Zelman Meats 6.9/10
VALUE FOR MONEY: 6/10
VENUE & ATMOSPHERE: 6.9/10
NOTE: Selected meats from the menu were halal and clearly labelled. Alcohol is served here.
Considering I never tasted beef until 4 or so years ago, I must say, I now consider myself to be quite the steak connoisseur, to the point where I become quite unintentionally snobbish if the steak is not cooked to my taste. It is for this reason, that I have surprised myself at how long I have managed to go without visiting Zelman Meats, Knightsbridge. After hearing everyone rant and rave about the food, I had to try it for myself.
The only person I could think would ever enter this level of bougie with me would be one of my best friends, pakora. She has a reputation for loving the finer things in life, and so I knew she would be the only person I know willing to splash the cash on an expensive ladies lunch on a Tuesday afternoon.
Situated on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, Zelman meats is a nice little joint, with American ranch-esque decor, and a fridge full of a selection of raw steaks. When looking at the menu, we immediately saw which items were halal as these were clearly marked up. In the end, we decided to go for the 2 most reasonable steak cuts: fillet (£12 per 100g) and Picanha (£7 per 100g) and truffle chips with garlic mayo and siracha mayo sauce. Pakora likes her steak cremated to a well done, and so the waitress kindly obliged to half of each cut of steak to well done, and the other to medium rare, which meant we could get a taste of each.
The food arrived sharpish and we had a taste of both pre-sliced steaks. I was a big fan of the fillet. It was a lot more juicy and had a brilliantly peppery crust. The Picanha was still tasty and tender, but lacked the crust of the fillet. Both sauces were the most perfect accompaniment, although I definitely preferred the siracha mayo sauce as it was incredibly tangy and sweet at the same time! The truffle chips were also mind blowingly tasty, and one portion was enough to share between the two of us. I also ordered the virgin mojito with my meal. This was very refreshing, although I’m not sure it was worth the price tag of around 6£.
Overall, the service was very good. The waitress was incredibly accommodating and courteous, and continuously checked to see if we were happy or needed anything. The food was tasty, although very expensive for lunch (over £60) therefore I think it should be reserved for a special occasion. I also would say the presentation of the food was a little simple considering the hefty price tag, although this is no reflection on the taste or quality of the food. This is probably one of the better steaks I have had, although I do think you would be equally satisfied with a larger steak from Cristina’s with a similar price tag. It’s worth bearing in mind that you are paying for the location and service more than the food.