy prawns deliciously accompanied by a round of rice, and thick cut chips and a side of creamed spinach with the main, it turned out to be a feast fit for a King! Always a little over zealous, I find it’s better to over order incase you aren’t that keen on something, but with my dining companion having very different tastes, I think the combination of adventurous and more habitual, worked in perfect harmony.
And it was with regret, but halo still intact, that we swerved the bread menu- which included chocolate and beetroot and potato and onion. The adventurous choice sounded delicious, but might have pushed even my gluttony to the limit!
Being much more familiar with the cuts of steak on offer, my dinner date ordered scallops and kangaroo (not at the same time to be fair!) with asparagus and potato gratin, which she devoured with ease. Apparently it is quite game-ey with a tougher texture than beef… I was quite sure I made the right choice with my melt in the mouth ribs thanks!
With the interior designed by New York’s Jorge Castillo, the interior takes on a cool NY vibe. The wine wall is definitely a feature and displays nearly 2000 bottles, and the wine list is pretty impressive too.
An open kitchen, halal menu and seperate dining area if requested, along with a contemporary menu of skewers, burgers, salads and seafood along with the prime cuts of meat, make this the perfect pit stop after a hard day’s shopping at Westfield, or it’s big enough for a group, and romantic enough for a first date. Whatever your excuse- go hungry and leave satisfied!
Westfield Shopping Centre
London, W12 7GA
Photographs by Emma Crosby