I’ve had some really good steaks in my life. Equally, I’ve had some really bad steaks in my life too. It took me years to realise that well done was not actually a good thing, and rare doesn’t mean it’s still mooing on the plate. But hands down, I have had very very few mind blowing steaks…until now.
If you head on over to Tripadvisor, the numero uno restaurant in all of Liverpool is Cowshed. Behind a little red door with a tiny unassuming sign down a side street I don’t think I’ve ever stumbled down sober, Cowshed is serving up some serious meat-treats that scousers and visitors alike cannot get enough of - so of course, I had to go and see what all the fuss was about!
Can I just say, the building is fascinating? Three floors, a central winding staircase and intimate dining spaces make this place feel about as far from the city streets as you can get. The room we sat in could probably hold about 20, which meant it kept pretty quiet and you felt like you were having a very secluded experience.
But let’s get on with what we came here for shall we? The menu is small, and I love it. I’ve always said, if I was to ever open a restaurant, I would serve only a handful of dishes and serve the well. That’s exactly what Cowshed does. A handfull of starters, sides and desserts, with the stars of the show being their steaks, of which they have around 5, one veggie option and a special too. And that’s it. So many places could learn a thing or two here, honestly, do a few things and do them so well people cannot stop singing their praises and coming back for more.
After much deliberation, salivating and mind changing, I finally went for the 8oz rump steak cooked medium/rare. All steaks come with a salad and parmesan garnish, and you can top up with sides separately. The Mr and I decided to split 3 sides between us; fries, garlic mushrooms and waffle and eggs.
I don’t even know where to begin with this steak. Cooked to perfection, the knife just slid right through with zero effort. No fat, no gristle, just pure steak in each and every bite. It was just so flavoursome and moorish, I genuinely felt sad that it would come to an end. The fries were fine, the garlic mushrooms super tasty and the waffle and eggs, well, how do you make a great steak egg-cellent? (Sorry/not sorry). Fried eggs to perfection and extra crispy waffles, no more words needed!
The Mr had the 8oz rib-eye steak which he promptly devoured, pausing long enough for me to grab a quick snap! Suffice to say, our plates went back to the kitchen as clean as they day they came out of the box. Everything was just really friggin good, and I can’t say more than that!
The service was brilliant, the food came out as quick as the drinks, and you really couldn’t argue with the price, especially when you consider what some high end chains/establishments charge for basic beef!
There is a reason Cowshed is currently holding onto the number one spot for Liverpool restaurants on Tripadvisor and I think it’s going to hold it with some ease for a while if it keeps putting out steaks as good as the ones we had!
Do you ever check Tripdvisor for your local town to find new places to try?
Until next time,