Since burgers have become an essential part of dining out in London in the past year, I’ve had MEATliquor in my eyesight as one of THE places to go to have a great burger.
Since it was the OH’s birthday and he’s the burger connoisseur, we finally managed to drag ourselves on a weekday evening to visit the long-awaited MEATliquor.
Located directly behind Debenham’s Flagship store on Oxford Street, the exterior of MEATliquor can’t be missed with a bright neon red ‘MEAT’ sign displayed above the entrance.
Since we arrived fairly early, we were ushered to the bar to order a few drinks before our table was ready and were told it’d be roughly around 15 minutes.
We decided to order a few cocktails and I ordered the Donkey Punch; ginger beer mixed with lime juice and absinthe. In comparison the OH ordered the Game Over which is limited to 2 per person as it contains a long list of alcohol such as Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Gin, Triple Sec, Pisang Ambon, Absinthe, Fresh Lime all topped with Mountain Dew. Both cocktails were deliciously sweet, strong and exactly what we needed after a long day at work.
Word of warning, if you haven’t visited MEATliquor there’s absolutely no way to photograph food as the bright neon red lighting continues throughout the establishment.
With many burger joints in London having a small, tight space, the interior of MEATliquor was larger than I anticipated and it was refreshing to enter a burger restaurant with enough room to be seated comfortably.
The decorations aren’t for everyone especially if you’re offended by nudity and vulgarity but I personally loved the casual, relaxed interior.
The burgers arrived with plenty of innards oozing out of the burger. I opted for the red chilli cheeseburger as avid readers of the blog will understand my obsession with spicy food. The burger contained beef chili, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, onions and mustard.
The bun itself held together well and didn’t disintegrate on consumption especially with the hefty amount of toppings within. The beef was tender, moist and seasoned well and surprisingly, all the flavours worked well together with neither, spicy, salty or sweet flavours overpowering one another and was consumed extremely quickly.
The hippie fries are essentially fries topped with grilled onion and drenched with hippie sauce. On first taste the fries were delicious as the grilled onions were sweet and the sharp, tart flavour from the hippie sauce cut through the sweetness; mixed with the potato, it was all that I wanted. However, after making our way through half of the portion, the grilled onions started to become a little too sickly sweet, with the onion to potato ratio being outweighed heavily. For two people, it was too much to handle but for a large group I can imagine the dish would be incredibly moreish.
MEATliquor was a pleasant experience with great food and amazing cocktails. As far as the best burger in London, I’m not convinced that this is it and my personal recommendation (as always) is still Patty & Bun. The noise in the restaurant might also be a problem for most, as this is certainly not the place for a quiet, intimate evening. Although, if you are gearing up for an evening out in London this is the perfect spot to eat as you’ll be greeted with a buzzing, energetic atmosphere.
Burgers & Cocktails, what more could you ask for?
– MEATliquor, Bond Street