Monday, 7 February 2011

The Meat Easy

Last year, Charlotte reviewed the Meat Wagon on our blog. Charl's report made me more than a bit jealous that I had missed out on trying one of their now famous burgers that evening. Since then I had been keeping an eye on their website in the hopes that I would be able to find out the next time the wagon would be stationed nearby. Then, just before Christmas, the terrible news broke that the Meat Wagon van had been stolen!

I am sure any meat eating food fan in south London will be well aware by now that in the abscence of their mobile kitchen, the crew behind the Meat Wagon have set-up the Meat Easy which is above the Goldsmiths Tavern in New Cross where they cook up the same fabulous burgers as they did in the wagon. The pop-up restaurant will be there until at least mid-March by when they will hopefully have raised enough money to get a new van and hit the road once more.

A couple of weeks ago, Julia and I made the trip to see what all the fuss is about. After reviews in the Metro and Timeout and several tales of interminable waiting times we got there as early as we could on a saturday to hopefully beat the crowds. We made our way round the back of the Goldsmiths Tavern, past a mountain of rubbish bags, up the metal stair case and into the Meat Easy, the advertised opening time is 6pm but we got there at 5.30pm and the doors were already open and people were tucking into food and drinks. We were handed tickets number 23 and 24 and didn't have to wait long before our numbers were called and we could place our order, we were happily munching our burgers by 6.30pm! I definitely wouldn't have minded a longer wait just sat on a comfy sofa, sipping drinks out of jam jars, listening to good tunes and absorbing the atmosphere. However by 6pm the place was pretty packed and I wouldn't have fancied standing up by the bar for too much of the evening.

The burgers were cooked perfectly, still slightly pink in the middle, the cheese was tasty and under the burger were plenty of crunchy gherkins. The grease pours over your hands as you devour it but luckily there are large rolls of kitchen towel on hand to wipe up the mess.

They have a few other things on the menu like chilli dogs and macaroni cheese but I think I would have to visit several more times before even considering straying away from choosing a burger.

I thought the prices were reasonable, given the decent quality ingredients. The cheese burgers were £6.00 each and sides (we had a portion of fries and onion rings between us) were £3.00 each. The cocktails being served up looked excellent but we did not try any (definitely next time!), our soft drinks were only £1.00 so the total came to £10.00 each!

My advice - go there and sample a burger while you know where to find them, and get there early!

Rachael x


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