When the perfect medium-cooked steak calls out to our hungry bellies, here, in the FACT office, there are only three words that are shouted out loud and all at once – The Meat Co! Off we went to experience what has become one of the best steakhouses in Bahrain…

Has The Meat Co. still got it? By ‘it’ we mean the excellent service and the incredible food that it’s renowned for. It had been a while since we dined out at The Meat Co. but we’ve never stopped hearing all the rave reviews and positive comments from friends and colleagues, about their great experiences. Even the FACT team in Abu Dhabi has given The Meat Co. a huge thumbs up after dining at one of the UAE outlets.

The Bahrain venue is located in the bustling Block 338 area; a place that is already packed with many great restaurants. To our pleasant surprise, The Meat Co. had a steady crowd of diners when we visited on a Monday evening. Downstairs, the venue is dim-lit with large tables and comfy chairs, booths for those who may want a more intimate dining experience, an openkitchen- style set up (so you can see all that juicy meat being cooked!) and, of course, an impressive wine wall. Upstairs there’s a trendy bar area and more seating options – ideal for those who want to start off with a casual drink before taking their seats for a leisurely meal.

“Service was friendly, fast and attentive… The Meat Co. has quality food, knowledgeable staff, and a contemporary yet cosy venue that will deliver on all fronts, every time.”

On our previous visits we’ve always skipped starters and gone straight to the steak. But, today, two appetisers caught our eye. We went for the Red Chilli Prawns and the Scallops. The hardest part of both was having to share them because each dish was SO good! The succulent prawns had a tasty ginger-lemongrass punch and the scallops sat on a bed of mouthwatering truffle risotto with asparagus and mushroom. They were also the thickest scallops we’ve ever had  the pleasure of eating, infused with a Cajun kick – wow!

If you’re familiar with The Meat Co. you’ll know that for the mains you order your protein, of which there is an extensive selection, and then your choice of starch. Our choices were a perfectly medium cooked and delectably tender 300g Gold Long-Fed Australian Angus Beef Fillet and an amazingly tasty 700g T-bone (USA), flame-grilled to our desired preference. Those who don’t particularly favour meat, but don’t want to miss out on a fantastic evening out, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of good seafood options. We ordered the grilled salmon which comes with sautéed vegetables – an absolute must if you’re in the mood for something different.

For sides it had to be the deliciously smooth and buttery mashed potato, the creamy spinach, the steak cut chips, sautéed mushrooms and side salad. For sauces, we’d highly recommend the Béarnaise to go with  your steak – just exquisite.

Dessert was another crowd pleaser at our table, and we soon realised that even though The Meat Co. is famous for its steaks, there’s a lot more on the menu that it does, really well. Try the taste bud-satisfying Malva pudding with caramel sauce, or if you can’t make up your mind, go for the trio of five scrumptious sweet treats to sample a little bit of everything – you won’t be disappointed!

The Meat Co. once again, proved that it’s consistently good. Service was friendly, fast and attentive. Price wise, it’s not the cheapest in town, but by no means is it the most expensive. The Meat Co. has quality food, knowledgeable staff, and a contemporary yet cosy venue that will deliver on all fronts, every time. Believe us, it’s worth every last dinar you’ll spend. ✤

GO: Visit The Meat Co. in Block 338. Open Sat to Tue, 12.30pm to 11.30pm; and Wed to Fri from 12.30pm to midnight. Call 1774 2080 for more information .