Words: Quinten Reid
Step into a world of delectable delights and refined luxury as Mayfair welcomes a captivating addition to its gourmet scene – The Meat & Wine Co. Situated on Curzon Street, this establishment offers an exquisite fine dining experience that seamlessly weaves together South African heritage, contemporary elegance, and a rich tapestry of flavours that resonate far beyond its borders.
Although born from the successes of Australian establishments, The Meat & Wine Co masterfully draws inspiration from the heart of South Africa’s culture – the spirit of togetherness around exquisite food and drink. This remarkable endeavour is a testament to the ever-evolving gastronomic landscape, marrying African influences with contemporary flair to create an exceptional steakhouse experience that captures the hearts of Londoners and visitors alike.
As one steps inside, the ambiance embraces with warmth and sophistication. The interior, carefully composed by Design Partnership, consists of a 3D African wall art installation, hand-woven sisal rope curtains, and bold geometric patterns inspired by the Ndebele people of South Africa. All these elements unite to resemble a ‘Boma’ – a shelter used to house travellers and their herds. The menu, beautifully decorated with colourful images of native women and grayscale wild animals by Above and Beyond Design Agency, adds yet another level of detail. The handmade leather drinks menu continues the sensory connections as African-inspired music and popular modern classics provide an accompanying soundtrack.
At the heart of the menu lies the crown jewel – premium steak. The Meat & Wine Co crafts an array of grass or grain-fed steak dishes from the USA, Finland, and Australia, including fillet, sirloin, and rib-eye accompanied by a choice of African chilli, peppercorn, creamy mushroom, bone marrow butter, or chimichurri sauce. Beyond steak, the diverse menu encompasses elevated seafood, poultry, and vegetarian options, catering to a wide range of palates with its exceptional quality. Calamari and Bruschetta are popular starters, and the rich and savoury Miso Cod makes for tasty steak alternatives.
A journey through The Meat & Wine Co’s wine list is like a voyage around the world, guided by award-winning vintages chosen for their remarkable quality and compatibility with the menu’s offerings. From the robust reds of Italy to the effervescent charm of French Champagne and the crisp whites of South Africa, this meticulously curated wine selection harmoniously complements every dish and occasion.
The Meat & Wine Co is more than just a restaurant; it’s a celebration of shared experiences and flavours. This establishment transcends cultural boundaries, welcoming everyone to partake in its culinary tapestry. African patrons find a piece of their heritage woven into each dish, while those new to these flavours are encouraged to explore a world of taste that is both inviting and innovative.
In a city where diversity is celebrated, The Meat & Wine Co stands as a shining example of cultural fusion. By embracing the spirit of South African gathering, it has succeeded in curating an exceptional dining encounter that bridges cultures, enriches palates, and offers an unforgettable journey.
Whether you seek a sumptuous dinner that transports you to the heart of Africa or a refined after-work indulgence, The Meat & Wine Co is the ultimate destination. With its tantalising menu, thoughtfully designed ambiance, and inclusive ethos, it redefines fine dining in London’s Mayfair and beckons you to partake in a flavourful voyage where African flavours meet global sophistication.