8 Nov 2011
It’s been a little while since my last blog post. Various factors have made it tricky for me to find the time recently, but it certainly hasn’t prevented me from eating! But what better way to tentatively take a step or two back on the blogging wagon than with a quick and dirty recount of my meal at the opening of Meat Liquor earlier this evening?
From the folks behind The Meatwagon and #MEATEASY, I’d been eagerly anticipating new incarnation Meat Liquor’s advertised opening day of the 11.11.11. However it was a tweet from Hollow Legs that alerted me to the fact that they had secretly opened early today. I work nearby so off I went to scope the place out.
Anyone who has had one of Yianni Papoutsis’ burgers will be familiar with the fare on offer at his new longer term and more accessible, central location just behind Oxford Street’s Debenhams on 72 Welbeck Street. Accompanying his classic burgers and Philly cheesesteaks are a range of cocktails, meaty side dishes and even a couple of “rabbit food” dishes (which we instantly discounted).
My Full English Martini – a strong, solid drink came served with a crispy bacon coated quails egg for dipping. Biting into it revealed a tanginess reminiscent of pickle juice, with the crunch of the bacony, light, outer coating.
“I Am Lomo” (Lomo being the Spanish word for tenderloin) was thinly sliced pork tenderloin, grilled and placed between a hamburger bun with chunks of fresh tomato and served as a starter. Although decent, it failed to excite.
Similarly the buffalo wings were fairly standard but the blue cheese sauce was amazing – creamy, garlicky with meltingly soft hunks of blue cheese, it tasted good with everything!
But as you might imagine, the real stars of the show and what Meat Liquor seemed to know best was beef! The Dead Hippie Burger containing a double beef patty made with a special, secret sauce was deliciously meaty, dripping with the juices of beef and pickle, oozing with melting cheese.
The Deep Fried Pickles which were ordered as a curiosity ended up being a surprise favourite. Who knew that juicy, tangy pickles could be so moreish when coated in crispy batter and deep fried?
And in case you felt you hadn’t had enough meat, a meal in itself, the side of Chilli Cheese Fries came with a generous topping of flavoursome beef, green pepper, onion and melted yellow cheese.
The total bill for our meal and a couple of drinks came to a reasonable £33.60 excluding service. In an area mostly filled with ubiquitous chains, Meat Liquor is a welcome addition to Central London and is definitely worth a visit. They serve food and drink until midnight, except for Fridays and Saturdays where they serve until 2am.
72 Welbeck Street
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