I’m not one to eat out mid-week much but I had to join a work dinner this Wednesday evening. You never know what you’re going to get when someone else is in charge of making a reservation so I was pleased that the group had booked a table at Meet Meat near Schuman. Although already open for a few years, I hadn’t yet made it to this mecca of Argentinian beef.
Meet Meat is located behind the Berlaymont building in an old town house that has been nicely converted into a modern space. The menu is focused around the traditional asados (Argentinian barbecues) and serves only imported beef. As we were shown to our table in the back, I noticed the restaurant was mostly filled with groups of men, which I took as a good sign in a steak joint.
We immediately dove into the menu, a cleverly designed fold out square with food on one side and the wine list on the other. The men at my table of course began discussing the size of steak that would be feasible to eat without inducing a heart attack. The options included rib eye, sirloin, rump steak and fillet, anywhere from 200g up to a whopping 750g. There are a few other choices on the menu like chicken, lamb and a cheeseburger, but really what is the point of this in a steakhouse?
We were all pretty hungry so ordered starters before the main event. I had an excellent caprese salad made with real mozzarella di bufala and drizzled with really good olive oil and basil – probably the best I’ve ever had in Brussels. My dinner mates, all being men, of course order more meat, including chorizo and carpaccio. After a slightly long interlude, our steaks arrived (mind a 200g fillet), along with fries or baked potato, salad and choice of sauce (I had the mushroom and it was delicious).
They have a huge selection of Argentinian wine, with a few other new and old world options thrown in the mix. We enjoyed a few bottles of the Luigi Bosca Reserva from Mendoza (€35), which was a good pairing for the streak. I was so full after the main course that I skipped dessert but I could see from others at the table that the dulce dame blanche and pear sorbet were good choices.
On average, expect to pay €40 per person (without wine), a reasonable price for such good quality beef. The one downfall at Meet Meat is the service – a bit slow (even for Brussels) and not overly friendly. This may have been due to amount of groups in the restaurant that night, but we had to wait at least 30 minutes between courses. They do have a nice looking terrace which would be good to try out once the weather improves.
Overall, this is a terrific place for a mid-week lunch or dinner, especially for groups, and very handy if you happen to work in the EU district. Definitely one of the best steaks in Brussels.
124, rue Stévin
Tel: +32 2 231 07 42
Open: Monday to Friday, 12:00-2:30pm, 7:00-10:00pm
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Images via Meet Meat and L’Avenir.