Having spent all of my Westfield dining experiences East in Stratford, it was time to switch to West. So I did and what a way to be introduced. As you come out of Shepherds Bush and turn left onto the shopping centre concourse, you are greeted by the usual suspects such as Ping Pong, Carluccio’s and Busaba Eathai. I am not saying I have anything against these; in fact the latter two are favourites of mine from the high street chains. However, nothing prepared me for The Meat Co. Sometimes you just want something different, something special and I hereby serve it to you on a silver platter.
The ground floor is delightful, but you must take the staircase up, as it is actually the beginning of the theatre that this dining experience offers. The spiral steps, enveloped with glass cased fine wine bottle displays, set the scene of luxury. The decor reminds me of one of my favourite restaurants in Hong Kong, Wooloo Mooloo, which specialises in meat too. On the ground floor, the long narrow restaurant at The Meat Co is like a subdued catwalk, all rich, sensual and velvety. The rustic colour tones are calming and relaxes you for some serious meat action.
The team behind this restaurant are no strangers to creating epic dining spaces with establishments in Dubai, Greece and Australia. For this bold step into London, there are a few things that warm my heart about this place. Firstly, it’s the service. It borders on fine dining but is just informal enough to make you feel comfortable. Then there is the fact that they have my favourite wine of all time, The Chocolate Block. I was first tempted with this blended red at the Drapers Arm in Islington, then in Franschhoek (its home of creation) in South Africa and now here, with its subtle notes of chocolate, hence the name. It felt like all my Christmases had come early. It was expertly decanted by our lovable waiter and we waited patiently until we could have our first taste. Yum.
The third surprise were the two individual menus, one of which was Halal. This is an idea regularly missed out on the high street and mainstream menus, mostly restricted to certain areas of London, but I salute The Meat Co for carrying on its theme from Dubai and being inclusive.
Now we arrive at my fourth favourite thing, the food. The menu is certainly not fit for staunch vegetarians or vegans, it is all about the meat the way I like it. My now regular dining companion, Pranvera, had the salt and pepper calamari to start, which she said was perfect. I had the peri peri king prawns and whilst this may conjure up images of Nandos, it’s far away from that set up. The marinade was less acidic and it did not have a mass produced taste – sorry Nandos.
For our mains we both had fillet steak. I had mine with half a lobster to create my favourite dish of surf and turf. The waiter suggested a Portuguese side sauce that had a subtle tomato and chilli flavour, not too overpowering for the dish. Pranvera had the fillet steak topped with foie gras and a side of blue cheese sauce. The meat was prepared more on the rare side for us both and literally melted in one’s mouth. Zero veins or chewiness, just tender meat to dip into our sauces. The lobster meat was also great without any skimping on the portion size. As a supporting cast to this award winning food production, we had sides of creamed spinach, chips and garlic mushrooms.
Everything about this dining experience screamed being away on holiday in some exotic city. Having travelled to Hong Kong, Singapore and New York, it did not feel like I was settled in a shopping centre next to a dual carriageway in West London. It felt like a opulent destination district in the centre of a capital. Do not be put off by its location, The Meat Co is the luxury choice for dining at Westfield and more importantly, West London.
The Meat Co
T. 020 8749 5914