I LOVE meat, so when I was invited to The World’s End Market to experience what has been described as ‘one of the finest steaks on earth’ from world class meat connoisseur José Gordón, I jumped at the opportunity
The World’s End Market is situated on the stylish Kings Road in Chelsea in an iconic Grade 2 listed building that once housed the World’s End Pub. Today, it has been revamped in modern industrial chic style with white metro tiles, copper ceiling lanterns, black and white chequered floors and a rustic bar with reclaimed pallets all coming together harmoniously to create an intimate and inviting space. Interesting bric-a-brac lined the walls, with ceramic pots and jugs, an old wandering can and bundles of dried peppers hanging from the ceiling, all giving diners’ eyes an interesting place to rest when they’re not busy devouring the cuisine.
The José Gordón menu
The World’s End Market’s collaboration with José Gordón has resulted in a variety of delicious beef offerings on the menu including: tender cuts of Carpaccio from the Entrecôte, which is matured for 180 days in high-quality Spanish olive oil; Flank Steak from the Vacio de Buey; and Cured Premium Ox of the Cecina de Buey variety. A high quality and detailed process, the meat is dry-aged individually for at least 90 days to ensure the most succulent and flavoursome finish for a taste, texture and experience like no other.
For starters, we went for the beef carpaccio - thin strips of bright red beef seasoned with large flakes of sea salt, which is a must for any carnivore. We also had the beef tartare, which was superb with a strong garlic flavour - a true classic done well.
As we waited for our order to arrive, we enjoyed watching the barmen furiously shaking cocktails for those gathered round the bar to imbibe. After seeing several glorious cocktails being served, we couldn’t resist the temptation any longer and we sprung for a hibiscus pisco sour – one of their signature cocktails, which not only looked sublime thanks to its shocking pink colour and its dried rose petals and rosemary sprig garnish, but it was hands down one of the best pisco sours I’ve EVER had, and I’ve had a fair few pisco sours in my day!
For the mains we ordered, what else - the Ox Flank Steak aka ‘Vacio De Buey’. The steak arrived with two strips of steak, rather than one slab of meat that you’d typically get with a sirloin or a ribeye, and it had a very rich, buttery flavour. The steak was accompanied by a simple gem lettuce salad with honey mustard dressing and a side of seasonal veg, ensuring that the meat was the star of the show. For guests who aren’t crazy about beef, they also have a great selection of fresh fish that you can choose from.
We loved the laidback vibe and we were especially impressed with the cocktails. It’s definitely a great date place for carnivores looking for a chilled evening!
Situated on the Southern Terrace of Westfield London Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush, The Meat Co. is the perfect place for a delicious feast after shopping to your heart's content.
Set on two levels, the ground-floor bar with its African themed motif, offers a diverse selection of cocktails, with drinks such as the Jungle Bear (Absolut Raspberry, Archers peach schnapps, lemon juice and lemonade) and The Meat Co. Martini (Kalinska vodka, apple and lemon juice, sugar syrup, mint leaves and cucumber), certain to help get you in the spirit of things before you head upstairs for dinner.
The upstairs restaurant by contrast, is much more refined with warm, sophisticated decor and an open, glass-fronted kitchen, perfect for those who wish to watch the skilled chefs prepare their meal.
Owned by Costa Tomazos, one of South Africa’s most successful restaurateurs, Costa’s vision was to create a unique steakhouse dining experience with the best quality meat, sourced from around the globe, perfectly aged and basted in a secret traditional recipe and flame grilled to perfection.
So, what's the food like? It's in the name, really.
The meat truly is exceptional. When you spend nearly £50 on a steak, you expect it to be a damn fine steak, and a damn fine steak it was. The fillet of English beef (leaner than the American beef, which is fattier and more flavoursome), was juicy and cooked to perfection - everything you could wish a steak to be.
The sides were also tasty, but let's be honest, it's the meat that's the star of the show. Options include creamed spinach, broccolini, mashed potatoes, garlic mushrooms and fries, to name a few. We also ordered Bearnaise sauce and green peppercorn sauce for the steaks, both of which were good.
Other star dishes on the menu included a very tasty warm garlic and chilli chicken salad with sweet potato, rocket and cashews, which was very moreish and would make a tasty main, even though it features on the starters menu.
After a sumptuous feast, we were nearly bursting at the seams, but with so many fabulous desserts on offer, it would have been rude not to give them a go! Unable to decide, we opted for the Tasting Platter, which had an array of sinfully delicious desserts to choose from, including passionfruit sorbet, timimisu, chocolate fondant, syrup sponge and a chocolate sundae. The platter was enormous and is more suited to 4 people sharing.
As you can see, dessert was pretty epic. My personal favourite was the ice cream sundae - simple but delicious.
Overall, the service was fast, friendly and efficient, and the food was spot on. Two thumbs (and one dress size) up.
For more information, or to make a booking, visit www.themeatco.com.
Price for 2: Expect to spend upwards of £150, for a starter, main, sides and a dessert.
The Meat Co.
Westfield London Shopping Centre
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