MEATliquor

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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MEATliquor – 74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA, London, UK
Burger:
Green Chili Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
6
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
£8/$14.60 AUD
Summary

You can’t accuse the gents behind MEATLiquor of being ambiguous. When you hear about it or see its neon signs there isn’t much left to the imagination right? You might expect MEATliquor to be a little like what everyone else is doing: embracing the classic diner style with a little bit of alcohol to sip on the side. Well, it’s a little bit of the opposite. When you do manage to be let in by the bouncer (after waiting for an hour), that first step inside the dark, loud, graffiti soaked venue resembles more of a nightclub than a restaurant. Don’t be fooled by all of this because MEATliquor is still all about meat and liquor. The people behind it all started it in what’s looking like a trend for most success stories: humble beginnings serving out of a van (MEATwagon), then moving to pop ups (#MEATeasy) and finally to a couple of fixed spots (recently opened in Brighton). The guys are Chef Yiannis Papoutsis and Scott Collins, who met at MEATwagon one night. Collins was so impressed with the product that he arranged for Chef Yiannis to open up at Collin’s pub for a night – then the word spread. With an all-out attitude that dares you to eat and drink ’til you drop, their menu consists of plenty of juicy burgers and drinks to make you stumble home. After a recommendation from one of the waitresses/burgerettes I went for the Chili Cheeseburger that came with a beef pattie, chili butter, cheese, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard and ketchup (and a Jameson to boot).

Comments
“The first bite was great: soft and with a hit of spice. But then it got boring. The spice did have some kick, but it wasn’t enough to force my tastebuds into submission. I imagine the cheese, that I completley missed, did its part in calming the chillis fire. The beef was a nice pink on the inside with lots of char on the outside but it had no character. It tasted under-salted and didn’t have any boldness to it. This place has lots of street cred, so if I went back I’d like try their simple meat and bun burger, as I think the chilli (although tasty) didn’t do the beef any favours.”
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Patty & Bun

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Patty & Bun – 54 James St, W1U 1HE London, UK
Burger:
ARI GOLD Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
9 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
£7.50/$13.50 AUD
Summary

When you’ve got an idea and the passion to drive said idea, chances are you’ll do alright. Patty & Bun is the story of Joe Grossman: a young Englishman who’s great at what he loves doing. After a trip to the States and experiencing the awesomeness that Shake Shack delivered, he saw potential back home amid the street/dude-food boom and began on his own adventure to out-do the yanks at their own game. Much research and many recipe experiments later, Grossman began to pop-up with his burgers at different bars and locales around London. His followers started to grow and grow and so when it came to open his first permanent establishment there’s no surprise that there are queues out the door. I patiently waited my name to be called, took a seat and then ordered what many call London’s best burger: the ARI GOLD Cheeseburger. It came with a grass fed 35 day aged Aberdeen Angus beef pattie, cheese, lettuce, pickled onions, ketchup, smoked P&B mustard mayo in between a glazed brioche bun.

Comments
“It was 20 minute wait. But, it was also a hot London day, so sitting on the bench outside (purpose built for waiting) I soaked the weather up. The burger came fully clothed in wax paper and as my boy D always boasts, “Good things come in wax packages”. I unwrapped the little guy with some eagerness and to be truthful I wasn’t ready for what I was about to see. It’s like I was 13 and my Christmas gift had been mistakenly swapped for a stack of Playboys. I wanted to take this burger upstairs to my room and make it mine. It was so darn sexy and so darn cheesey. The smokiness, saltiness and softness of the patty and bun combo made me glad I was sitting down as my legs would’ve probably given way. I didn’t taste too much of the pickles but the red onions were sweet enough for me not too notice. It’s hard to imagine but my Ari Gold experience left me cursing more than the character it’s named after – so f****en good.”
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Foxcroft and Ginger

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Foxcroft and Ginger – 3 Berwick St, Soho, London, W1F 0DR, UK
Burger:
Toulouse Sausage
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
£4.50
Summary

With the “endeavour to serve London’s Best Sandwich” in mind, the chefs at Foxcroft and Ginger spend their time researching techniques to enhance each powerful flavour and to match them with an unsuspecting partner. Set in an industrial warehouse-style space, they served up a Toulouse sausage, home-made onion jam, and herb salad all on their own Ciabatta bun.

Comments
“I almost didn’t buy this burger as I was quite scared of the large, crusty Ciabatta bun and the fact that it had been pre-made. I was even more intimidated when it was served on a giant plank of wood. All these factors combined resulted in me being pleasantly surprised as to how awesome it actually tasted. It had really rustic individual flavours that tasted amazing on their own and even better together. This is the kind of place where you’d love to try everything on the menu.”


Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Gourmet Burger Kitchen – 160 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill,
London, W11 2EB, UK
Burger:
Cheese
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
£7.35
Summary

GBK was founded in 2001 by 3 Kiwis. Since then it has rapidly expanded to over 50 restaurants in the UK, and now includes international locations such as Ireland, Turkey, Greece, Dubai and Oman. With a diverse menu that even has one burger using mango and ginger, head-chef Peter Gordon uses a new and innovative approach towards traditional burger recipes. This particular Adventure however, tackled their classic Cheeseburger, which uses aged cheddar atop 100% Aberdeen Angus Beef with salad, mayonnaise and relish.

Comments
“These guys really take pride in their burgers. I could really taste the freshness of all of the ingredients. However, when the price is taken into consideration you think you’d be getting something a little more special. The beef was evenly cooked and well seasoned, and the crunch from the Spanish onion rounded out quite an enjoyable burger. They have so many options on their menu, I really want to get back there to try them all. I’d best start saving my pennies now then…”


Haché

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Haché – 329-331 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London, SW10 9QL, UK
Burger:
Haché Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
£8.45
Summary

We thought we’d include an exert from from Haché’s website that decribes them to a tee…

haché [adj] (pronounced ashay) vt minced viance, derives from the French ‘to chop’

“We set out to produce the best and most innovative burgers to be found anywhere. Restaurants depend on consistency of quality, so we make life as simple as possible by serving only the best of everything.”

The Haché burgers are served on a fresh Ciabatta bun with roquette, beef, tomato, sliced sweet red onion, special Haché mayo and two slices of premium melted mature cheddar cheese..

Comments
“I’ve never been a huge fan of big crusty buns like Ciabatta for a burger, but this bun soaked up all the juices perfectly and kept everything together, trapping in all the flavours. The beef was excellent and I loved how the house mayo and cheddar cheese worked together in adding a nice creaminess that took the burger to another level. All in all, the behind the scenes research and development combined with a fancy restaurant environment have really paid off. When it came to ask for the bill it came out with a small bowl of Smarties which was a really nice touch to finish off a great meal.”


Bodean’s

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Bodean’s – Cr Poland & D’Arblay St, Soho, London, W1F 8PZ, UK
Burger:
8oz. Prime Beef Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
£6.95, add £1.00 for Monterey Jack Cheese
Summary

Just a two minute stroll from London’s busiest retail jungle Oxford Street, Bodean’s West in Soho is the deli-up, dinner-down, split-level destination for those after the authentic taste of the great American outdoors right in the heart of London. The burger offered is 8oz. of 100% prime beef, topped with Monterey Jack, tomato, lettuce, red onions and pickles, all on a toasted sesame seed bun, served with a side of fries.

Comments
“I felt like I was in a traditional American sports bar, with American beers, ESPN on the many plasmas and the word BBQ written everywhere. I was instantly impressed when they asked how I wanted my beef cooked (medium-rare). I then proceeded to collect my toolbox full of condiments and eagerly awaited the burger. When it arrived I found the beef was cooked precisely the way I had asked, with just the right amount of juiciness and seasoning. The cheese didn’t take away from the flavour of the beef and the bun kept it all together with too much slide. The homemade mayo and pickles on the side also meant you could add that extra bit of zest if you needed it.”


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