QH pays a visit to London outpost of global steakhouse, The Meat Co in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush...
No matter the occasion, you will find what you are looking for at London’s Westfield Shopping Centre – whatever your fashion taste, you will not come away disappointed. On this occasion though, my craving was not of the fashion variety, but for steak from the UK’s first outpost of international steakhouse company, The Meat Co.
Upon arrival, Mr. QH and I were ushered by our friendly waiter from the downstairs bar to the dining area upstairs. It is clear from the outset that everything about The Meat Co is unashamedly big – and big is definitely best here! Set over two floors, the interiors are a lively blend of leather, wood and stone; with a 2,000 bottle strong ‘wine wall’ featuring an impressive collection of award-winning wines, which provides a dramatic backdrop for the eating which is about to ensue.
With restaurants in South Africa, Dubai and Abu Dhabi amongst others, the kitchen has taken inspiration from around globe. As we perused the menu, whilst sharing a plate of some of the most delicate, moreish biltong I have ever tasted, we couldn’t help but feel that we were about to embark on a culinary safari.
For starters, I chose the salt and pepper calamari – crispy squid served with a home-made Nam Jim sweet and sour dipping sauce was a winning combination. My dining partner went for the peri-peri prawns. I had been warned about the portion size and sure enough the delicious pan-fried prawns came out with a side of rice; however don’t let this put you off, these are a must-try and prove that it isn’t just the steak that does the talking at The Meat Co.
On to the mains and this is where The Meat Co really lives up to its name. From succulent ribs and burgers to flame-grilled skewers and more exotic specials such as kangaroo fillet and boerewors sausages, there is something for every meat-lover to delight in. However, on this particular visit, there was only one thing on our minds and that was steak – and so our attentive waiter directed us to the super-aged meat section on the menu.
You can choose from prime cuts of British 30-day dry-aged beef, or the North American Black Angus. I went for the uber-decadent fillet topped with foie gras and half a lobster, and served with a garlic butter sauce. Mr. QH prefers his steak on the bone, so went for a supersized 500g rib-eye with a Béarnaise sauce. Seasoned and grilled to perfection, our steaks were beautifully tender, juicy and literally melted in the mouth.
In The Meat Co battle of QH vs. Food, at this point I thought I had been defeated, but with a little help from my friend I was able find some room for the peanut butter cheesecake. If you take away one thing from reading this, remember to make room for the cheesecake – calorie-bursting, silky smooth cheesecake generous with the peanut butter and topped with tart berries, it is everything that you could want from a dessert!
Nothing is done in half measures at The Meat Co and it delivers in terms of excellent service and, most importantly, great flavours; with the amazing quality meat receiving the attention it deserves in the cooking department – this place really gives the likes of Hawksmoor and Goodman a run for their money!
The Meat Co, Westfield, Ariel Way, W12 7GA
Approx. price for two: £150
by Daisy Christie, 15 September 2015