The Meat Co


Friday Lunch. Family Reunion.

A recently-turned-twenty-one cousin arrived for a month’s holiday at the desert capital along with her mother last weekend, and we had a lot to catch up on the family. There’s no better way to do this than over some great food at a great location. Qaryat al Beri, the souk / tourist arcade located at Bain Al Jisreen (between the bridges) seems to be the escape route for an exotic yet affordable meal by the canal side. Most of these restaurants have outdoor seating, a meal haven during cooler months.
It was a long drive from Al Shamka, the current residence of my cousin and her family, so by the time they arrived, our indomitable appetites made headway to the most advertised restaurant with all its tempting food posters at every corner.
The South African chain was visibly florid and ostentatious, with a smoking / non smoking seating. Most pompous display of winery I must say. The staff, were very obliging and catered to our orders with ease and precision. Entertainer vouchers were passed around giving us the liberty to choose from outstanding choices of grilled meats and poultry.
For starters we had a large bowl of Garden salad, the presentation of which was unexpectedly akin to a twig pot. The ‘soil’, as Mr. Sinfree (our attendant) explained was olive powder and truly delicious.


Being in the mood for seafood, I asked for a grilled preparation and was promptly recommended a Red Snapper fish served with truffle Potatoes and prawn veloute (pictured above).
Other dishes in chicken included the Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lentil Salad and creamy garlic and chilli sauce:


And the Wagyu Burger (200 gms) served with fries and crispy onion rings:


Mr. Sinfree should be extolled for his effusive presence as well as efforts to proffer food based on our dietary requirements accurately. The experience of the reunion was memorable.


4 thoughts on “The Meat Co

  1. Lau says:

    Oooh, we have been there just a few nights ago. Delicious food and we even witnessed a birthday serenade by all the (many) staff, all chanting accompanied by African drums!! haha 🙂

  2. gulfsponge says:

    Haha, that might’ve been awesome. Many have told me about the song and beats routine carried out by the staff, but sadly we didn’t get to see any that afternoon. All the same the food and Entertainer vouchers make it worthwhile to re-visit, so hope to experience it next time

  3. The last time I ate there the waiter decided that the lamb skewer would not be good and instead served me lamb chops without letting me know. Good food… but I can’t speak highly of the service.

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