On a recent business trip to Scotland, we decided to take in the sights and sounds of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the evening. This has long been an ambition of mine and although this was a fleeting visit, we took the opportunity to take in some interesting food along the way.
On the recommendation of Mr Manwich, our resident sandwich guru, we booked in at a pop up restaurant in the backstreet cool bar, Cabaret Voltaire. Now I’m old enough to remember the new wave electronic band of the same name – so it was a good start to proceedings. The bar was an underground vault and struck the right hipster note in terms of vibe and setting.
The pop up was called the Hotdog Hijack and very interesting it was too. Fast, dirty food washed down with decent vino accompanied by some quite serviceable pizzas. Service was a bit slow but they’d run out of buns as the waitress informed us breathlessly as she dashed off to the shop to buy some more. My chilli dog ‘El Dog Bandito’ was on time and on the money, but some of our party weren’t so lucky.
It wasn’t high brow but it fitted in well with the random, fun nature of the Fringe though, and as we wandered off to see our first comedian of the night we felt pretty happy with our choice.
Here’s a picture of a hot dog:
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.