OK, it's London, it's meat (and of excellent quality) and it's posh South Kensington, so if you are looking for a cheap Italian 'Fiorentina' or 'Tagliata', skip page.
Hence the bottom line with Il Macellaio is whether this is worth the price, in the range of 40 to 50 pounds (if you pay attention to your choice of wine...see later). Also, let me stress that I am a BBQ cook, and often grill Fiorentina chosen from my personal butcher at home in Italy, so I am naturally biased when it comes to grilled cow.
Having said this, I'd rate this Fiorentina on an absolute scale a 8/10, so good to very good. Not excellent, because the filet part was a shy tougher than it should have been for perfection (i.e. the consistency of butter). And to be honest, this could have been due to the fact that we had Fiorentina only for two, so a small cut, hence maybe a part that was not perfectly aged.
The cooking was however perfect, and also the 'Tagliata' that two other colleagues got (they serve this in different ways) tasted very good. Entrees are also top quality.
The only downside I have with this restaurant is the wine list. It is extensive, and with some very good bottles, but the pricing is totally distorted from the bottom. While it is ok to pay 30 to 40 pounds a bottle worth 20 euros in Italy (ie roughly twice the price), it is not acceptable to pay 25 pounds for a bottle worth 5 or 6 euros (ie almost six times the price). So watch out.
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