Vegetarian and vegan diets have been in the limelight and nearly every new restaurant that pops up offers a plate of veg or two. However at this restaurant, carnivores come up trumps and meat is trending. So what is it that makes Meat People stand out? I headed to N1 with a plus one to see why Islington’s newest eatery is regarded a big, fat juicy cut above the rest…
Located in a 1920s Grade II-listed building on Essex Road, Meat People has the feel of a retro café, with a tiled ceiling, blue leather booths and warm, low lighting. There’s a distinct prohibition era vibe, but a young waitress was very quick to say hello, let us pick a seat (instant bonus points) and pass us the drinks menu. There’s a great choice of world wines, simple cocktails and whisky, including a ten year Laphroaig.
Argentinian head chef Nicolas Buyo serves up quality cuts which he sources from around the world, namely Spain and South America. Of course we came with the intention of eating a big chunk of meat, but there is the option of Salmon with leeks, pea puree, caramelised onion and pickled mushroom (£15) if you’re pescatarian. If you’re vegetarian, a delicious mushroom risotto with parmesan and truffle oil is on the menu to tempt you.
We skipped starters and headed straight for the main attraction, though if you’re hungry there’s octopus with cherry tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, spring onion and red mayo and the beef carpaccio with green apple, pickled shimeji, pumpkin seeds and horseradish (which we can vouch for being delicious from the noises coming out of our neighbours as they ate away), also on the menu was scallops, pink squid, chorizo, smoked aubergine and empanada - you are truly spoilt for choice with these delicious starter options, all the starters range from £4 to £9.50.
The steak is the star of the show here. It’s priced per 100g, though you need to order a minimum of 200g. To makes things easy we went all out and ordered the Chateaubriand, a 500g hunk of beautiful meat at £58. It really was a thing of beauty and arrived sizzling on a large wooden board. Tender and flavoursome, we cut through it like a hot knife through butter and were actually glad we didn’t order a sauce. Top notch.
Sides are extra; we were drawn to the carbs, opting for hand cut chips and cauliflower gratin. The chips were thick but crispy and the gratin was creamy and flavoursome. Next time I’m definitely going to be making sure i have room for the delicious starters on offer. They also have a popular lunch menu that draws in those working in the area and locals during the week and weekends.
Though we didn’t meet anyone, it’s certainly the place to, filled with young, trendy, like-minded meat-eaters after a good time. We’ll certainly be back! Potentially on a Sunday when you can bring your favourite wine which can be paired with a steak!
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