Reviewed by The London Haloodie
I’m not a massive fan of a burger, but I gave into the temptation and decided to commemorate National Burger Day on 25th August by visiting Meat & Shake in Ealing. I trotted down there and was in awe of the buzz that Ealing is about. Why had I never been here before?! Meat & Shake is just a few minutes walk from Ealing Broadway station. It is easy to miss though as it’s at the corner of street. The interior of the restaurant has a very modern-old school, Texan feel to it, which I loved.
Now the thing is, I might be a real foodie at heart, but in actual fact I can’t eat a lot and can never finish a meal. So I thought it would be better to skip starters and went in straight for the kill! The menu was so vast and there were so many yummy burgers to choose from but both my friend and I went for the Smoking Bandit burger. It really was a tough choice, especially as I had had heard so much about the hot dogs, which I tried at the Halal Food Festival. But I went for the Smoking Bandit and was in shock when it came out, in all its glory.
The burger was served under a hot steamy glass lid. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a burger before. You could see the height of the burger through the steamy lid, only adding to my excitement.
The burger was huge! I genuinely didn’t know hot to tackle it (this is one of the reasons why I don’t like burgers) so I just decided to go straight in. The Smoking Bandit is made of English traditionally bred 36 day aged beef, smokey chipotle mayo, smokey turkey bacon, smoked cheddar cheese with sautéed onions and tomatoes.
The beef patty was so big that I could have eaten it on its own and had been stuffed. The beef was layered with a sizeable layer of smoked cheddar cheese and turkey bacon. The turkey bacon and cheese were far too greasy for my liking and in the end I had to demolish the burger and take apart the beef from the cheese and turkey bacon. The beef itself was so succulent but had little taste to it, which was disappointing.
What I loved about the burger was the sturdy bun! Most buns crack under the pressure of such a monster of a burger but not this one, a strange thing to say but this has to be one of the most sturdiest burger buns I’ve encountered. We also got some fries on the side- I got the sweet potato fries and my friend got the normal fries. The sweet potato fries were good, but not great. I felt as though they were too soggy and these things matter to me, so I thought the texture took away from the taste quite a bit.
We also got a shake each – had to be done! I had one of their shakes at the Halal Food Festival and was in love! I got the Salted Caramel shake and my friend got the Oreo shake, both were amazing but the salted caramel gave me life. It was beautiful! I would have easily got another one if I hadn’t just eaten half a cow. Hands down a winner for me!
At this point, the food coma was in full swing, I could have passed on their seats right there. For dessert, we were leaning towards the Key Lime Pie – we needed something light and refreshing to get over the food coma caused by that monster of a burger! So, of course we ended up going for the Deep Fried Oreo Doughnuts!
I knew it was a bad idea, but a really good bad idea. The Oreo Doughnuts were huge, greasy and definitely not a good idea after the food coma I was currently in! We could barely eat any of the doughnuts, but the ice cream with toffee sauce was good.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience at Meat & Shake. The portions were huge, it was a shame I wasn’t able to eat more than I did. Meat & Shake, famous for their burgers, is a great place to go for burgers and steaks. The food was good, not great, but definitely instagrammable! If that isn’t an excuse to check it out then what is! It was a shame the beef in the burger was so bland – it would have been all that better if the meat had some taste to it! I LOVE that there is no alcohol on the menu and that Meat & Shake are so openly halal.
Food – 5/10
Service – 6/10
Price – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Experience – 7/10
Overall, a total TLH score of 7/10.
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About The London Haloodie
The London Haloodie is a London based food blogger with a passion for the finer things in life, from Chanel to afternoon teas. TLH’s appetite for good food found her searching high and low for halal options within the fine dining scene around London – which were many, but not many people knew about them. Her passion for good halal food takes her to the finest places in London, and she wants her fellow haloodies not to miss out! So follow her on her journey to bring you the halal treasures of London dining. Check out TLH on Instagram , Twitter and check out her blog
Reviewed by The London Haloodie