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ATW TASTE TEST

By Pete Moore On January 26th, 2020

I see a food debate has broken out down below. Steak always sorts out the gastronomes from the commies. The debate over how to have it never ends. But there is a right answer. How do you have yours?

On this scale put me down as a 10. The wrongest answer is to say rare or raw, or that a good vet should get it mooing again. I once asked for a steak bien cuit in France. I thought that was a generous compromise on my part, since the proper way to have a steak is a la Chernobyl. The chef decided a pile of mince was what I would have. I walked out.

Four and five are acceptable on this scale. Anyone who prefers lower ought to have their hard drive examined.

31 Responses to “ATW TASTE TEST”

  1. Put me down as it 2

    Do you want to taste what you’re eating

    5 or higher You may as well just eat some shoe leather

  2. No 4 for me but I can take or leave steak.

  3. 5 is almost there

  4. At some of the good steak houses here, they will try to talk you out of ordering a steak well done

    They don’t want to ruin a beautiful piece of meat But they will do it if you force them to

  5. In a lot of places, no matter what you say they will cook it less than that. If you say well done you’ll probably get medium. This is because they can always give it another go if you say it’s undercooked but they can’t uncook it.

    I’ll have it any way but rare or raw…I just want it cooked.

    I’m the same with coffee, black/white, no sugar, one sugar or three, don’t really care. Don’t even mind if they bring tea instead. As long as it has caffeine.

  6. With steaks I used to be a four or five but I could happily eat a three or two now.

  7. Between 3 and 4 for me.

  8. On that list I’d literally be a -5.
    I like my steak as uncooked as possible.

  9. But there is a right answer. How do you have yours?

    I don’t. I ate my last piece of meat in 1988 and have never missed it since. As I recall, it was a decent fillet cooked medium.

  10. Steak is over rated . Red meat stays in your gut three days and that’s not good . Have a piece of fish . It’s good brain food too like nuts . You may find yourself feeling the need to read the guardian though. So be warned eating fish is likely to persuade you reading the daily mail is for meat heads intellectual light weights.
    I got one in 👉👈

  11. You may find yourself feeling the need to read the guardian though.

    As it happens I do, but I was a reader well before I stopped eating meat 🙂

  12. Steak can be a magnificent special occasion treat

    I still have memory of one steak I had 30 years ago

    A visit to one of our local steakhouses ( Peter Luger, Sparks, Keens ) are often a highlight of a tourists vacation to NYC.

  13. Yeah phantom I like that .. a treat every lil once in a while

  14. In many US steakhouses, they play Sinatra in the background

    They’re manly, traditional places, that women love too. Very often will have good wine and vegetable sides.

    I have a friend who is a vegetarian who has to dine out for business. And she doesn’t mind going to a steakhouse at all, because they always have good non neat options

    Long live the steak house

  15. Non meat

  16. And she doesn’t mind going to a steakhouse at all, because they always have good non neat options

    That’s good, but the smell of cooking meat turns my stomach these days. So I avoid steakhouses and carverys and their various other names. I have always found that Italian restaurants offer the best range of choices for non-meat eaters.

  17. Peter,

    What prompted you to stop and are you vegetarian or vegan (I guess not vegan or you would have told us about it already 🙂

  18. I believe that David has mentioned that he keeps a vegan diet

  19. Frank

    I had been going off the idea of meat for years, mostly because I knew that it was not a healthy option in the early 1980s. And then I saw at first hand the killing process in a saussage factory. That was the end, no more meat for me, and that has included chicken which is in some ways the worst health choice of all because of its factory-farming with antibiotics.

    I stopped eating eggs for a few years, but now eat free-range (alleged) and any fish that I can convince myself is sustainably caught.

    Stopping meat eating is easy, but veganism is a hard road and one that has never tempted me.

  20. It’s hard to argue with the ethics of veganism but I just couldn’t do it. Spent yesterday traipsing around London with a friend who was doing Veganuary, trying to find somewhere that would suit us both and it was nearly impossible.

    There’s seemingly nothing that complies, probably even buildings and trains are somehow made of eggs.

  21. Wipe it’s arse, lop it’s horns off and run it through the kitchen.

  22. 2…maybe a 3.

  23. Zero. If you can’t grab the fella be the horns and start chewin’ on him, then yer not a proper man at all.

  24. Those pics are various degrees of burned. Blue steak ftw!

  25. Buncha buckin’ cavemen FFS.

  26. I’d like to welcome my fellow blue steak lovers to this post.
    I must admit, I thought I was going to be on my own yesterday.

  27. Noel, on January 27th, 2020 at 12:15 PM Said:
    Zero. If you can’t grab the fella be the horns and start chewin’ on him, then yer not a proper man at all.

    Noel.

    You have lived in Germany for far too long.

  28. I agree with Noel, Smcgiff, and Dave. 1 is overcooked.

  29. What a pack of wusses! and including those across the pond. I am inbetween a 1 and a 2 and if I had to choose would go for 1.

    I was brought up on overdone meat. Part of the culture. In my teens I was at my Godfather’s house for Sunday dinner minus my parents. He and his wife were English and we had roast beef. I thought I was going to pass out when it was brought to the table. I took it and gingerly put it in my mouth hoping I could pass myself and not cause offence. It was divine and I haven’t looked back since.

    If my parents had been with me I suspect my mother would have put a request in for just the outside and I might have followed suit and maybe denied the pleasure of many beautifully not overcooked steaks,

  30. I had a delicious 1.5 at Maloney & Porcelli, near Rockefeller Center, last night

  31. I had a delicious 1.5 at Maloney & Porcelli, near Rockefeller Center, last night