Despite being a big-time burger eater, I’d never actually been to either MeatLiquor or it’s sister restaurant, MeatMarket. Basically, I am a terrible London meat eater because everyone seems to chat away about them and I get a shocked look when I say I haven’t been. It was totally time to rectify that.
Late last year, I met up with a couple of my lovely friends (Hi Maks and Em) while they had a break between Harry Potter and the Cursed Child shows (jealous) to catch up over a burger. As it’s a strictly no reservations eatery, we were expecting to have to queue up, but to our surprise there was actually a table free when we arrived. Bingo.
The restaurant decor had an old-school Americana vibe, with large red, white and black signage and a good amount of neon. I really liked the signs hanging from the ceiling, which were actually ‘lonely hearts’ style dating ads. There’s loads to look at around the place, so even if you go solo you won’t be bored.
The menu offers up not just burgers, but a small yet perfectly curated list of meaty delights. There are just four styles of beef-based burger on the list, three chicken burgers, buffalo wings, ‘Monkey Fingers’ (battered fillets of marinated chicken breast slathered in hot pepper sauce), two hotdog varieties and some veggie options. On the sides menu, there’s deep fried mac and cheese – which I’m quite annoyed with myself that I didn’t try…
We went up to the counter to place our orders, and waited for our names to be called. This is no table service joint! I do actually really like counter-order places though, it’s much quicker than table service, so great if you’re in a rush. Even the drinks machine was self service – which I’m actually a big fan of, as I get to drink as much Diet Pepsi as I can handle (and even take away a cup for the train home). Thankfully, the toilets were close to our table…
(Not the best photos, because I was totally unprepared so snapped these on my old phone. Too busy eating all the food to properly care. Sorry not sorry.)
I went for the Dead Hippie Burger, cause it’s a bit of a MeatMarket classic, I hear. It contains two French’s Mustard fried beef patties, the top secret Dead Hippie Sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions.
And it was goood. Juicy, a good amount of dirty greasiness, although perhaps the patties felt a little on the small side, despite there being two in the bun. And I’m still none the wiser to what’s in the Dead Hippie sauce – but it had a slight tang to it, along with a creaminess that went perfectly with the patties. Totally better than Big Mac sauce, any day.
The fries were crispy and hot, more Burger King than Maccies in style – but nicer than both, obv. They could definitely have done with a lil more seasoning, mind you (especially as I’ve recently had Honest Burger’s rosemary salted fries and honestly, those badboys are game changers).
Compared to other ‘drop in’, counter service burger joints I’ve been to in London, MeatMarket is definitely doing pretty well. Maybe not the best burgers in the city, but if you’re looking for a quick pop-in place before heading to the theatre or a quick mid-shopping refuel, MeatMarket is definitely a great choice.