A lot has already been said about MEATmarket, the Covent Garden outpost of the Meatwagon chain, but I’ll toss in my two cents, keeping it brief. A couple of friends and I visited on a Friday night at about half past seven and I was surprised to see no queue whatsover. It took all of a few minutes to decide what to order between us, place our orders and then grab a table. The location above the Jubilee Market in Covent Garden made it all quite noisy with metal poles and tables clanging together down below us as the market was set up or taken down (we couldn’t tell which!). If the weather had been better that evening, it would have been nice to take away our order.
Between the three of us, we ordered most of the burgers/sandwiches on offer and all their sides. Their Philly Cheesesteak (£8.00) was alright. It was an impressive, overflowing meaty monster but it was almost overwhelmingly peppery and had too much green pepper.
The Black Palace (£7.50) was a double cheeseburger with plenty of grilled onions. Unfortunately, this was just too greasy (it’s pretty apparent in the photo below). Everything was slip sliding all over the place – the burger could barely stay together in its wrapper and had absolutely no chance when unwrapped.
Best of the bunch was the Dead Hippy (£7.50), their supposed take on In-N-Out’s Double Double Cheeseburger Animal Style (but doesn’t an animal style burger have grilled onions?). Two patties, cheese, special sauce, lettuce, onions, pickle. Hmm…it sounds a bit like a Big Mac. OK, whatever it’s supposed to emulate, it was a fantastic burger.
The deep fried sides were all excellent. The Fries (£3.00) were crisp and the perfect burger accompaniment. The Poppaz (£4.00) were brilliant jalapeño and cheese croquettes that were best when fresh out of the fryer.
Corn Puppies (£4.00) were mini corn dogs made with little Polish sausages. These were delicious with their tender cornbread exteriors, taut sausage skins and the sweet mustard dip.
A huge queue formed just as we were finishing our meal (oof, we were stuffed) and it was a good thing we were done too as our table was right in the middle of it all. It’s not a place to linger but I still prefer this outpost to MEATliquor behind Oxford Street since the queue moves quickly here and there’s lots of light to actually see your food. It just feels a bit wrong to me to queue for so long just for a burger (that said, MEATliquor’s Buffalo chicken burger was amazing).
Should I bother with the hot dogs or should I just stick to the fabulous Dead Hippy?
Jubilee Market Hall
London WC2E 8BE