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    Friday, 26 August 2016

    THE MEAT CO, WESTFIELD WHITE CITY

    Sometimes along my little journey as a food blogger, I find a restaurant and I just get SO excited to tell people about it.

    You'll have to forgive me though, it's been a while since I found a great steak place... and this one I found in the most unlikely of places: Westfield shopping centre.
    Just outside the main shops, there's a row of restaurants where you can grab something to eat

    It's got all the old favourites like the Real Greek and Wahaca but if you keep walking straight down towards Shepherd's Bush train station, you'll find The Meat Co.
    It's a South African steak house with a real fine-dining feel. I've been told it's popular in the Middle East and as soon as you walk in, you can totally see why.

    There's an understated elegance about the place, with an open plan dining room providing views right into the busy kitchen and the most incredible wall made completely from bottles of South African wine. It's luxurious but without being pretentious or stuffy. 
    And the food? Oh let me tell you about the food.

    The menu is heavy on the meat of course (what else were you expecting) with steaks the main attraction. There's also hanging skewers, huge burgers and the most impressive racks of ribs but first, there's bowls of green and black olives to ease you in to the carnivorous menu....  
    Oh and little more meat. Chewy, salty biltong (a South African delicacy). Just try not to fill up as you'll want to save some room!
    In terms of drinks, The Meat Co. offers an impressive list of wines from the vineyards of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch but I can personally vouch for the cocktails - the Pornstar martinis are incredible!
    In the interest of tasting as much of the menu as possible, I'd recommend going with the sharing platter (£32.50) which gives you a taster of four starters including the sticky BBQ chicken wings...
    Braised rib meat cigars which are easily my favourite. Crispy pastry packed tightly with shredded meat in a tangy, gravy like sauce. 
    The bruschetta, again very tasty, and heaped generously with tomatoes, pesto, red onion and Parmesan....
    and calamari. This was a little overcooked for me - I prefer a nice crisp batter but as this was just lightly coated it felt almost a little rubbery.
    For the main course, there's lots on offer but as South Africa is so well known for its exceptional steaks, there was only choice for our main courses..

    The British steaks are dry aged for up to 30 days to ensure the meat is tender. They're not cheap, in fact the steaks are some of the most expensive I've ever ordered but they are incredible. The 300g fillet comes in at £39 while the same weight rib-eye is £34...
    If you're feeling flush then definitely go with the T-bone, it weighs a whopping 750g and cost an eye-watering £55 but was juicy, tender and cooked to perfection. 

    Each steak comes cooked in a sticky house marinade, although you can ask for without, and a portion of chunky chips.
    There's a whole host of sides on offer to though. We went all out and a whole selection including some delicious creamed spinach (£5)...
    Crispy fried onions (£2.75)...
    brocollini with chilli flakes (£5) the most incredible mushrooms absolutely swimming in garlic! (£5)
    If you've got room for pudding, there's another sharing dish on offer which I'd definitely recommend. Three of us shared the Chef's tasting platter (£15) which was more than enough and gave a little taste of the whole menu. 

    Among my favourites were the summer berry tiramisu and warm chocolate fondant but nothing came close to the Malva pudding: It's like the South African answer to Sticky Toffee pudding. 
    Overall we had a brilliant time at The Meat Co. The quality of the food, wine and decor was exceptional as was the level of service provided by the friendly, knowledgeable and informative waiters.

    With it being just steps away from Shepherds Bush station, it's definitely worth visiting of an evening and popping in to the pub down the road to really make a night of it...

    The Meat Co 
    Westfield London Shopping Centre, 
    Ariel Way London, W12 7GA

    * We dined as guests of Meat Co. 
    All opinions are my own

     The Meat Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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