Picture this: London + 33-degree heat + MEATliquor = MEAT SWEATS galore! 100% worth it, though.
MEATliqour has taken London by storm, serving its now trademarked take on American(ish)-style BBQ and setting the trend for gourmet burgers. The story began back in 2008 when Scott Collins and Yianni Papoutsis set-up from a Peckham car park, with a burger van christened ‘MEATwagon’.
A couple of retired meat wagons later, the first official MEATliquor restaurant opened on 11/11/11 in London W1. Fast forward seven years, and, with another 12 burger joints added around the country, the MEATliquor empire is going from strength to strength. This year saw the arrival of the chain’s latest opening, back to their W1 roots after undergoing a pretty bad ass refurbishment. As we all know, London’s restaurant scene is impressive, and the best way to experience a city is through its food. Having never had the MEATliquor experience before, I was ready to find out for myself what all the fuss was about.
Although the new site goes against the grain of what you’d usually expect in the capital, with low lighting, walls of graffiti and loud music, it still fits perfectly within its London surroundings. The lively restaurant serves foodie favs MEATliquor style, such as; beef burgers, chicken burgers, hotdogs and more sides than you can shake a stick at. They’ve got veggies and vegans covered and – if you manage to stave off a food-induced coma – a few dessert options on offer. Last but not least, they’ve got a dizzyingly impressive drinks menu and with a late license, you are welcome to work your way through it – assuming you’re still standing by 3am!
With drinks ordered and a menu full of meaty goodness to contend with, it was time to get down to business…
Now, when your boss tells you to try the monkey fingers, you try monkey fingers. And let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint. Coated in a blanket of Frank’s RedHot sauce (one of our fabulous clients), I don’t think I’d quite prepared myself for what was to come. AH-MAZE-ING, cooked in thin strips, accompanied by a blue cheese dip, with the perfect amount of spice to leave a fiery zing on the tongue, I just couldn’t stop myself reaching in for more.
Next, living dangerously, I opted for the ‘Dirty Chicken Cheeseburger’ (I like fried chicken, don’t judge) with fries (not chips) and this burger certainly delivered. Once again cooked to golden crispy perfection, placed inside a bun with a covering of mayo, crunchy lettuce, cheese and red onions this burger was anything but dirty – #burgergoals that will make a fan out of anyone!
Also, coming highly recommended, we ordered MEATliquors OG, ‘The Dead Hippie’, beef sourced from the Scottish Highlands (check out my Edinburgh blog here), the 2 x French’s mustard (another Jellybean brand would you believe) fried beef patties were served on a bed of MEATliquor’s signature ‘Dead Hippie Sauce’ with lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions – it was top notch! We paid the bill and a shot of Jägermeister later we left blissfully full!
Would I recommend MEATliquor? Yes.
Do I want to try everything else on the menu? Yes.
Are the staff as lovely as the food? Yes!
Would I eat Monkey Fingers every day for the rest of my life? YASSSSS!!
If you’re looking to give everyone you know the ultimate food envy or just after some seriously delicious food, then get yourself to MEAtliquor, you can thank me later. It’s clear the best is yet to come for this American-inspired chain. The only downside, no Monkey Fingers on tap!
MEATLiquor: ‘MEAT and liquor are our thing, but we’re not just burgers and booze’ a statement I very much agree with.