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The Meat Co.


The Meat Co.
Westfield London Shopping Centre,
Ariel Way Shepherds Bush,
London W12 7GA
T: 020 8749 5914

As a steak lover, cast your mind back a mere decade or two back and never could one have imagined that that the standard of London restaurants serving high quality meat dishes – particularly refined, well-sourced, steaks – would be at such an elevated level.

There are a whole gamut of places in our vibrantly foodie-led capital, which endorse this mantra, but where the aptly named The Meat Co, seems to have the edge is that not only is it a well-respected international steak chain, it puts the emphasis on South African origins as does the overall menu. But put aside whatever origins the carnivore-friendly items may have immediately, what you get in terms of both the superiority of the steaks and the flavours, is what you really need to appreciate here. Because it’s damn good!

Start with a pleasantly diverting eggplant and mascarpone tart or even an unmissable warm beef salad, with the latter never skimping on the beef chunks, or even on its moist and succulent sheen aided by greens and a culmination of enticing flavours. Almost needless to mention though, it’s the steaks where the action is and they don’t disappoint at all. “Super-aged meats” signify a list which includes anywhere from a 200g fillet to a rib-eye on the bone at 500g. And then there’s the north American black angus, which the menu proudly announces has been “grain fed for 120 days and wet aged for 35+ days”. What matters though is the taste – yes price too because you better pack your wallet – but he value for money here is spot-on.

There is far more on the menu than just steaks – though retaining that theme you would be urged not to miss the rib meat burger – with chicken, seafood and more making appearances.

Location wise, in the hub of Westfield’s restaurant quarter, one has to cross a myriad of eateries before reaching The Meat Co. The ground floor boasts a large and airy bar area whilst the main dining area upstairs is eye-catchingly designed, with subdued lighting, lots of wood, leather and stone – and not to mention a feature of what appears to be thousands of wine bottles!

Where there is a downside to the restaurant, it’s twofold: desserts had no wow factor at all and the service was indifferent to say the least.