Monday, 16 July 2012

Meat Market

Last week I took some time off work to enjoy this wonderful British Summer we're having. Well that was the plan anyway! I think the sun shone for a whole hour. We had plenty planned, kicking off with a day in the big smoke with friends. Being friends with people who love to eat, I suggested Meat Market - the bastard lovechild of Meat Liquor. I have been but I won't flood the internet with yet another blog about that place. Safe to say, I love their burgers.

So Meat Market, tucked away in the Jubilee Market in Covent Garden. You wouldn't know it was there unless you were looking for it. And I recommend you do go look for it. You can find the address here.

Firstly, let me say - do not go here if you are a veggie. I think they probably have 1-2 things you'll be able to eat on the menu. As the sign below clearly states, they've got beef with veggies, and frankly so have I!

The menu is simple and there isn't much variety in the burgers. But they all sounded amazing, I struggled to decide and settled for the Black Palace. We all had chips - definitely something you can share after we saw the humongous burgers that arrived! They were juicy and ever so delightfully greasy. Mine fell apart a little but I didn't mind, I'm the messiest eater anyway so that was my excuse. The picture below does not do this beast justice - I was too eager to get my chops around it.

I love the way this food is served, rough and ready on trays and plenty of kitchen roll. It's very messy and you just have to get on with it. We went on a Wednesday afternoon around 3pm and it was empty so don't be scared by the rumour of queues - just pick a sensible time to go. It'd be worth the wait anyway!

Again, my photography skills showing me up here - it's very modern American diner inside, rough and ready like the servings. We had some Jalapeno Poppaz that quite literally exploded in our mouths, for me a little too hot. Make sure you get some of the 'Government Juice' (water).

After we'd all got thoroughly greased up, we had to try to Miami Nice. A combination of two different 'slushies' - Pina Colada and Strawberry Daquiri. Not for the faint hearted or if you're a bit of a lightweight. These were powerful rum cocktails that were just what we needed to start off our afternoon of boozing!

So in conclusion, the burgers here aren't as nice as Meat Liquor. However, they were greasy, quick and still very tasty. The Jalapeno Poppaz are too hot but delightfully gooey all the same. The beer is still too expensive - £3.80 for a can is expensive by London standards. But I'd go back - if only for the Miami Nice.

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