This week I was lucky enough to go out for not one, but two amazing meals in Bristol – the first was at MEATliquor, and the second was at Biblos on The Hill. Both very different cuisines, but equally comparable on the quality of the food and the great service that was received. Read on to find out what I ate and what I thought!
I have wanted to try out MEATliquor in Stokes Croft for AGES, ever since it opened in November in fact, but for whatever reason I just haven’t found the time to visit – until now! And it’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed.
There’s certainly a reason why the “Meat” part of its name is all in capital letters – this really isn’t a place for vegetarians (although they do offer several tasty sounding veggie dishes if you are tempted to try it out). As I made my way inside the restaurant, I was struck by the graffiti-laden decor – it definitely isn’t your typical burger joint!
We were shown to our table and with my stomach rumbling in anticipation, I began to peruse the menu. It featured all of the usual American favourites such as burgers and hot dogs, but definitely with a twist – such as the “Satan Fingers”, which were battered mock-chicken (seitan) fingers topped with chilli sauce, and the Dead Hippie Burger (two French’s mustard-fried beef patties with Dead Hippie sauce™ – whatever that is!)
Our party of four decided to order a burger each (I opted for the Bacon Cheeseburger) and then chose several sides to share – deep fried pickles, chilli cheese fries, regular fries, slaw, onion rings and deep fried mac n cheese. When our food came I could hardly believe my eyes – I mean just look at it!
Just thinking about the deep fried mac n cheese is making me hungry – it was literally one of the best things I’ve ever tasted! My burger was juicy and the onion rings were sweet and crispy… it was all just so amazing, and the service we received from the various waiting staff was great too. They regularly checked back to ask if we wanted more free drink refills (another bonus of being the designated driver if you visit here).
Despite the waistband on my jeans already feeling slightly tighter, I decided to throw caution to the wind and order a salted caramel milkshake for dessert – it sounded way too good to resist! When it arrived, it was everything I hoped it would be – sweet, rich, and totally delicious. A great way to end the meal! The rest of our group went for the “Filth Pie” – a dreamy combination of Oreos, Coconut and Marshmallows – mmmm!
MEATliquor, I salute you – I can’t wait to visit again soon.
Biblos on the Hill
Another venue I’d been meaning to try for a while is Biblos. Located on Pigsty Hill in the Gloucester Road area, they serve Middle Eastern and Caribbean food. Their website states that they promises to serve only the healthiest and tastiest food – I was sold before I even visited!
I went along on a Wednesday evening when the restaurant was quite quiet, and the four of us made the most of a Wriggle deal – two Falafel Platters for £22 instead of £36 and a Jerk Chicken Platter for £12 instead of £20. To wash it all down, I opted for a pint of Thatchers Gold – what else?!
When the food arrived at our table, I couldn’t wait to dive in!
The Falafel Platter consisted of lots of lovely crunchy Falafels, a mixture of tasty salads, hummus, pickles and warm flat breads to make wraps – a side of bread always makes a meal better, right?
The Jerk Fried Chicken Platter was made up of bite-sized chunks of chicken breast coated in a lovely crispy seasoning, served with rice, fries and Caribbean coleslaw, which had a great kick of some kind.
All of the food certainly tasted fresh and was well flavoured. The service was great too – no complaints there. When I next get a craving for falafels and hummus (as I often do) I will be certainly be back.