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Dig In: Meating Place

Meating Place serves a classic menu of meat-forward plates in an industrial-chic setting.

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Avg price: $20
For dependable, meat-centric plates

The rundown
Recently opened at DUO Galleria, Meating Place serves a compact menu of meat-forward plates in a hip, industrial-chic setting. Diners who have classic palates and appreciate produce-centric plates will find this a mainstay for honest to goodness cooking.

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The vibe
With cement floors, exposed ceilings and a colour palette of copper, brown and forest green, this new kid on the DUO Galleria block screams industrial chic. Thankfully, friendly servers and tables of office workers help to water down its hipster vibes, making it a strong contender for laidback meals in the vicinity. You’ll likely dine amongst ties-off salarymen on their lunch break, but there’s no pressure to dress up. We fit in fine in sundresses and flip flops.

What’s good
Meating Place was set up with the intention of serving quality meats and affordable prices, and that they have certainly delivered. Prices are extremely reasonable, the providence of the meat used in every dish is clearly stated on the menu, and the meat cuts we had in both the Black Angus Steak Sandwich ($16) and Wagyu Karubi Bowl ($19) were fresh and flavourful. A chat with the server later revealed that they actually invested in their own dry aging fridge, which imparts some complexity to their beef cuts — A for effort!

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Photo by Burppler Leigh Khoo

We liked the sear on the wagyu cubes in the rice bowl, which uses wholesome Japanese brown rice. The taro chips (resembling Chinese New Year snacks) were a nice touch that added both salt and crunch. We found the meat in the sandwich a little under-seasoned, but it was nonetheless a hearty steak sarnie, enlivened with horseradish lemon cream and homemade pickles. While both dishes didn’t wow us with innovative flavour combinations, we liked that they were both hearty and tasty; simply put, we wouldn’t plan a special occasion visit, but it would possibly be some place we frequent for dependable, well put together plates. Their coffee service was not ready when we visited, but we hear they get their beans from Common Man Coffee Roasters.

Unlike the lunch menu, where dishes are significantly more fuss-free, the dinner menu offers more refined plates, such as the Deep-Fried ½ “Anxin” Free-Roam Spring Chicken & Tater Tots ($19) using Toh Thye San chickens (known for being free-roam and free of antibiotics and added hormones), and a Black Angus Petite Filet ($28). We’ve yet to visit at night, so let us know what’s good if you’ve been!


Discover more places to get your beef on in Burpple’s Best Steaks Guide 2017!