After completing my swimming teacher course (you can read about that here) a small select group of us went out together for food and drinks.
Actually the rest of the group were invited - as a bit of an after thought - but they all either had trains to catch, other plans or quite possibly found those of us who were going a little too loud and annoying.
Two of the group are from South Africa and seeing as the course was in Acton - which is a short bus ride from Shepherd's Bush - we ended up going to a South African restaurant called 'The Meat Co' at the Westfield Shopping Centre. I used to live fairly close to Westfields - I still do only I now I live close to the one in East London - and so I must have walked past 'The Meat Co' a hundred times but I'd never been in before.
It was nice. Slightly pricey but the decor was nice, the staff were great and so was the food. The experience was also enhanced by having good company - even if everyone was a little tired and hungry - but even if you can't guarantee yourself good company I would recommend a visit to 'The Meat Co' - unless you're a veggie. The menu was unsurprisingly (given the name) dominated by meat - it looked like a good place to take a date or if you live in the business lunch kind of world, maybe a good place to take a client.
So this is the part of the blog where I address it's title: KANGAROO
and also the year31prject mantra: To make the 31st year of my life the best yet by trying as many new things and learning as many new skills as possible.
I looked through the menu. The chicken skewers sounded nice. I do love a good chicken skewer. The tempura chicken burger sounded good too. Plus that's one of the specials and I'm eternally skint so maybe that's the best option. What else could I have. The lamb? A nice steak? You can't go wrong with a good medium-rare steak.
Or I could go for the Kangaroo haha. No I don't think so... actually...wait, maybe I should go for the Kangaroo? If I'm being honest I'd rather just have the chicken skewers. I know I'll like that! What if I order the Kangaroo and I don't like it. What a waste of money that would be and if it's so bad I can't eat it, I'll still be hungry too.
But then - with a little encouragement from the rest of the group - I thought to myself "that's not really in the spirit of the Year31Project now is it?" If I wasn't doing this project I think I would have gone with the chicken burger. In fact I know I would have. But I am doing this project. Plus where better to try Kangaroo than at a South African restaurant... hang on? You don't get kangaroos in South Africa do you? Never mind. Like I said this is the Year31Project so I took a gamble and ordered the Kangaroo.
The waiter said it was a rich dark meat similar to other game animals. "Have you eaten venison" he asked. I haven't but I'm already sold. Not least because it gives me something to blog about haha. So I order the Kangaroo (medium-rare as the waiter suggests).
In the time between ordering and receiving our food we shared some biltong and droewors:
And while I chewed on the biltong and dorewors - which although looked like dog treats tasted really good and was two more new foods for me - I had enough time to reflect on my food decision. I'm doing the right thing I think but I wish I was getting the skewers. Then the food starts to arrive. I watch everyone else's come before mine. They all look and smell amazing.
Then mine finally arrives.
And it's silly but I'm slightly apprehensive. But luckily it looks just like beef. I cut into it. The meet is soft and cooked just how I like it - how I would have a steak - nice and pink with a bit of blood oozing out as you cut into it.
Here goes. I'm going to eat Kangaroo for the first time and... WOW! This is amazing. So soft and sweet and juicy and just wow. It's tasty and the rich gravy compliments it perfectly. It comes with a potato (thing) which was also really nice but the meat is just unreal. So amazing I can't help but finish every last bit.
It's everything I can do not to lick my plate clean haha.
So there it is. I tried three new foods! The biltong and the droewors were really nice but it was the Kangaroo that was the revelation. It was beautiful. Not cheep but worth every single penny! If I see it on the menu again it's the only thing I would order. & I would definitely recommend that you try it if you get the chance!