Meat People offers a fairly different steak experience to the chains such as Gaucho, Goodman and Hawksmoor. My experience of the others was all decadence, leather chairs, dim lights and ornate glasses, whereas the decor here is reassuringly unpretentious and the service more friendly and chipper than efficient and professional. I'm not saying this to criticise either party, just to point out that Meat People was a different and a refreshing experience.
The wine list is very varied and very reasonable, with bottles starting at £17 and going up into the hundreds. The wines all seem to have been independently sourced. I wasn't a huge fan of the Syrah (£25), but that doesn't slight the fact that they have clearly put good effort into compiling their wine list.
Our starters hit the spot perfectly. Our diverse choices of zebra and salt beef sandwich were both well received. The zebra had a very interesting, enjoyable flavour and was perfectly cooked, while the salt beef sandwich, served open on toasted sourdough with mustard and caramelised onions, was a lesson in self control. It was excellent, but if you took more than a small mouthful, the fresh, fiery mustard would leave your eyes watering, in a good way, like the gastronomic equivalent of S&M.
For our main course, we had the spiral cut ribeye to share, with a side of fries and side of french beans. We considered ordering more sides and we are glad that we didn't. We assumed that "to share" meant two people, but this thing could have fed four. It was a beef behemoth. It was probably more rare than medium rare (as ordered) in places, but it was so delicious that we didn't care. The sauce had some occasional, amazing spikes of garlic that were just incredible. The chips came served in a very large gravy bowl and the serving size was more than generous. The smell of the green beans with garlic and shallots sent your mouth watering instantly. I think the ribeye, plus three sides, would be an ample feast for three people. We just...just... finished ours. Mainly because it was too good to leave. I tried to leave it. Honestly. Somehow the last piece always became "... oh okay. one more piece".
Dessert? No thanks. I could barely move. Very satisfied, very impressed. Gaucho, Hawksmoor and Goodman do steaks very well. Very well indeed. However, Meat People is a great place that is a refreshing change from the chains, and is definitely worth your custom.
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