#MEATEASY - better late?

Not content with operating the hippest dive-cum-burger shack in London, #MEATEASY is gunning for the after-hours market now too with the first in an occasional series of Friday night slots, kicking off tomorrow. From the Meat Wagon website:

#MEATEASY will be hosting a number of DJ’s, parties, bands and sound systems after-hours over the next few weeks. We’re kicking things off on Friday 11th February with Towpath Festival favourites, the Kongo Sound System invading the space from 11pm onwards. We’ve installed a new sound system and we’ll be keeping the bar open until the small hours. Stay tuned for announcements of future after-hours events…

Food will be served as usual until 11pm. Reggae and booze till "very late".

Incidentally, Brockley Central's tip for beating the hipster crowds is to arrive before about 6:15. Even then you'll have to wait a bit for your food, but you should get a table at that time and the cocktails are ample distraction. There have been tales of waiting three hours or more in the past few weeks but on the evidence of a busy Tuesday this week they have a pretty slick system operating now so that may just be a thing of the past.

And anyway, the food is categorically worth both the wait and the hype. And even the mildy terrifying journey past darkened pub windows, through an unlit backyard, up a barely lit fire-escape, over a blustery roof and down a scruffy corridor.

(Edited to correct comedy spelling mistake in headline.)

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who'd be mad enough to wait 3 hours.

Anonymous said...

They just need a bigger grill, how hard can it be?

Oh wait I forgot. Artisan South East london where everything takes an age and costs a fortune...

drakefell debaser said...

Yes, anon, you remind me of the last time I went, I was stood in front of some clever clogs who was complaining about the speed and was bragging to his mates how much better he could run the shop etc etc and what would Gordon Ramsey or Lord Sugar think about the speed of the service? I mean, gosh!

Aside from a gift at being a bell-end this chap didn't seem to have any experience at cooking up hundreds of burgers, do you?

mb said...

Must be a different SE London to the one I live in. Plenty of cheap places with rubbish food if that's your thing. Everyone's a winner.

Anonymous said...

DD,would you seriously wait 3 hours for a meal ??

Anonymous said...

I went and was told it would be a two hour wait, I went somewhere else. I don't understand why they don't just operate like a normal restaurant - take a seat, place an order, get food, pay, leave. Is there any reason they've decided to try and reinvent the wheel?

Anonymous said...

It's a new venture, done on the fly, that proved massively popular. Not everyone has or does wait that long. Get over yourself, it was terrible it would have folded by now. Sounds like it's growing. Lenthening results speak for themselves.

Anonymous said...

It's a new venture, done on the fly, that proved massively popular. Not everyone has or does wait that long. Get over yourself, it was terrible it would have folded by now. Sounds like it's growing. Lenthening results speak for themselves.

Brockley Ben said...

@anon 1702 It's a temporary establishment put up in doublequick time in a limited space. It wasn't meant to be a restaurant, more an indoor version of the original Meat Wagon, which was stolen last year - with added chips and cocktails. So not so much reinventing the wheel as reinventing the wagon.

I guess they *could* turn people away at the door, which would enable them to turn tables like you suggest, but the slightly bonkers location mitigates against this.

If and when it becomes a permanent fixture they may well consider a more formalised approach, but in the meantime I'd recommend exercising patience and trying not to overdo the martinis while you wait. Or, as you chose to, vote with your feet. Can I ask where you went instead?

Ben Brown said...

There is a good atmosphere to be soaked up and meatwagon customers have always had to wait, because they don't want to compromise the quality. Their were teething problems and now they've got a lot slicker, but there is a lot of demand almost every day. Trust me the burgers are worth it.

Brockley Nick said...

I remember the days when you'd have to wait two hours for a table at Pizza Express in Blackheath.

Whatever happened to them eh?

Anonymous said...

It's a new venture, done on the fly, that proved massively popular. Not everyone has or does wait that long. Get over yourself, it was terrible it would have folded by now. Sounds like it's growing. Lenthening results speak for themselves.

Anonymous said...

I went there. Food is rubbish and served on paper plates. They also ran out of fries.

Will not go back

drakefell debaser said...

Anon, 16:53. No, I wouldn't wait 3 hours and haven't had to. I'd go elsewhere and try again another time if that was the case but I’d rather do that than had out sarcastic advice on a web forum, to no-one in particular, anonymously. Not that you are that particular anon, you see..

Brockley Nick said...

Paper plates! From a fast food place!? The horror!

drakefell debaser said...

Oh no! Paper plates! I'm guessing you expected there to be a sommelier too?

NXG_Resident said...

You've got to think about Meateasy as being a night out rather than a standard restaurant experience

I've been twice now and I'm quite happy to have drinks at the bar for a bit while I wait. I don't mind waiting too much as the atmosphere is amazing.

And yesthe fries aren't brilliant but everything else is first rate. The Dead Hippy in particular is a work of broiled bovine art.

Ed said...

I've known Yianni for years and good food was always very important to him. I bet they are great and can't wait to find out for myself this weekend.

#MUNGEASY said...

Nick: did you just call it Fast Food?

Monkeyboy said...

Jesus, don't go if you don't want to. It's not as if there are no alternatives. Not been yet but it's rammed based on recommendations. There are a whole range of offal burger outlets available if that floats your boat. Sneering, cynical, negative attitudes are deeply unattractive. Personally a scrotum burger served in five minutes in a fluorescent lit burger bar or eaten at a bus stop is not my idea of a night out. A buzzy bar with a decent burger sound great, can't wait to try it. Looks like the format will keep the Richard Hammond types out, with their room temperature IQs

Anonymous said...

"Brockley Central's tip for beating the hipster crowds"

That's me!

Honest boy said...

I say, is the Emperor naked?

Anonymous said...

It started as a small operation and now it's heaving. Your snipe about the emperors new cloths shows Mubarak levels of deniL in the face of overwhelming support. Dominos deliver pap in 30 mins, much more to your liking I'm guessing.

Anonymous said...

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thisisengland said...

Burger snobbery?

Claret Badger said...

Went there a few weeks ago at 6.30pm. Very friendly waitress, I didn't have to queue and waited about 30 minutes before being sent up to order, just enough time for a cocktail and a beer. Food was pretty good, and different to other fancy burger places Ive been to. Excellent vibe there, and as people say, think of it as an experience rather than a restaurant as such.
Only negative I found was the constant shouting out of the orders, but I guess its all part of the fun.

Anon1702 said...

@Brockley Nick - we went to the Royal Albert instead. Think we made the mistake of going to Meateasy when already hungry and, having no prior knowledge of the ordering system, presumed it would be like a normal restaurant.

Probably wouldn't have minded waiting tbh, but it was really crowded and the only other alternative was waiting in the Goldsmiths Tavern until our numbers were called. If that wasn't such a godawful hellhole of a pub we might not have minded waiting there. C'est la vie, I guess.

Might give Meateasy another try, now we know how it works but go early and not when already ravenous.

Brockley Ben said...

@anon 1702. I think you were replying to me rather than Nick.

Definitely worth giving it another go. But, as said by others, don't expect it to be a restaurant. Better off thinking of it as a bar where you'll get great burgers if you're prepared for a bit of a wait.

How was the Royal Albert? I hear good things but haven't made it there yet.

Anon1702 said...

@Brockley Ben - the Royal Albert is nice - the food's good and the service is always friendly. I think since it's changed hands it's not quite got the same atmosphere it had when it first reopened. I can't quite put my finger on what's changed, but it's still definitely one of the nicest pubs in the area.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else noticed the food at Jam Circus has dipped in quality lately? Meaner portions, inferior ingredients (eg cheapo burger buns).

Ladywell Borders said...

Went to Meatwagon on Tuesday night - after 8pm - waited an hour. It was worth every minute. The staff were friendly, the food was amazing and I love the pop up vibe. Loud music, random furniture, and very clean bathrooms! I dropped some change in the bucket and everyone cheered! How can you not love a place that roars when you donate £1.75?

For the anon complainer who missed out on the fries - this is a sign that they use fresh ingredients and don't rely on processed, frozen crap.

Loppypoppy said...

I went there 2 weeks ago at 8pm on a Friday night with my OH and we got a table straight away and food in about 20mins. All delicious! About a month ago I was there with a larger a group of 7 on a Thursday night at around 7pm and we waited may be 15 mins for a table and another 20 for our food.

Will be popping back very soon!

Anonymous said...

MeatLiquor opens tonight central

http://www.meatliquor.com/

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