Meat Liquor

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This is a place in London I’ve been looking forward to visiting. It does what it says on the tin: Meat and Liquor. On trend dirtbag food and cocktails – perfect!

The menu is pretty simple: burgers, sliders, chilli fries, fried pickles – you get the picture… all served up with real attitude and great cocktails. The restaurant itself is very rock & roll too with nightclub-loud rock music (great playlist BTW) and super subdued lighting (ie almost pitch black) all adding to the Hollywood Boulevard vibe. The interior design of the restaurant is right out The Lost Boys too with uber cool graffiti montage imagery creating an exciting and almost illicit American roadhouse feel.

Prices were very reasonable too especially given the restaurant’s location near Mayfair. £8 for mains is very sensible and actually compared to Leeds prices, pretty much a bargain.

It’s worth noting there’s a no booking policy as is the other trend right now but as we were eating early doors, we strolled right in. When we left about 8pm there was a very long line waiting to be seated.

It’s very much a down with the kids joint and who am I to argue??? We had a fun time and if you fancy a really mischievous night out eating and drinking what you shouldn’t, then Meat Liquor is the place for you.

 

Monkey Bar – Bangalore, India

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In a cool, ramshackle district in the southern Indian city of Bangalore there’s an unassuming bar called Monkey. And if you weren’t a local you would almost certainly walk past the corner where its situated as the tuk tuks and buses fight for space.

Monkey has won interior design praise with its urban décor, retro cool decorations featuring old school vespas and star wars prints. Founded by the famous Indian chef – Manu Chandra of Olive fame, one could be in New York city or Leeds…but there is something else, an Indian twist to everything.

As very loud and very great tunes from the DJ upstairs blasted out we kicked off with a selection of house cocktails and special mention has to go to Mangaa, and Copper Monkey – vodka and whiskey based, infused with local flavours and spice. The food is a curious mix of western, Indian and Chinese along with straight bat wings, nachos, ribs etc. What was interesting was a whole section of offal – heart, brain, liver all delivered with taste attitude.

It’s a kind of Indian tapas style experience – very social with lots of small plated being shared – my favourites included:

Butterfly Chicken ‘Gangnam Style 😉Zesty shredded chicken sautéed with lime, basil, chili, black beans and green onions stuffed inside crisp butterfly shells

 Chilli BrainBrain cutlet with green chilli and fenugreek

Pickled BeefSpicy beef pickle with ker, sangri and curry leaves in gingery oil; served with hot pav and onion

Monkey is officially a gastro pub in Bangalore but for me it had none of the preachyness we can get in gastro pubs in the UK –  this was definitely a vibrant, unpretentious and essential place to come, eat and drink.