Having already been to one of London’s new breed of “does what it says on the tin” restaurants “Burger & Lobster” (reviewed here) I was absolutely dying to try Meatliquor. I’d seen countless reviews and photos popping up in my Twitter and Instagram feeds, and each (albeit not great quality) photo literally made my carniverous mouth water.
The only thing that was putting me off was the numerous reports of up to 2 hour waits and queues around the block. On the day we visited it was pissing with rain, the restaurant is just a stone’s throw from Bond Street and it was the Friday before Christmas so I was anticipating and dreading the prospect of a long wait. But, following our arrival just after 12:30, we were surprised, and delighted, to be seated immediately.
The interior is not for the faint hearted- graffiti murals adorn the wall, it is VERY dark with red lighting and the music is incredibly loud. Mr P&P and I absolutely loved it, but just a warning to someone who was hoping for an intimate setting for a first date or family meal with older relations, this probably isn’t the best venue for you.
Short and dirty the menu is what it says, Meat and Liquor. Six types of burger and a chilli dog come under the “Meat” heading and two chicken burgers or buffalo wings under “Bird”. There is a fries menu with various meat & cheese toppings.
The only very slight nod to vegetarians is the “rabbit food” section of the menu with three side dishes- Deep-fried pickles, onion rings and slaw, “Wedge salad” and a halloumi & mushroom burger. Given the name of the restaurant I think it would be unrealistic to expect a wider variety of non-meat dishes.
|Buffalo wings- £6|
Hand on heart, these were THE BEST buffalo wings I have EVER eaten. Despite being generously coated in the hot and tangy sauce the skin was still crisp in a way I have never experienced with this type of dish, the skin more often than not being slimy and unappealing but definitely not the case with these little beauties. I barely got a look-in on the blue cheese dip as Mr P&P, a confirmed blue cheese hater, devoured it all!
Our platter of mains in all their filthy glory. I loathe using a flash when photographing food but it was unavoidable in this case due to the aforementioned darkness/red lighting.
There is no cutlery offered- just a big roll of kitchen paper on each table to help you to mop up the inevitable mess and meat juices. The absolute epitome of a “get your hands dirty” burger joint.
|Philli cheese steak – £8.00|
Described as “shaved rump steak, onions, peppers & cheese inna bun”- this was Mr P&P’s. When he ordered it he was imagining larger pieces of steak than they actually were in reality. If I wanted to split hairs I think I’d say that the meat erred more on the side of being “minced” than “shaved” but regardless, I thought it was delicious. As someone who is highly dubious of mince after a childhood food poisoning incident Mr P&P was not quite as enamoured with it as me, but it wasn’t a problem as we just split this and the burger I’d ordered between us.
|Deep-fried pickles- £3|
As soon as I heard this extremely “deep South” dish was on the menu I knew it had to be mine. These deep fried bites of unadulterated deliciousness were incased in crispy batter and came with more of Mr P&P’s favourite blue cheese dip. SO GOOD.
|Chilli cheese fries- £5.00|
These were as filthy as they look- in a good way. The fries, for me, were a little under-done, BUT, I do acknowledge the fact that the way I prefer them to be cooked would be considered over-done by most people so I can’t take anything away from them for that fact. The chilli was delicious, but in my opinion, not spicy at all. As you can see from the picture there was a generous amount of both the cheese and chilli toppings.
|Cheese fries- £4.00|
The same as above but with onions instead of cheese. My personal preference would have been cooked onions, but that’s just me. Regardless of this they were still delicious and Mr P&P demolished the lot.
|Dead Hippie burger- £7.50|
“2x beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions”. I have to admit I gravitated towards this burger due to the fact it was the only double burger on the menu- GREEDY.
It was gorgeous. 100% beef which was charred on the outside and slightly pink on the inside. On biting into it an obscene amount of meaty juice was released. The bun was absolutely perfect and didn’t collapse on the second bite which can often be the case when housing a burger as juicy as this delightful specimen.
I think given the high profile and location of the restaurant and the memory of paying £20 for a burger at Burger & Lobster the previous month still fresh in my mind- £7.50 for the above was incredibly reasonable.
The total bill came to around £40- we didn’t drink alcohol but a can of drink or miniature bottle of schweppes lemonade were an eye-watering £2.50 each. Had we not had been off to shop on Oxford Street and then to Winter Wonderland I would definitely have squeezed in a pudding- next time. The service was friendly, efficient and fast.
Would I go back? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Definitely.