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74 Welbeck Street
PERMANENTLY CLOSING FEBRUARY 2019
“Reliably crowded, dark and loud”, Meatliquor’s burger-led swagger has taken it far beyond niche – there’s even a cookbook now. But although you can scoff its iconic patties in several ‘Meat’ outlets these days, the original bunker is still a place of pilgrimage for devotees who don’t mind the queues and consider the tagline ‘come hungry, leave wobbly’ a welcome challenge. The menu’s core appeal is in the purist butter-grilled cheeseburger, mustardy double-decker Dead Hippie, house chilli dogs and extravagantly pimped sides (fried pickles, chilli cheese fries and the like) – while specials feature the Garbage Plate (fries topped with a patty, cheese, onions and gravy) and chargilled prawns – not forgetting the Game Over cocktail, a combination of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, Pisang Ambon and absinthe, which is so strong it’s limited to two per diner. You want ‘dirty’ food and drink? You got it.
74 Welbeck Street
Bond Street Tube Station 144m
Oxford Circus Tube Station 530m
Wigmore Street 142m
James Street 144m
Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Fri-Sat -2am Sun -10pm)
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Food + drink: 4
I ate here a couple of times when it first opened a few years back, but on weekend lunchtimes when it is less busy. This time we went On a Thursday evening and it was predictably very busy, although by the time we had ordered a cocktail at the bar a table came free, so we didn't wait for long.
We had their legendary butter-grilled cheeseburger, fries and onion rings to share (you really need to share these, they are the size of dustbin lids!) and a few pretty decent negronis.
I fear that I am now of an age though where I have become less tolerant of loud music and would much rather have have a conversation, so not sure I will be rushing back any time soon, I was relieved to step out into the relative peace and quiet of Oxford Street.
The staff are rushed off their feet but friendly and accommodating.
Meat Liquor is a great place to eat and hangout with friends. The best burgers in London are served up with fried pickles, onion rings, and many more delicious items. No reservations, so you will have to compete with others for a table.
Food + drink: 3
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.
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