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Mad about meat? Here’s the low-down on the five finest cuts in the capital. Carnivores will be in seventh heaven. Vegetarians? Not so much…



1 Barbecoa

Barbecoa - a collaboration between Essex boy turned national treasure, Jamie Oliver, and celebrated American chef, Adam Perry - represents barbecue heaven. The restaurants’ in-house butchers handpick and prepare the meat in Britain, then the chefs cook beautiful modern dishes using Texas pit smokers, tandoors, fire pits, Robata grills and wood-fired ovens. Factor in well executed cocktails and stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral – aka one of London’s most loved landmarks – and you’ve got a restaurant with a licence to grill.
20 New Change Passage City of London GEC4M 9AG

2 Gaucho

Meat munchers will appreciate the menu at the Piccadilly outpost of this Israeli-owned restaurant chain. The kitchen doesn’t put a foot wrong with its mouth-wateringly meaty dishes, which the gorgeous, glossy staff will patiently talk you through. Confirmed carnivores should choose the ribeye while supermodel types and calorie counters would do well to stick to the less fatty fillet. The carefully prepared food is complimented by a masterful list of wines, friendly service and a fabulous décor – think black walls, sparkly chandeliers and chairs covered in genuine piebald cowhide.

3 JW Steakhouse

JW Steakhouse is an intimate, upscale American steakhouse situated in the salubrious surroundings of the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. The menu revolves around dry-aged, USDA Prime (the highest category from the United States Department of Agriculture), corn-fed steaks, the biggest or burgers and bacon wrapped meatloaf. It’s all undeniably great, making JW Steakhouse the place to head when you want to hit the meat. Steak aside, save some room for dessert – the cheesecake is easily the best this side of the Atlantic.
86 Park Lane W1K 7TL

4 Maze

Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill remains a Mayfair must. The stylish (David Rockwell is behind the décor) Michelin starred restaurant has, in Haute Living’s humble opinion, raised the steaks. This is the celebrity chef’s take on a New York steakhouse: Aberdeen Angus, Dedham Vale, USDA Prime and Wagyu 9th-Grade steaks are all served on huge wooden boards. Good tasting extras include coleslaw, chunky chips chipotle sauce and French fries. Going in a group? Book the Butcher's Block table: made from a single piece of solid English oak, it allows 12 lucky diners to look out over the action and theatre of the maze grill kitchen.
10-13 Grosvenor Square W1K 6JP

5 Shaka Zulu

Set over two floors in The Stables Market, the South African themed Shaka Zulu is an open planned Vegas-style venue encompassing a restaurant, bar and club area under one roof. But while you can head here just to drink, dance or gawp at the interior (expect to see huge statues of Zulu figures, African carvings, Zebra prints and paintings), you’d be mad to miss out on the meat treats. Grilled meats, cooked over charcoal on the traditional Braai grill and imported South African game are the main attraction here. Wash your meal down with a themed cocktail - Mandela's Guests, a concoction of raspberry vodka, rhubarb jam and lychee puree (£25 for two to share) - gets our vote.
Stables Market Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AB
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