MEATmarket – burgers in the fast lane

7 May 2012

Following on from the success of the MEATwagon and MEATliquor, the same team have opened up a new burger joint in town. Located in Jubilee Market, Covent Garden the place has been given the very appropriate name MEATmarket. I popped down on their opening day on Thursday to check it out.

MEATmarket

MEATmarket

If MEATliquor is a dark burger dungeon, then MEATmarket is it’s polar opposite – it’s brighter twin brother, bathed in fluorescent lighting and decorative signage and situated in the heavens that is the balcony overlooking the tat and crafts of Jubilee Market. Seemingly modelled on fast food chains, MEATmarket comes across much more accessible and family friendly version of it’s evil twin. 

Decorative signage overlooking the seating area

Decorative signage overlooking the seating area

Soft drinks are bottomless and burgers on offer include the classics Dead Hippy, Double Bubble, Philly Cheesesteak and a new addition, the Black Palace Burger; a double patty burger filled with grilled onions – this is MEATmarket’s nod to the American, fast food, burger chain White Castle.

The Black Palace Burger

The Black Palace Burger

I ordered the Black Palace burger and found it to be very good, with their signature beef patties beautifully grilled on the outside and perfectly pink in the middle, oozing with bright yellow American cheese, some tanginess from the pickles and some sweetness from the grilled onions. The flavour was all there, the only thing lacking was a bit more seasoning.

Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak

My burger buddy in crime, Mr Tech Devourer went for the Philly Cheesesteak and Dead Hippy burger (which still remains my favourite offering from the MEATpurveors) and enjoyed both. Poppaz were also ordered which consisted of deep fried, crumbed, gooey cheesy bites of jalapeno and green pepper.

The Dead Hippy Burger

The Dead Hippy Burger

Hot Dogs are also on offer from the bacon wrapped Ripper to the Kraut and Corn Dog, which were both unavailable during our visit. The formerI suspect would have something to do with sauerkraut, while the  latter must refer to the classic battered sausage on a stick – one of my childhood favourites when drenched in ketchup. I’ll definitely be back for this!

Brown Hard Shake

Brown Hard Shake

Also to be returned for are the Hard Shakes. We had a Brown Shake which turned out to be a delicious creamy, vanilla thick shake laced with bourbon. Yum, very yum.

The interior of one of the poppaz

The interior of one of the poppaz

Being well aware of the queues every time I attempt to visit MEATliquor, it will be interesting to see how the convenience focussed MEATmarket concept will fare. If they can speedily get those burgers out to the throngs of hungry theatre goers, shoppers, tourists and food hipsters alike without sacrificing quality, then I don’t doubt this little market will very soon become yet another one of the hottest spots in town.

Entrance to MEATmarket on Tavistock Street

Entrance to MEATmarket on Tavistock Street

MEATmarket
The Deck
Jubilee Market Hall
Tavistock Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 8BE

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Check out Tech Devourer’s write up of MEATmarket.

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2 Responses to “MEATmarket – burgers in the fast lane”

  1. Hannah Crump 16 May 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    We have identical photos of that shake, they both look so boring but it was so amazing right?! Can’t wait to head back now.

    • Yeebot 16 May 2012 at 6:15 pm #

      Hell yes. :) Looks can definitely be deceiving! I too wish for more right now.