I met an old friend from Disney for a catch up and ventured to Meat Liquor to see what all the fuss was about.
I had heard mixed things about Meat Liquor. Some people said it's greasy and too loud, whereas others said it's like TGI's on acid (whatever that means), so I had to take a peek for myself.
I went with an open mind and empty stomach.
When we first walked in, it looked more like a night club than a restaurant which I thought was pretty cool. It has this grungy, punk feel with a big photobooth in the middle. The bathrooms say "CHICKS" and "DICKS", somewhat of an edgy sense of humour. Maybe not a place for all the fuddy-duddies. It is dark however. Too dark I think but not enough to turn me away, hence the horrible flash on all my photos.
We ordered one Halloumi burger, one "Dead Hippie" burger and a side of cheesy fries. Trust me, you won't be going home hungry!
Now don't get me wrong I luuuuuuuuurve chilli fries, all smothered head to toe in spicy chilli with a heap of jalapeños and a mountain of cheese, but to me they're more like a whole meal.
Thus we opted for the cheesy onion fries. The chips themselves are nothing to shout about but with the melted cheese, diced white onions and drenched in ketchup and mayo they make a delicious side.
The Halloumi burger - halloumi, mushrooms, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard and ketchup.
I love how they don't hold back on the halloumi, with great big chunks of fried cheesy goodness and lashings of the sauces (you know how I love a good, saucy burger). The burgers aren't huge in size but they are definitely filling.
The "Dead Hippie" - 2 mustard fried beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and diced onions.
So much oozing cheese and sauce *drools*.
Chunky, plump, succulent patties surrounded by the best of friends, pickles and onions. The bun is average, but I hear their MeatBurger comes with a bun grilled in butter! The patties are pink in the middle and incredibly juicy.
I didn't manage to take many other pictures as we were too busy catching up and gossiping!
Meat Liquor is 100% worth a visit, even if it's just for a few cocktails but the burgers are hard to ignore. You'll be envious of everyone else tucking in. I will definitely be returning to try the chilli dog or the dirty chicken burger. But before I do I think I'd like to hit up one of their sister restaurants Chicken Liquor (formerly WishBone) to try the deep fried mac 'n' cheese. Yes you read that correctly.
Queue: I visited on a Tuesday at 12:30pm and walked straight in. I've heard horror stories of the queues being hours long but apparently they bring out little nibbles of the fried pickles and onion rings to entice customers into staying.
Price: Just under £15 for a burger, fries and drink. The most expensive burger is £8.50 which is fab.
Ambience: Mental. Wacky interior, great tunes, friendly staff, too dark but would be fun for a funky, boozy evening fuelled by dirty food.
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.