MEAT Liquor at Neon Cactus, Leeds

I've heard a lot of good things about MEAT Liquor in London. What started as a popup burger 'van turned into to one of London's most achingly cool places to fill your face with meat, and liquor. But most importantly, the burgers seemed to live up to the hype.

So when I heard the guys were coming up to Leeds for one day only, and serving their acclaimed burgers in one of Leeds better cocktail bars (Neon Cactus on Call Lane) I knew I had to be there.

The burgers didn't dissapoint. Super juicy meat, pink in the middle and crispy but not burnt on the outside, wrapped in a soft bun with chunky gherkins and either ketchup and mustard or secret sauce, depending on your preference. They were really good, my favourite being the classic ketchup and mustard 'double bubble' over the other secret sauce variety.

It wasn't all plain sailing though. The guys behind the bar were doing a fine job of keeping everyone well oiled with cocktails but the serving staff seemed flustered and a touch confused as to what the hell was going on. The 'fast food' took a long time to arrive and a request for a second burger (no fries or sides available!) was met with another 30 minute wait.

I can see how the system would be great if you were just there for a few drinks and a burger if you fancied it, but when you're starving and want to eat a meal, the whole process seemed unnecessarily complicated and drawn out. I'd like to see what these guys can do in their own joint because the bit which they had most control over here, the burgers, were the only part that didn't dissapoint.


  1. Selling pink burgers, they have to move around. Keeps 'em one step ahead of the Food Standards Agency.

  2. Quite glad I didn't bother in the end. I could have manned up for the burgers, but was in too delicate a state of mind/body to handle waiting around drinking booze!