Well, two weeks ago, I finally figured out why. I was taken to a business lunch at Automat, a Mayfair American-style restaurant perhaps most well known as the location of where Renee Zellweger 'plumped up' for her Bridget Jones role. Well, I have to say, I can certainly understand why! The food was fantastic, and the burger I had tasted like 'home'. Read: AMERICAN Beef. Why? Because, it was actually 'USDA Corn-fed Beef'-it proudly said so on the menu. Corn-fed: the same stuff that I now know is completely harmful to the food industry (both beef rearing and corn-farming) in the US. Anyone who has read Omnivores Dilemma will know this.
So, while in Automat it hit me: it's the corn, silly! This is why UK beef tastes so different-cattle are grass-fed, not corn-fed! And worst part? I prefer the no-good-for-me-no-good-for-the-cows, Corn-Fed beef.
Hmph. I am a horrible, horrible omnivore.