9 November 2014

It's Time To Meat People


It's easy to assume that if you're sticking to a low carb diet like I am, dining out could be something of a pain in the bottom. It really isn't the case though. I suppose a pasta house or ice-cream shop would cause issues but I've found that the majority of restaurants have had many great options that haven't hindered my efforts or left me hungry. Most of the time it's just a case of ordering the side dishes that aren't potatoes!

Inevitably, some venues offer much more choice than others and Meat People was once such shining example. I've no idea how this lovely little neighbourhood steak restaurant has passed me by since it opened in early 2012; I obviously don't go out in my old regular haunt Angel enough these days! 

It was Thursday night and I was on something of a last minute date night with Alex. An evening of good food, amazing company, a few drinks and karaoke.

Yep, I said karaoke.


We were greeted warmly upon arrival at Meat People and shown to our table. Inside it's quite small, dimly lit and really homely. Stevie Wonder's greatest hits played out in the background. Song inspiration for later perhaps?


The menu really appealed to me. Everything sounded fresh and tempting with a nice combination of classic versus more inspired dishes. I couldn't help but be intrigued by the zebra. Zebra, anyone?

We didn't go stripey horse today though. For Alex, it was the Iberico pork with confit potatoes, bell pepper and garlic that caught his eye. A dish that may not look overly exciting but ended up blowing Alex away with the tenderness of the meat and abundance of flavours


I too went for pig. I ordered a dish I usually watch others order and regret not doing it myself.

The pork belly.


Served with an apple sauce, sweet potato puree and fennel, it was beautifully crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and the fat was ever so flavorsome. I'd forgotten what a delicious dish pork belly was. 

I think the pictures of the Meat People 600g platter - rib eye, onglet and lamb rump - speak for themselves. Making Alex wait thirty seconds while I took the photos was no easy feat!


I had side dishes of mushrooms (which were so tasty that I regretted forgetting to ask how they were cooked) and fried eggs.

Fried eggs as a side dish! I need this in my life much more often!


All rounded off with the smooth blue cheese sauce to make it a most delightful dinner.


I hope Alex won't mind me saying that both the following desserts - the oozing chocolate fondant and the slice of dulce de leche cheesecake - were ordered by him. Well, it was a treat night and sometimes it's hard to make a decision when the dessert menu is so damn tempting! 


As a shunner of sugar, I ordered my favourite post-meal tipple; a cockle-warming Irish coffee. 


An Irish coffee consists of freshly brewed hot coffee, a shot of whiskey and thick cream. Brown sugar is usually added too but I had mine without and it was still wonderfully indulgent.


What an enjoyable meal in a lovely, laid back atmosphere. The service was great, Alex said they made a mean Amaretto sour and we had no complaints at all. Much recommended to you meat lovers out there who fancy a change from the usual big-hitters like Gaucho and Hawksmoor. 

We walked ten minutes up the road to Lucky Voice and spent the next two hours singing our little hearts out like proper rock stars (in silly plastic hats). 


It was an awesome date night with a difference! Who wants to be normal anyway?


I've lost 2.5" off my waist and 3.5" off my hips since starting to eat low carb two months ago. My meals are delicious and so filling! For some food, weight loss and exercise inspiration, follow my Ketocaz page over on Instagram

12 comments:

  1. Your progress has been incredible and you look fab!! The over the knee boot look awesome with that dress.
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Thank you so much!

      I'm getting my monies worth out of those boots, eh? ;)

      xx

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  2. I got very excited when I thought Meat People offered karaoke! I love Lucky Voice, singing your lungs out is such great stress relief, therapists would be out of business if they knew! The food looks awesome, will be checking it out.

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  3. I'm so impressed with your efforts I'm such a carb monster especially at the moment whilst I've had a cold but that said when I do have meals which leave out the carbs I'm more than happy!

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  4. I LOVE a spot of karaoke, I used to go sometimes with a big group of friends on a Friday night after work - there was far too much mic hogging going on though .. going on date night sounds like such a good idea - that way I could spend all night singing whatever I like with Simon watching me and clapping along :)

    X

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  5. I've walked past Meat People but not been in, so thanks for this!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  6. Sounds like you had an awesome night Caroline. I think eggs as a side dish is a fantastic idea. Food looks delicious and looks like you had a good date night. Lovely post!

    Aftab | Fresh And Fearless

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  7. That pork belly looks gorgeous - it's one of my favourites! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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  8. I love your outfit Caroline!!
    The boots with the dress are just killer, honestly. So good!
    I've never been to Meat People, but I've been to Meat Liquor before (same owners or am I mistaken?)

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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    1. Thank you!

      No they're not related as far as I know. You might be thinking of Meatmission x

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  9. I never thought you needed to lose weight before and always envied your figure, but you can honestly see a difference. Your legs look INSANE in that outfit and you seem to be loving the change. I adore unplanned date nights!

    I've never been to Meat People before, but definitely will be putting it on my list and I'd love to try the Zebra! The pork belly looks incredible!

    Also, the blog looks lovely!

    Katie <3

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