The search for the holy grail of steak is ever ongoing for all of those meat loving couples out there and we did our part this week to sample the latest offerings from this exciting new company. TheMeatCo is Westfield at Shepherds Bush in west London has recently opened a new two storey restaurant with a large bar area on the lower level, that wouldn’t feel out of place in Las Vegas. The new opening in Westfield is the group’s first in the United Kingdom, that draws on the brands South African heritage and expertise in the fine steak market. TheMeatCo is a fairly high price point with steaks ranging from £20 – £60, but does not quite reach that exclusively priced level, which is a good thing for such a large venue. Dinner for two will set you back, on average, between £120 – £160. We visited mid-week and there were a good amount of diners in that created ambience filling the space.
We kicked off our food experience with three starters, a bruschetta, roasted vegetable soup of the day and braised rib meat cigars with balsamic mayonnaise. The bruschetta is an elaborate take on the classic but this certainly isn’t a criticism. It’s delicious and the tomato on the crispy bread comes through the light cheese well. The braised rib meat cigars are a full-on version of the Chinese restaurant’s spring rolls. They have good sized chunks of meat within them that give a great texture past the crunchy pastry.
Our main course was a North American Black Angus 300g fillet steak, that has been grain fed for 120 days and wet aged for over 35 days. They have a selection of UK steaks on their menu that are dry aged however, having recently returned from a trip to Texas, we were keen to try TheMeatCo’s offering. We certainly weren’t disappointed. 300g, approximately 10-12oz is a decent size for a steak, not excessive as some restaurants try to be. Cooked medium the mash potato as ever provides a good absorber of all the beautiful juices that run from the steak as you slice through.
In addition this restaurant is not solely about the steak. We sampled the chicken burger that was served with fantastic thick cut fries, something you don’t get in Texas. There is also a salmon tartare, fish of the day, flame grilled chicken, pork ribs and a wide selection of burgers. In fact the menu is very well balanced and if you are attending with guests that aren’t steak lovers, then you certainly don’t need to shy away from TheMeatCo.
Dining upstairs you can’t shy away from the fabulous wine wall. A 10m tall wall that features wines from around the world. Our server was very knowledgeable on selecting a wine and our Pinotage from Man Vinters in South Africa was an excellent full bodied pairing that sat well with the fillet.
For dessert we were again spoilt for choice, with incredibly delicious sounding options such as peanut butter cheesecake and dark chocolate fondant. Eventually, after the mains had settled a little we decided on TheMeatCo chocolate brownie and the clementine brûlée. With a true to form nod to the company’s South African heritage there is a Madiba Charity Malva pudding. For those that can’t decide, there’s a Chef’s tasting platter that puts together all of the best bits. The chocolate brownie arrives on three separate small dishes. One for small cubes of brownie, another for honeycomb and the third a plate with melted chocolate. This is a dish that’s a mix between chocolate brownie and chocolate fondant. The brûlée is delicious also and a very generous portion.
We highly recommend TheMeatCo for an evening out, where you can relax after a shopping spree in Westfield with an Old Fashioned in the bar and then stepping upstairs to the restaurant to enjoy a dining experience that will leave you leaving feeling that you have been very well served.
Unit 1026, Westfield London
+44 0208 749 5914