Meat & Co is one of those places where there isn’t a vegetarian in sight, but no one here cared for what little of the meal portions were actually grown from the earth. In fact I was most happy with my main course just consisting of a lovely, delicious, mouth watering medium rare steak.
The decor is something what I would expect from a secret society of butchers who want only the best cuts of meats for their meal, Lovely wood panels on the walls, PVC strip curtain doors to add to the effort that the food your tasting is super fresh right from the animal as it moo’s.
Meat and co is situated just a few steps from Spinola Bay towards St Julians. It is a few steps up the hill and has a full glass window wall and door to get in. I found myself spending an embarrassing amount of time before I figured out how to get into the building but I was not the only one. Tip: its a sliding door you have to touch a button for it to slide open. There are no handles and no visible way in. I had heard many stories from my Maltese friends that this place was amazing before we came. And as I was walking up the stairs, I found a glass cabinet with the selection of meats they sell made my stomach growl with anticipation. The cooks were partly visible before you get to the seating area, and you can see a beautifully clean kitchen, fresh produce and the smells coming out of there were to die for. The view from there was amazing, especially at night with the lights coming from the across the bay.
They have a large selection of wonderfully crafted and tasty starters. As we were a rather large group, they gave use a selection of each starter for everybody and I have not eaten so much good food in a long, long time right after each other. Each starter was better than the rest. I wish I had thought to bring a camera so I could have taken photos of all of the starters. Beautiful selection, and I think the cheese were the best. The waiter was really friendly and even got the cook to make a specialty not on the menu with artichokes.
Then we were brought our menus. I had to laugh at the start of reading it, as when you got to the different meat cooking temperatures, the description for ‘well done’ was “Go ahead, destroy this beautiful cut of meat”.
At first look the prices seem a bit steep, but when the steak came out, honestly the price is fair. The portions of steak were generous and came with sides of either chips or mashed potatoes. The chef really knew what he was doing and mine was a perfect medium rare, while Jenni’s was a perfect medium well. We enjoyed it so much. Jenni says it’s the best steak she’s ever had. The waiters were really attentive to our group, considering we had roughly 15 people and the wine just had to keep flowing for some! At that point I was glad we were not in charge of the bill and our work was covering it!
They have a nice selection of liquors for after the meal, my particular poison this night was double Baileys with ice. It was perfect! When the restaurant was getting ready to close at 2am, they called cabs for some of the people leaving and allowed some of our party to stay even longer, enjoying the end of their bottles of wine and drinks, while having some beautiful dessert. Where we’re from a restaurant would tell you they were closing, not allow you to stay until you were ready to go. We really appreciated the service and the amazing quality.
Price wise it was very reasonable for the quality of the food served here and the service.
I can not wait to go back and try a new type of meat I know I won’t find anywhere else for quite some time. If you’re visiting the St Julian’s area and you like steak, this is a MUST go to place.