While The Meat Co. is one of our favourite brands internationally, this was our first experience of the Abu Dhabi venue, located at Souk Qaryat Al Beri. We weren’t disappointed…

ith restaurants in South Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE, The Meat Co. is obviously a successful formula, and Abu Dhabi is no exception.

It’s a fantastic venue in Souk Qaryat al Beri, with a warm and cosy atmosphere, several different dining areas spread across two floors, and a pleasant outdoor terrace with a spectacular view of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque across the creek.

We started our dining experience with the mixed sharing platter, which is a combination of lamb chops, grilled prawns, lamb pastries and lobster tails. The menu says it’s for two, but we split it between three and it was still ample. The hardest part was deciding how to divide up all the different foods, of which there were two each. The lamb pastries and lobster tails were great, but things got really heated as we fought over the delicious lamb chops and prawns.

For the mains, as you’ll already know if you’re a Meat Co. fan, you order your protein, of which there is an extensive selection, and then your choice of starch.

“When it all comes down to it, what we love most about The Meat Company is its consistency. You always know what you’re going to get at one of their venues, which is excellent service with knowledgeable and friendly staff, and superb food”

The protein varies from poultry to choice cuts of beef and even game meats such as venison. Our choices were an amazingly marbled and tender Australian Wagyu fillet, an extremely tasty dry-aged beef sirloin, and the delicious lamb skewer with succulent chunks of marinated Australian lamb.

The potatoes come in the usual varieties – French fries, roast, etc – but again, as any Meat Co. fan knows, only a fool orders anything but their beautifully smooth, buttery mashed potato!

Then, you have options for sauces and sides. The creamy garlic sauce comes highly recommended, although we prefer to pour it over the mashed potato rather than the steak. If it’s a steak sauce you want, the Béarnaise is excellent too. For the sides, we went for the asparagus with hollandaise sauce, and the lovely broccoli with chilli and garlic.

When it all comes down to it, what we love most about The Meat Company is its consistency. You always know what you’re going to get at one of their venues, which is excellent service with knowledgeable and friendly staff, and superb food. Though it is slightly higher on the scale price wise, it is by no means the most expensive steakhouse in Abu Dhabi, and it is well worth the money. Are there better steakhouses out there? For sure, but only at vastly greater prices. And does increase in price reflect an equal increase in the quality of the experience? Not at all. In terms of bang for your buck, the Meat Company will deliver every single time.

GO: Visit The Meat Co. at Souq Qaryat Al Beri, open from 12noon to 12.30am. Call (0)2 558 1713 for reservations and more information.