Meat House London – Islington
With leather-style brown seating and Ikea inspired pendant lamps, no expenses seem to have been spared in decking this place out. The restaurant’s smart decor and brightly lit ambience will certainly leave a lasting impression.
Though MHL is said to be Halal certified, it does have a cocktail bar, and a large one at that, near its entrance.
Having said that, however, a table or booth can easily be found a comfortable distance away from said bar for those sensitive to such things.
All cooking takes place downstairs in the basement by chefs who, we were told, “have worked under top chefs”.
What is more, everything is in-house made aside from the sweet potatoes and fries.
This fizzy passion fruit cocktail maybe a little too sweet for some, but there was no questioning its strength of flavour and the tangy-lemony after kick.
The Watermelon Cocktail, however, seemed to have sugar added to it making it far sweeter, though less fizzy, than its counterpart. The flavour of the watermelon came through well.
Although the shake came to us attractively packaged, with a whole Oreo and a waffle stick for garnish, it was a little on the milky side. Despite that, it was well made.
A simple, straightforward dish this. The king prawns were a tad chewy, but the squeeze of lemon made these a pleasant alternative to the oft-ordered wings and nachos.
Though nothing negative, this was met by mixed reviews. While considered average by one Lion, the others appreciated it for both its freshness and its distinct flavours and textures.
With ordinary Dorito-style crunchy nachos, and a well made yet mildly spiced Chilli Con Carne, this starter had proper melted cheese and not the usual cream cheese as a topping, finely diced fresh tomatoes, crunchy red onions, and the rest of the condiments, which all combined to deliver a tangy cacophony of flavours and textures.
The wings were well cooked enough, but tiny little things! Usually served five per portion, what we had for review purposes were all the flavours on offer.
The Hot Sauce was strong in its Tabasco flavour though a tad salty; the Teriyaki subtle in taste; and the BBQ mild, yet the best of the three.
Overall, quite disappointing!
These tender, slow cooked, smokey sweet BBQ short ribs were full of flavour and succulent. With a smooth, creamy mash and an assortment of well cooked veggies, this proved to be a satisfying dish.
The meat was juicy, tender, full of flavour, and went really well with the pulled beef, caramelised red onions, and a good amount of mayo.
We were left thoroughly impressed and licking our fingers.
Not quite as good as the one we had at BRGR.Co, but the chicken breast here was incredibly crispy.
And though relatively flavourful, what this burger needed, or more accurately, lacked was a good, complimentary sauce.
Just needs that something extra to lift it.
Had to give this Halloumi-based burger a try after voting Band of Burgers’ (BoB) Halloumi of Fame as one of London’s best.
This wasn’t quite as good, but it was still pretty decent.
With a crispy bun, and good layers, the flavours here weren’t as distinct as BoB’s; nevertheless, the Halloumi was well cooked and the burger full of flavour.
What it perhaps needed, however, was more sauce to bring it altogether into a coherent whole.
All steaks are served with a side and a sauce of your choice – Bearnaise, Mushroom or Peppercorn.
The Bearnaise was deliciously buttery and chivy.
The Pepper was mild and delicate in flavour, though perhaps a little over watery.
But the Mushroom… oh the Mushroom was unbelievable! Rich and buttery, and so addictive that we were compelled to have it twice over.
The side we opted for was the spicy rice. Glad we did too because not only was the rice well cooked, but also aromatic with the spices lingering on the palate and a light pleasant burning sensation left at the back of throat.
All in all, the rice went really well with the steak, the crunchy and fresh coleslaw, and the assortment of well-cooked charred vegetables – vine tomatoes, carrots and courgettes.
Really enjoyed this grilled Salmon dish too. Perfectly cooked with an ultra-crispy glazed top, the salmon steaks were tender and juicy. A great alternative if you’re looking for something other than all that meat.
These crepes weren’t bad, but they weren’t that outstanding either. The non-crispy crepe was soft with a thick layer of gooey peanut butter on the inside. The combination of this along with the chocolate flakes, vanilla ice cream, and peanut sauce made for a tasty end to the meal.
Again, this crepe had a lovely thick layer of chocolate brownie on the inside with a slight bitter aftertaste. Quite tasty when combined with the rest.
There waffles had more of a cake-like texture than the familiar lighter texture of a freshly cooked waffle. Having said that though, it was okay. We didn’t quite pick up on the coconut flavour. And we would have also preferred the mangoes to perhaps be grilled and, thus, slightly caramelised to bring an additional texture to the dish, rather than just added on top.
Again, having bananas lazily cut up and plonked atop of a waffle doesn’t make us want to jump up and down in joy. Why not do something different, like grill them to add a sticky, caramelised texture that would then properly compliment the cold vanilla ice cream. For what it was though, the overall combo of flavours were pleasant enough.
- YES/ NO
- CHILD SEATING
Given the range and quality of some of the dishes, you wouldn't think this place only opened its doors three months ago on the 1st of March. That's not to say that there aren't any improvements to be made to the menu. But, on the basis of what we've seen, it won't be long we think before these creases are ironed out.
If we were to recommend a meal, it'd be the: Passion Fruit Cocktail, Nachos, Tomahawk steak, and the Caramel Peanut Crepe for dessert.
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This piece of art was apparently there since before MHL moved in. What do you think, a genuine Pegasus street art?