MEATliquor

76 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 0BA - View on a map
020 7224 4239.

MEATliquor Restaurant In Liverpool
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Overall 4.3
Food 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.0
Value 4.3

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Yianni Papoutsis of Meatwagon and #meateasy fame has opened his eagerly awaited diner-come-dive-bar on Welbeck Street W1. The former Italian restaurant site has been given a suitably edgy makeover - think dim lighting, graffiti-style artwork and diner-style banquettes. Diners can expect a late license, no reservations, potent jam jar cocktails, and a menu of familiar favourites and some new surprises. Don't miss the infamous burgers, the messy and meaty Philly cheesesteaks, and the delicious chicken wings doused in their secret hot sauce.

- November 2011

what the critics say

Telegraph

Zoe Williams

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - If I'd known it would be an hour and a half, on a freezing Tuesday night in January, between joining it and sitting down...well, I still would have done it. But I did it so you don't have to...Then the burgers arrived. M and I had chilli cheese. C had a plain cheeseburger. They were monumentally succulent, the chilli actually worked in this context, the cheese was mild but not characterless, the bun was, well, perfectly bunnish. There probably isn't a better burger to be had in London for 6.50.

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As town seemed quiet today my partner and I thought we would see if we could get a table at Meat Liquor without having to queue for too long - we often pass here at weekends and have seen the line snaking down the road! We obviously chose the right day and time because we were able to be seated straight away (the queue was in place by the time we left).

The day was bright and sunny outside so it was quite a contrast to enter the dim interior of this restaurant, though once I got used to it it wasn't too bad and I was eventually able to read the menu (I'm just getting old really)! The decor is amazing and the atmosphere exciting and vibrant. The staff were polite, attentive, friendly and very helpful.

The food was simply fantastic - I had the green chilli burger and my other half had the mushroom cheese burger - they reminded us of good burgers that we've eaten in the States. The onion rings were huge and not too greasy and the fries lovely. These were probably the best burgers that we've eaten in England and we have eaten a fair few!! We were grateful for the roll of kitchen paper on the table, this was a good idea, because the burgers were so juicy and messy.

We were in and out in 40 minutes, which is absolutely fine for this kind of establishment, and I would definitely return and also recommend this place to friends.
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FrFlatt
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8
Friday, April 06, 2012

Oftentimes, when a restaurant is talked about and reviewed to such epic proportions, the reality can only be a bit of a disappointment. With this in mind, and after wanting to visit Meat Liquor since it opened, we headed there with an element of trepidation on Thursday night.

The much-mentioned queue was already pretty sizeable just before 7pm but moved at a fairly reasonable rate and we were seated just over an hour later. It's true that the place is quite loud and grungy feeling but not ridiculously so, and service was efficient and friendly.

The cocktails, of which there are many to choose from, were well made and at prices you would expect in London, circa £7 a go. There are also wines and beers but with cocktails this good, I would definitely budget for a couple of those when visiting - particularly the Donkey Punch or Cyder Car!

On to the food - we started with unbelievably good buffalo wings which were plentiful for only £5, alongside some of the deep-fried pickles. Both were delicious and accompanied by a very well balanced and creamy blue cheese dip. When it came to the main event - the burgers - we opted for the chilli cheeseburger and the cheeseburger. Good, juicy burgers well cooked and full of pickles and a bit of salad, all held together admirably by a sturdy bun which didn't fall to pieces the second you took a bite.

We finished rather greedily on the pecan pie and crack pie, both of which were yummy and the perfect end to the meal. The bill was very reasonable and in short, a belly-busting but enjoyable experience was had by all!

If I had to sum this place up in one line it would undoubtedly be 'Forget the queue, believe the hype and go'!!
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SJP - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9
Friday, March 09, 2012

Arrived just after 7:00pm on a Saturday. The wait wasn't too long. Food was great. (May be the best burger I've had in London.) Loved the interior. Go see for yourself.
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LoLDN
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9
Saturday, March 03, 2012

I went to Meat Liquor sometime ago with my girfriend straight from work and were amazed to see the long queue that had formed already. My partner had attempted to come before but unfortunately, had to give up on it after 1 hour of waiting in line.

We got in the place after about an hour of standing in the cold and were greeted by a dark and dingy place with lots of red and black, and some fairly loud music playing, which created a really great vibe and atmosphere.

I found the service to be very friendly and accomodating and we were fed within 30 minutes of ordering.

I will admit, standing outside in the cold for 45 minutes really wasn't very fun but it was definately worth it! The "Dead Hippie" Burger I can honestly say is the best burger I have ever eaten. The chips were really nice too and my girfriend really enjoyed her chilli cheesburger.

My only regret was not sampling some of their Chilli Cheese Fries which looked absolutely delicous! I will definitely be ordering some of them when I go back.

I really liked the music in the place as well which set a really great rocky vibe in the place without being too loud and detracting from conversation and the food.

Overall I though this place was absolutely amazing and I will going back very soon, and very often!!!
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Christian - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Friday, March 02, 2012

I'll admit the burgers are good but nowhere near as good as they should be for somewhere as inflexible, unaccommodating and pretentious as this place.

Their ridiculous door policy is pride of place on the website and their miserable staff rigidly enforces it.

Things don't get any better inside either. We waited over an hour for our order to be taken and when asking for additional toppings we were told “you can take off but you can't add on" despite offering to pay for it.

You have to admire their staff though, miserable to the bitter end. Even when calmly explaining why we weren’t leaving a tip she maintained that this was how all New York diners operated. I lived in New York for 2yrs and nothing was too much trouble.

Do yourself a favour and give this place a wide berth.

Get a better burger, better service and better atmosphere at the Hawksmoor.....or burger king for that matter!
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jonathan nosworthy
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 7 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1
Monday, February 06, 2012

Definitely London's best cheeseburger, in terms of flavour, consistency, texture and non-collapsibility. The sides were also delicious. Shame about the chick-problem waitress who delivered our order to the couple next door. We suggested that as we had been there 20 mins already and they had just sat down, and the order was exactly what we had ordered but not what they had ordered, perhaps that was ours. She thought not, leaving it next door while she 'went to check', And was never seen again. Except when she brought next door's order to them without a mention of the previous mistake, which we had sorted out between ourselves. Weird. And quite rude.
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HW3 - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 10 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8
Friday, January 20, 2012

Went to Meat Liquor last night. really loved the attitude on the website about not taking bookings, thought it was very funny.

We had to queue for about 20 minutes but it really is worth it. I said to my partner on the way in that the staff looked brilliant and they really were. They recommended cocktails, they were funny and most of all, even though they were worked off their feet they had so much time for us.

The food is great American slap up grub, does it exactly what it says on the tin. We of course over-ordered and got buffalo wings, two burgers, fries onion rings AND slaw but it was all ace. All so reasonably priced as well!

Yes, its a bit rowdy and yes the music is loud but who cares? We don't all want to be sat in stuffy 'polite' restaurants all the time!

Recommend to anyone and I would go back.
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Stringer Love - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10
Thursday, January 12, 2012

I can't understand some of the criticisms directed at MEAT Liquor. Obviously if you don't like dim lighting, loud (but excellent) music, and a bit of a queue, then it might not be the place for you. Similarly, if you're expecting the second coming - understandable given all the hype - then you might like to remember that IT'S JUST A BURGER, but a damn good one at that.

I fell in love with the meat when it was still served from a wagon so I guess I'm just grateful to be able to sit down (inside!) and have a few of their potent cocktails while I wait for my grease feast. I like the burgers and the messy Philly cheese steak but the menu's unsung hero has to be the buffalo chicken burger - a winning combo of crispy fried chicken, doused in hot sauce, and slammed in a bun with a bit of creamy slaw. If you can eat it without ending up with Hot Sauce Face, I salute you.

Don't leave without trying the Crack Pie - their take on the Momofuku classic. Their boozy ice-cream is great too. Service can be a little scatty, with waitresses seemingly hired for cool factor rather than experience, but I've never waited too long for my food and they're always friendly. I love the dark artwork and the dive bar vibe and have taken guests aged 21-55 who have all been equally impressed. SO glad to finally have somewhere to eat near Bond Street.
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-K- - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Good burgers, but too dark to see menu.
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Toots
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7
Friday, December 30, 2011

If you had the good fortune to visit #meateasy in New Cross in the early months of 2011 you might find Meat Liquor a little bit of a let-down. However, as Hunter himself sort of said: "the kind of peak that never comes again. New Cross in early 2011 was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words, food, music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . . "

We rocked up at Meat Liquor on a Friday night around 6pm hoping to beat the queue and sure enough we walked straight in and had our choice of tables. Feeling a little bit "sensitive" after a long hard week we grabbed a table in the slightly quieter area at the back of the restaurant to the left of the bar - this would be a good spot if you are with a large party.

The trademark literary 'wallpaper' from the New Cross venue was in place and the dim red lighting, excellent soundtrack and somewhat scatty service made this all feel very familiar despite the new location in the heart of the beast.

We kicked off our evening with a selection of cocktails from the very inviting, well-priced drinks menu. As before these well put-together concoctions came in jam jars and really hit the spot. I particularly liked the novel take on the Negroni while the House Grog was a very tasty rum based creeper which is sensibly limited to a maximum order of two per person - not sure the good Doctor would have approved of this bit of nannying though. We teamed our drinks up with the already legendary deep-fried pickles, which - trust me on this one- no trip to Meat Liquor should be without.

Suitably lubricated we were now ready for our burgers and despite the carnage around us in the fast filling restaurant we managed to get the attention of a charming burgerette and place our order. Half an hour later we were deep into burger heaven. My chilli burger was just lovely with plenty of heat and a great charred patty packing plenty of flavour. I tried a small bite of B's chilli chicken burger and for one brief moment had a touch of the food envy. Our dining companions, big Phil and the delightful Kate (who had been mistaken for a stripper from the "club" next door) were also swooning over their choices and comparing the Meat Liquor offering very favourably with the burgers they had enjoyed during the summer at "The Rye".

The side dishes, and in particular the fries, are a big improvement on the New Cross days. The slaw was very tasty and for those folk who don't get what this place is all about, there is a red neon sign bearing the legend "meat" over the front door, you even have a small "rabbit food" section on the menu.

We washed all this meaty goodness down with some fine wine from the short but well put together and reasonably priced wine list. Not sure I noticed it on our visit but anywhere with wine by the awesome Charles Smith on the wine list gets a big thumbs up from me.

We left at some point around 9pm well fed, with our wallets intact and glad we were not in the ever growing queue of foodie hipsters snaking their way down the street. This year has seen me on a bit of a burger pilgrimage around the capital and Meat Liquor is definitely top five in my book. This dark, dirty, sexy dive of a place will definitely not be too everyone's taste but we are already planning a return visit in the New Year.
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Nunhead Neil
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Sunday, December 18, 2011


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Bellaphon

Bellaphon

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - Yes, vegetarians can eat here. The halloumi burger was succulent, delicious even. The onion rings looked like enormous stacks of doughnuts. The beer batter was the right combination of fluffy and crisp...By now the kitchen had caught up and Les got a burger. He wasn't that impressed, said it wasn't seasoned enough and not medium rare...I would return for the food, but restaurants like this are for those in their 20s to early 30s. You'd need a stun gun to get me back there.

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