When I asked James what lunch he’d fancy for his Birthday lunch, he answered with the speed of a Mastermind contestant, braving the black chair. Zelman Meats Soho.
It had me at beef.
Soho is a shabby cool area full of fantastic eateries. Zelman Meats is tucked down St Annes Court. Dress up or dress casual, just avoid anything tight around the midriff. You’ll want to feast.
Andy and I arrived early. This place has character!
Actually lots of characters!!
In sharp contrast to the dark masculine interior is the bright kitchens, where chefs are busy preparing hunks of meat and flames and smoke begin to lick the grid.
There’s not much of a menu (only a couple of desserts – breath), you are here for the meat and they make no apology for that, nor should they. It’s what they concentrate on and they do it sooo well (you’ll see!).
So you’ll just want to pull up a chair, pick a glass of good wine or a cool cocktail and let your inner carnivore commence.
Andy is watching for hints and tips. This is his kind of place (I wondered if he’d actually like to be in the kitchen with them, luckily for me he wasn’t invited).
The rest of the group arrive and hugs and cheek kissing fly everywhere. Everyone is in good spirits.
Charlotte has fun cleaning her hands after her journey through London.
We settle into our booth and our (rather fabulous) waiter starts to explain the different choices of meat. I love it when people talk with their hands!
After some pondering, and as there were six of us, were simply ordered one of every starter, followed with a bit of every hunk of meat, and one of every sides.
Don’t miss out on the cocktails. This was the Blood Orange Spritz (Bombay Sapphire, Blood Orange, Orgeat, Lemon, Soda, Prosecco). Delicious!
Why is it little sisters always pinch your food and drink? Not sure how Birthday Boy feels about this.
We’re too busy giggling at my cocktail called ‘Have you seen my Koala?’. Phwaaa!!
A cracking bottle of wine saves the day.
If we don’t ‘Cheers!’ we simply can’t proceed. I think it’s so British, it’s genetic!
Our starters arrive carried on big trays and we all sat up in anticipation.
This Tiger Prawn Tempura with Holy f**k mayo and it’s stunning.
Jersey Rocks Oysters. If eating the sea is your thing…
Oh, this Beef Tartar with Toasted Sourdough. Such sweet, soft beef, with crunchy sourdough…
Tuna Tartar with avocado, soy sauce, lemon and lime. Unusual to have it in diced chunks, I don’t know why, it’s fabulous this way!
Baked Holy F**k rocks (yes, really).
This were the favourite way to nosh the sea critters.
And a simple Caprese with Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil.
Andy is telling us about the taxi drivers he’d befriended on his recent trip to Ireland. No-one gives banter in the world like an Irish taxi driver!
Yum, time for the main event.
Slices of Picanha, Chateaubriand and ‘Dirty Steak’.
All cooked medium rare, except Olly’s Dirty Steak (a strip loin), which is left for a little longer to develop that dirty flavour!
Hellooooo, keep scrolling down. There’s more food to see!
Like these incredible Smoked Short Ribs. The meat slides away from the bone.
The sides were pretty great too, like this Aubergine, Miso Houmous, Crispy Shallots, Cucumber, Coriander.
Roasted Corn on the Cob with Crab Butter. The corn was fabulously roasted and sweet, but for me, not my favourite. I was hoping for a little kick to balance all that sweetness.
These Charred Hispi Cabbage with chilli, garlic and anchovies were a surprise winner. Sweet slightly cooked cabbage with a bitter charring, salty anchovies and a bit of spice. Amazing! Have these.
Make sure you get your hands on these Black Truffle and Parmesan Chips!
Don’t underestimate this pretty little Chopped Salad, it is a star, you should definitely order one.
Then along came an innocent looking plate of Brisket. I really don’t want to be bossy, but you really should…
I think Andy might be saying something in an Irish accent. I can’t be sure.
The meal has been great. We’ve had a blast and we’ve eaten like kings.
But, we are here for our James’s Birthday, so it’s time to break out into song. (Thanks to the staff for doing this!)
(Thanks to the staff for doing this!)
The singing was loud and proud and not even slightly in tune.
It was a great Birthday Apple Pie.
This Brownie was darn good too. Sigh. Don’t you just love celebrations?!
What are you waiting for? Get your canines to Zelman Meats, your inner carnivore will love you for it. Just don’t forget the sides and desserts too!
2 ST ANNE’S COURT
LONDON W1F 0AZ
TEL: 0207 437 0566