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|Address:||74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA|
|Tel:||020 7224 4239|
|Price: £28.00||Wine: £15.00||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -1am Sun -9.30pm)|
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The MEAT and the liquor half of London has been raving about. Not only are they raving, they are queuing down the street for a mouthful. The sight of NO RESERVATIONS always worries me. Standing still for over an hour is not an ideal combination with my ants in pants syndrome.
With intense burger cravings we arrived at 11:48am, 12 minutes before MEATliquor opens it’s doors. Second in line, SCORE! Turned around 2 minutes later to find about 50 people queuing behind us so thank god my friend is a punctual German. Not only is he German but was incredibly hungover, making our burger mission evermore vital.
Experienced MEATliquor-ers had mentioned a Quentin Tarantino influence. They were spot on. Dark, gloomy decor with a comical, sadistic twist to it – Quentin in a nutshell. Will not spoil the quirky interior of this burger joint, will leave that element of surprise for when you visit yourself. Unless you get so hungry waiting in the queue you could care less by the time you make it inside. This is possible.
Known for their liquor – I naturally went for a cocktail. It would be rude not to try one, plus it’s so dark in there it feels like night time. Space Gin Smash highly recommended if you share my love for elderflower. Fresh but with a punch, great balance. To accompany my smashing cocktail I had the Mushroom Provolone Cheesesteak – shaved rumpsteak, onions, mushrooms, provolone cheese in a bun. This Philly Cheesesteak is massive. Genuinly impressed with myself for finishing. Some chunks of the steak were a little chewy if I must be critical. Though a mushy bun filled with meat, onion and melted cheese definitley satisfies. Would have preferred more cheese as it was a tad meat heavy. Side of Slaw – southern style, was pretty decent and not overly creamy.
The hungover German went for the Dead Hippie – 2x beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, minced white onions. Side of Fries – not chips – which were greasy but would likely please a fries-lover (which I’m not). Tastebuds on a hangover are risky, surely anything with high fat content hits the spot so I took a bite of judgement into the Dead Hippie. My friends hangover had in fact not impaired his sense of taste, that hippie was dead on.
Service was quite slow, drinks took about 15 minutes to arrive. Did they run to the back garden to pick the elderflower? Waitresses were busy but attentive enough to see when we needed anything. Next time I'm going for a burger, accompanied by a cocktail of course. American food with every intention of curing hangovers. The whimsical interior (down to the restrooms!) gives major brownie points and the bar looks like it would be buzzing on a Friday night. Only piece of advice, arrive at least 12 minutes prior to opening. Or bring a camping chair, a thermos of coffee and chill in the queue.