The Meat Co has the perfect location; a day shopping at Westfield can be a tiring business so a beautiful meal is really the only way to end such an activity. This South African top-end eatery was the very first restaurant to open its doors at Westfield and it’s clientele has clearly grown along with West London’s biggest success of recent times; the multi-level, shopping and entertainment centre.
The name is apt for the restaurant that serves one of the best steaks I’ve had this side of the Atlantic. A range of carefully aged pieces of meat which hail from various corners of the planet is served alongside their tempting side-dishes which include crispy onion rings, creamed spinach, hand-cut chips and chilli broccolini to name a few.
My fillet steak was memorable for all the right reasons; it had that melt in your mouth, tender texture that only comes from the best quality and expertly aged cut, which as far as steak is concerned, you cannot skimp on. My partner enjoyed the fillet steak along with the bone marrow, which was absolutely delicious. Again it had that melting texture which indicates a chef with real knowledge on how to prepare and cook this excellent meat. We opted for steak without sauce as in my opinion amazing steak shouldn’t be drowned in rich sauces. A good steak holds the dish on its own and that was certainly the case here.
The dessert was a dish which aimed to wow and it certainly succeeded. We ordered the chefs sharing platter for two and we indulged ourselves in the huge platter of sweets, which were presented before us. An expertly executed chocolate fondant, a South African cake reminiscent of a sticky toffee pudding, a refreshing sorbet and a tiramisu were all included in this giant platter. Along with the bottle of smooth Malbec which accompanied our dinner, we were full to the brim and after several hours working our way through these indulgent dishes and enjoying the delicious wine, we finally scraped ourselves from the cosy, plush leather booth into the cool January air. It is the kind of place that you’d feel comfortable lingering for several hours enjoying the fine food and wine and that’s exactly what we did.
The restaurant is spacious and sophisticated; all deep reds and dark woods, which seems the perfect setting for eating steak and drinking red wine. Hundreds of wine bottles serve as decoration, lined up horizontally along the wall. The service was impeccable; the staff are knowledgeable and friendly, offering advice and recommendations when you need it. The Meat Co ticked all the right meat-shaped boxes for me. Settling into one of the comfortable booths and enjoying the finest food and wine is a wonderful way to end a day of shopping at Westfield.