Posted on Thursday, 13th February 2014
The Meat Co is a steak house situated on the Southern Terrace of Westfield’s Shepherd’s Bush. The ground floor operates as a bar, and upstairs is an enormous dining area decorated in warm dark tones. Established in South Africa in 2000, The Meat Co resonates meat through and through. The headline act is the Connoisseurs’ Choice of cuts, which included chateaubriand, wagyu and kangaroo. There are also super-aged steaks, and for something simpler, meat skewers and burgers are available as well. For non-red meat eaters there are also chicken, seafood and veggie options. Basically there is a little something for everyone.
From the starters we tried the burrata cheese salad (£13.50) which came with a tasty whole piece of burrata and fresh Roma tomatoes, cucumber, rocket, and hazelnuts. A balsamic dressing had been used, but the salad needed more seasoning.
Peri–peri prawns (£10.25) had been pan-fried with shallots and garlic in a peri-peri sauce. The prawns were solid, and the sauce was tasty with a gentle kick from the chillis. On the side was some rice which went a long way in helping to mop up the yummy sauce.
The Meat Co offers an interesting choice of breads such as chocolate and beetroot (£3.25) and potato and onion (£3.25). Both had a lovely crunchy crust and were generously sized. They boasted nice flavours, although both the breads were slightly under baked in their centres.
From the super-aged cuts section of the menu, we both went for North American Black Angus cuts, grain fed for 120 days and wet aged for 35+ days.
The Black Angus rib-eye (400gm – £46) was delicious with oodles of flavour and very tender, having been cooked to the requested medium rare.
We really enjoyed the rib-eye, but less so the Black Angus fillet (300gm – £58). Even though it was very tender, it was a little grainy in texture and pricey for the quality.
You can create your own surf-n-turf from a choice of lobster tails, prawns and scallops. The lobster tail (£20) was delicious and perfectly cooked to stay moist and juicy. A foie gras (£12) topping was also available which proved to be rich and fatty.
Each serving of steak came with some excellent and nicely seasoned fries. A side of creamed spinach (£4.25) was really creamy and delicious, although a blue Cheese and vodka (sauce £2.25) to accompany the steak was a little dull and too thick.
The chef’s tasting dessert platter for two was great value at £12.50. Madiba charity malva pudding is allegedly Nelson Mandela’s favourite pudding and consisted of a spongy cake caramelised with apricot jam and served with vanilla ice-cream. Similar to a sticky toffee pudding, the Madiba pudding was really delicious. The other desserts included a well-made mango sorbet, a respectable crème brûlée and a rich warm dark chocolate fondant which was tasty if a little too runny.
We liked The Meat Co for its all round decent food and cordial service. There’s a chilled-out high-street vibe to The Meat Co which makes it an ideal gathering spot for families. The steaks were a wee bit pricey however, but with such an extensive menu (about ten pages long) there appears to be a little something for everyone. Furthermore, The Meat Co also serves halal cuts of meat. Remember, if you do visit The Meat Co, the Madiba charity malva pudding is a must!
Note: February is Westfield’s ‘We Are Dining’ month! So look out for Westfield’s food booklet which is available to shoppers at Westfield London and Stratford City throughout the month of February. It contains loads of awesome discounts for use in the many Westfield food outlets.
Food rating: 3.5/5
Service rating: 3.5/5
Prices: About £23 to £81 for three courses, excludes drinks and service.