COME TOGETHER, EAT TOGETHER – MEATliqour’s motto and perfect way to go about things when meeting one of my best childhood friend ‘Ms.SW’ again for the first time in 14 years and the delightful Mr.B as well.
(The beautiful Ms.SW and I)
The MEATliquor family consists of three other meaty concepts, MEATmarket at Covent Garden, MEATmission at Hoxton Market (takes reservations) and MEATwagon – literally a van selling burgers around London during special occasions and you can rent it for your own use as well! Perfect for planning a special event with friends or as a funky addition to a party.
We had heard of the infamous queuing times as MEATliqour has a no reservations policy but thankfully our wait was only a little under 30 minutes. People in line were served a quick entree, a deep fried aubergine and/or pickle served with thick mayo to keep patience levels up and hunger ones down.
Upon entry we had to wait at the bar for a short while as the tables were still being cleared and emptied so we decided on a simple bottle of white Le Coste Trebbano (£15) served in cleaned out jam jars to keep our spirits high as we took in the offensive but suitable slogans around the bar with a giggle.
MEATliquor’s interior is grungy and the paintings may seem mildly disturbing but have a dark humored-sarcastic edginess to them which makes it less scary and more of a disheveled but very appealing dining experience. Strange combination you’d think! Then again in a city like London, you need different, ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ dining concepts to perk and maintain interest.
The menu is quite simple and straightforward, obviously offering burgers and cheese fries. Both Ms.SW & Mr.B went for the MEATwagon’s original Cheeseburger consisting of beef, cheese, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard and ketchup (£6.50) and I went for the Green Chilli Cheeseburger – beef, cheese, chili butter, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard and ketchup (£7.00). We all shared a plate of cheese fries (£4.00) smothered in melted cheddar cheese and onions.
(Our VERY juicy burgers)
(Cheese Fries w/melted cheese and onions)
The burgers which come with absurdly thick patties are extremely delicious, juicy, well seasoned but beware…Very, very greasy! This joint is not for those on diets or those looking for a ‘light’ meal. Vegetarian options are VERY limited, they offer a ‘Rabbit food’ section on their menu which is loaded with cheese piled, blue cheese drenched, deep fried items, just in case!
What I found interesting was that our food wasn’t served on plates but came on a tray and given a roll of paper towels to eat on/wipe fingers on. This is definitely the ‘laid back lazy-finger lickin’ eating concept. Don’t expect stylish!
(In case your fingers get dirty and you need more rolls…)
I love that the burgers are prepared fresh on the spot so it’s possible to make requests such as no cheese, ketchup or more chili etc..
With the loud dirty tunes playing in the background and the dark graffiti ridden walls giving you the impression you are eating in a meat factory, this is a fantastic choice for a delicious burger. I would definitely want to sample the buffalo wings next time.
To end our night at MEATliqour, we went and sampled their photobooth (£3.00) to take silly pictures for good memories. Very old-school and perfect for the occasion.
(Ms.SW also has a food blog, she is based in London. Check out her blog for upcoming reviews on London restaurants! http://highteaandhighheels.wordpress.com/)