Interesting décor and friendly staff. Food however is served on a tray (keeps the wash up bill low) with generally poor quality somewhat tasteless ingredients. Burgers are a sloppy mess of grease and bun. Some interesting sides but quality and size of burgers are huge let down. It is not a million miles from Burger king in quality.
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Posted: Mon Nov 19 2012
They’re at it again. The meat-lovin’ crew that gave us Meat Wagon (a roving burger truck), Meat Liquor (burgers and booze) and Meat Market (above a Covent Garden market) have just spawned this Shoreditch offshoot. If you haven’t got the hang of the naming convention by now, this place serves meat in a mission – a former Christian mission. The plaque on the wall, dated 1915, pronounces that the building first opened with the aim of doing good works. We’re not sure what the aim of the current tenant is, but we do know that it focuses so hard on being trendy it’s in danger of losing its way.
The windowless main room is dark and grungy, with light only via a new stained glass ceiling – a diabolical expression of the Last Supper, where demonic skeletons break bread with sinister-looking hogs, and an all-seeing ‘Eye of Providence’ watches while you eat.
The music was more upbeat, on our visit veering from Nancy Sinatra to Shuggie Otis then Dolly Parton. Original features, such as the parquet floor, are juxtaposed by rough, back-to-basics elements: tables made from salvaged boards; glass demijohns (the kind used for home-brewing) hanging from the bar.
The cooking is equally rough ’n’ ready: alongside the burgers that made the Meat brand famous are new dishes, such as those served ‘onna plate’. Ours, a ‘chilli garbage plate’, was a dishevelled composition that began with a layer of fries, then chilli, then a beef burger patty, topped with melted cheese, finely diced onion and jalapeno, and a final drizzle of French’s mustard. Unfortunately, while this dish’s individual components delivered on texture and flavour, the sum of these parts, presented as a soggy, amorphous mass, did not equate to greater than the whole. Dinner for your dog, yes: dinner for you, not so much. Better was our ‘Peckham dip’, which saw folds of thinly-sliced beef heaped into a soft bun with sweet caramelised onions and a deeply bovine pot of gravy for dipping.
Service was over-eager to the point of being irritating. Our starter plate was whisked away while we were still chewing, and at one point, three waitresses in rapid succession interrupted us to ask the same question. Meat Mission looks good as a bar, but as a restaurant, it’s less likely to convert the unbelievers.
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If you like food so dripping with fat they have to give you an entire roll of kitchen towels to soak it up with then this is for you ! If you took the fat out of the burgers they would be the size of one pence coin. The antichristian decor (such as depicting the last supper but with animal heads and skulls for the apostles) could be viewed as trendy or distasteful depending on your point of view. I wonder if it would be trendy to depict religious figures from other faiths in such a way ?
After finishing work at 8pm on Friday night I go to meet my friends, who've been waiting an hour for a table, only to be told that I can't go in to join them and have to eat on my own because I've come late from work. After a small protest I leave and the 'ditchhead who prevents me from joining my friends then goes and tells them that I have a chip on my shoulder. When they get a table there're three spaces next to them. Food was reported to be average. What a let down on my only (brief) night out in the week
The average food was let down by abysmal service. I don't mind eating off a tray but when there's 8 people and only one tray... By the time any sort of cutlery or eating surface had arrived (we had to ask three different members of staff) the burger had disintegrated into mush. The whole thing felt like we were a massive inconvenience to the extremely stressed waiting staff. Over an hour to be seated (we turned up at 6.30) and even then we had to cram on to our benches because 'all the extra chairs were broken' - it was that or two of our party were eating on their own. One of our mains never turned up and after asking after it 3 or four time we gave up and shared between us.
Meat Mission 23/01/2012 Decor = trendy, interesting ceiling and decor Service = friendly staff and you can book which is a plus Food = tasty burgers Drink = interesting cocktails, worth a try but check all the ingredients :P Dessert = none yet on the menu but leaves space for more cocktails Atmosphere = friendly and fun Worth a visit!
I'm getting a little tired of the 'dude food' trend and found Meat Liquor a bit agressively trendy, though in spite of all that I loved this place. Sure a burger is always going to be a burger, but this was grease-down-the-chin delicious. And the Largerita (lager and margherita) cocktail was inspired. Swift service, the ability to book and less pretentious vibe helped made this a very enjoyable outing indeed.
Loved MEATmission, much better than Meatliquor. No queue as of yet ( guess this is due to it just opening) staff greet you warmly at the bar and you are sat either straight away ( on my first visit) or given a seat at the bar( second visit by the time I'd ordered a drink they had a table for me) food was too notch as usual, I had the chilli cheese fries and the peckham dip ( amazing by the way!) and staff were able to explain and recommend in detail which was a pleasant difference to other restaurants! The decor wasn't overtly over pretentious. If in honest I've been twice in 2 weeks, you either love it or you hate it but at least it is what it is and for me that's great.
This place is great! Really enjoyed everything about it, food, drink decor and music. Possibly best of all were all the folk who work there, you were all superb! I wish you every success and am already telling my friends so we can plan a trip back up to you again and again and again...... (makes me hungry just thinking about it)! :)