Wednesday, 31 July 2013

MEATLiquor London

Although I love a burger as much as the next person burger joints have never featured on my list of to go restaurants, but all that could change. Street food when done well can command as much attention as the high end dining scene. It's down to the quality of the ingredients and when cooked brilliantly there will be people queueing round the block. Remember my post on Bubbledogs? hot dogs and Champagne! ( read it here ) I rest my case. Every now and then is not too bad for you, right ? 
The burger scene is uber cool at the moment with the foodie elite in London, so on my last visit to the capital I decided to make a burger joint my to go destination and see for myself. 
Recently two American Giants Shake Shack and Five guy's have taken up residencies in Covent garden but reviews are more a miss than a hit. Two other names bandied about on Twitter, Patty and Bun and MEATLiquor. also get rave reviews so I felt in safe hands there. 

After much deliberation we decided to go with MEATLiquor, leaving Patty and Bun for our next visit. I liked the story of how MEATLiquor came to be, the story of Yianni Papoutsis whom after spending a few years driving his mobile grill "Meat wagon" around London and every major festival, feeding masses of meat loving punters he decided to take up a more permanent residence in Welbeck st, Marylebone. 
Jaime Oliver showcased MeatWagon on Jaime's great britian. You can see Jaime visiting the Meat Wagon HERE.

The talk of two hour queues snaking around the block can either be off putting or intriguingly enticing. But this is Monday afternoon 15 Min's after opening time and feeling smug we walk right in. It was quite empty but believe me half an our after we were seated it started to fill quite quickly. 

With it's unglamorous position under a multi story car park the interior is much the same. 
Dark and moody, lit only by blood red neon lighting. Walls and ceilings covered in sinister graffiti style illustrations. A mish mash of bench style tables and side diner style banquettes. I fear i've pulled up a chair in the middle of a slaughter house. It is quite simply the Devils crib!

Should you need to use the W.C doors are marked Chick or Dicks !
But it works, after all you are here for a dirty burger, pretty surroundings and tablecloths just wouldn't do here.

The burgers here are big and messy. Each table provided with a whole kitchen roll only confirms you need to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in for you'll be wiping half of it off your chin. 

Menu is fun, burgers listed as Bulls, chicken under Birds, anything made from vegetables listed under Rabbit food and deserts referred to as sweet stuff.

A very good and extensive cocktail list. So much choice I had to send our waiter away 3 times till I made my decision. 

We both chose the Cheese burger, the MeatWagon original, beef, cheese, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard , ketchup.
Side orders of ordinary fries, fries smothered in melted cheddar cheese and onion and a portion of Slaw Southern style. 
Portions were huge and we immediately knew we had over ordered. One portion of chips and slaw would go round a few people easily.

Food images not great due to low lighting, I never use flash photography in restaurants so you will have to take my word this food looked as good as it tasted. 

The MeatWagon original cheeseburger. 

Near to perfection as you can get, juicy beef patty still pink in the middle, nice caramalisation charring the outside. A final splash of water and a couple of seconds under a closh softens the bun giving it that shiny glaze and just the right amount of condiments to not overpower the taste of the burger itself. I loved it . 

Drinks were also very good, we ordered a Space Gin Smash
Plymouth navy Gin, lemon juice, sugar, apple juice, elderflower cordial, mint and grapes.

Henrietta fizz
Finlandia vodka, shaken with fresh pear, fresh lemon juice and strawberry topped with fizz.

Could have easilly stayed for a while longer going through the cocktail list but sadly we had a train to catch.

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