MEATLiquor W1 Review
We’ve said it a few times here at Average Joes but we’ve always labelled the burgers at MEATliquor and its sister sites as the best London has to offer. So when we were invited to head down to the original LDN haunt, MEATliquor W1, we jumped at the chance. And we’re pleased to report not much has changed if you’re after a damn fine burger!
What originally started as a food truck named the ‘MEATwagon’, the MEATgang have quickly established themselves as one of London’s leading go-to burger joints thanks to their quirky, laidback, guerrilla-style restaurants which serve some of the juiciest patties you ever likely to find.
Their first restaurant in our great nation’s capital was Marylebone’s MEATliquor W1, and when it opened in 2011 it wasn’t uncommon for Joes and Janes in their mid-20s to wait an hour and half for a seat at this central London haunt. But thankfully, the queues have died down a little and we strolled straight in.
We should say from the off that we’re regulars at MEATliquor N1 and there are a few things about W1 we’re not huge fans of. For starters, the place is dark. Really dark. Which besides making it near impossible to take images for your viewing pleasure, it also makes for a nightclub feel with music – albeit very good tunes – blurting out over your conversation.
We’re also not massive fans of the décor. As well as being dimly lit like a brothel, the skull-and-owl-centric graffiti and red splatted paint to the tune of an abattoir is undoubtedly unique, but it can also feel a little unwelcoming when you compare it to the well-lit open-plan feel of MEATliquor N1.
The saving grace for MEATliquor W1 is that the food, as always, is superb. All the MEATclassics are available with The Dead Hippie, Dirty Chicken Burger, Deep Fried Pickles and Chili Cheese Fries all on offer. We went for the iconic Bacon Cheeseburger, which we recently named one of the best in London for a very good reason. Succulent, juicy, packed full of flavour – it really doesn’t get much better.
As always the food is served diner-esque, coming in baskets and bowls with greaseproof paper, to be eaten messily with the hands. Last night we also opted for the Deep Fried Mac and Cheese, a relatively recent addition to the menu. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, it’s probably better than that. Crisp, stringy, and not too overwhelming thanks to the accompanying marinara dipping sauce.
We rarely do desserts but we also had to try the newly added limited edition Jägermeister ripple ice cream. Odd on paper maybe, but if you like your Jäger, you’ll love it. Rich and smooth with just enough Jägermeister ripple to make a difference but not enough to dominate the creamy goodness.
The beer options aren’t extensive, but they’re all quality nevertheless. We tried the Grapefruit version of High Wire IPA from Magic Rock Brewing – just to say we had, really. A tribute to the Pale Ales of the West Coast of America, it was unapologetically hoppy and packed a zing with a crisply bitter finish. It won’t be for everyone but we genuinely loved it.
The only other minor criticism we’d put forward of MEATliquor W1 was the staff weren’t as attentive as they probably should have been. We did have to ask to order food and pay the bill having waited a little while. They were still polite nonetheless.
MEATliquor W1 is open daily at 74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA – around a 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus or Bond Street.