You know those central London steakhouses that feel about as authentic as a lunch at some sort of pirate styled theme park cafe? Well, this isn’t one of those. As soon as you walk through the doors of this cosy little restaurant, hidden away at the mid section of Northcote Road, it feels like you’ve stepped into deepest Italy. The place is bustling with activity, meats are visible everywhere, you can see people running around discussing wine, customers laughing loudly and chefs preparing dishes. It’s a beautiful thing to be part of.
The menu, as you’d probably expect, is meat eaters dream. There’s everything from chicken and pork to rabbit and pigeon. There are two main features of the menu that take precedence though; a fantastic selection of charcuteries and an even more impressive array of steak offerings. At the top of the list sit two of some of the nicest steaks we’ve tried, both served in flayed and dripping with juices under the mystery of a metal cloche. For us the Fiorentina T-bone took the top slot, however the Costata rib wasn’t far behind. Luckily the sides are delicious but not too big, as you’ll need all the space available to take on the steak. Just don’t fill up on bread early on as well – which is easier said than done as the baked items are exceptional.
As you’d imagine, there’s an excellent selection of Italian wines on offer, with suggested pairing listed throughout the menu. Macellaio also offer butcher and bakery masterclasses, which, when you’ve tasted the food, seem like a very good idea indeed.
For more information on Macellaio, head over to the website here.
Picture Credits: Macellaio RC