Cult London burger joint MEATliquor serves up diner-style American comfort food, and cocktails with edgy flavours
Think British food is all about fish and chips and hearty English breakfasts? Popular London restaurant MEATLiquor, which has arrived on our shores in the hot Duxton ‘hood, will change your mind with its American-style comfort food. On the menu, you’ll find bangin’ burgers, swish cocktails and deep fried goodness slathered in cheese, chili or blue cheese dip we just can’t get enough of.
Decked in diner-style décor with occult-themed graffiti and theatrical artwork, the place screams edgy rock and roll – but don’t worry about feeling out of place here as the staff are extremely welcoming. We stepped into the famed burger joint with wide eyes and empty stomachs (necessary for the Man Vs Food like grub here – okay we’re only mildly exaggerating).
The burgers are the show-stoppers here – extremely moreish, greasy and oh-so-sinful, they mostly range below the $20 mark. Signature dishes like the Dead Hippie ($22) burgers are a cult favourite among Londoners and it’s easy to see why – they’re absolutely delish. Unlike the regular cheeseburger, the melt-in-your-mouth beef patties are fried in mustard and smothered in their ultra-secret Dead Hippie sauce.
If you want to try something other than a regular beef burger, the Buffalo Chicken burger ($20) is a stunner. A twist on the Dirty Chicken Burger ($16), the crispy, tender meat is coated with hot home-made pepper sauce and sandwiched in between shredded lettuce, red onions and blue cheese sauce – which delivers the tangy, sour kick to complement the heat from the hot sauce.
The sides are must-orders. The Sambal Fries ($10) – an ode to our local taste buds- are addictive and offers a fresh change in palate from the restaurant’s other Southern-style offerings. Other highly recommended bits and bobs are the pillowy and enormous onion rings ($9) and Monkey Fingers ($18) – crispy battered chicken fillets in home-made hot pepper sauce.
Drinks-wise, we tried a selection of cocktails and each was wickedly potent.The Space Gin Smash ($22) – a mix of London dry gin, fresh lemon juice, elderflower cordial, mint and grape – is a refreshing concoction to counter any post-meal bloating. What truly delighted us, however, was the Pina Colada – the burnt coconut meringue delivered a creamy, tropical punch to end off a hearty meal.
MEATliquor, 99 Duxton Road, Singapore 089543, p. 6221 5343. Open Tues-Fri 5pm-2am, 6pm-10:30pm, Sat 5pm-3am.