I’ve been meaning to try MEATliqour for a while which is currently a restaurant that is a huge rival to my current favourite burger joint, Patty & Bun. Although MEATliquor has positive reviews I’ve seen mixed reviews from MEATmarket with many saying the burgers were disappointing in comparison.
With MEATmarket just around the corner from work, I had to pop down one lunchtime to flavour what the MEAT london chain had to offer.
Although the MEAT chain started with MEATliquor which is a restaurant, MEATmarket is a typical American-style fast food experience with diner-type, quirky decor hidden at the top of Jubilee market in Covent Garden. To me it felt like a secret dining area, watching the passers-by shopping on a Friday afternoon.
I ordered the double bubble burger which consists of two beef patties, cheese, pickles, minced white onions coated in ketchup and mustard. I much prefer my burgers to be medium-rare or even medium however the burger was cooked medium-well which meant that the meat was on the drier side and not as tender. However the burger was very more-ish. I’m a huge fan of pickles and the acidity and salty-ness from the pickles merged well with the sweet ketchup and rich cheese. The bun was nothing special and certainly felt like a ‘warburton’s’ bap but nevertheless wasn’t the worst I’d had.
Towards the end of my burger I noticed how salty the bun had become, I’m guessing this was from the amount of pickle that was used.
The chicken wings didn’t fare so well. I stupidly figured I didn’t need to order fries as my experience at Patty & Bun changed my entire view on chicken wings so much so that my reasoning was ‘ah I’ll be able to compare these to Patty & Bun’. I instantly regretted my decision. The chicken was dry and then coated in a thick spicy sticky sauce that was a little sickly.
Lovers of greasy, American-style, fast food will love this place with its quirky down-to-earth interior but if not then steer clear as this is not the place for diners that prefer their burgers presented beautifully.
- MEATmarket, Covent Garden