Meat and Shake

American Burgers
by HGAT | 08/11/2013
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6.5/10

Burgers. It doesn’t look it, but it is presumably one of the hardest dishes to master. Well, I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a burger connoisseur, but I can certainly define a good burger from an amazing life-changing consuming experience.

A burger isn’t just about the meat itself; sure, the meat plays an important role – it needs to be a medium to medium rare cooked beef patty – packed with meaty juices and bursting flavours (emphasis on the beef because let’s face it, chicken or lamb burgers aren’t real burger materials).  But there’s a lot more to it than that.

It all starts with the bun needing to be squidgy yet firm enough to withstand the juices of the beef patty without falling apart. Many people try using brioche buns that are both delicious and soft, but if not steamed or heated appropriately, then the cook heads for a disastrous crumble.  Of course, the meat comes next, the juicier the better, followed by deliciously complementing toppings that, albeit being tasty, shouldn’t overpower the flavour of the beef itself.

Obviously, from the above you can tell that a burger necessitates a sophisticated process. Finding a burger like that isn’t easy with such fine requirements, but I’ve come very close to the real deal and I’m excited to share it with you guys!

So Meat and Shake recently opened up at the end of September and made a great appearance at the Halal Food Festival where I got a taster of what they had to offer. I was enamoured with its burgers and made a promise to myself that I just had to get down to the restaurant to venture its menu, so grabbing the family, we drove down to Tooting.

Meat+Shake

The cool and funky restaurant was small yet packed for a Tuesday night! Luckily we managed to get a table for ourselves and waited for the menus. The waitress seemed to have forgotten about us and after 10 minutes of waiting, we had to catch the attention of a waiter to simply hand us some menus.

After certainly building up quite an appetite and with much deliberation, and after being told that the sliders were not available *sob*, *sob*, we finally decided on what to order…

Milkshakes
Milkshake
Dad really went for it and ordered a peanut butter/banana/brownie banana milkshake, and like father like daughter, Z ordered the salted caramel while I ordered the plain and simple vanilla milkshake. Mum looked at the fat family that she had brought up and deciding she didn’t want to be a fatso like the rest of us ordered a coke. The mammoth sized milkshakes were scrumptiously creamy and thick, and were not too overpoweringly sweet. The best out of the bunch was the peanut butter/banana/brownie milkshake and when I went for a second sip, it turned out Dad had completely finished the shake before any food had even arrived!

Classic Dog
Classic Dog

Z was split between the chicken burger and the hot dog, but after some serious peer pressure (from me) she went for the classic dog. The hot dog was a big beefy guy topped with the classic mustard, ketchup and sautéed onions just like the New York street carts. Not one for processed meats, I took a huge bite and ended up really enjoying it! It was not overly meaty, but was cooked well enough to retain its juices and with the added sweetness of the caramelised onions, this dog was a true hit. The bun itself was quite thick and a little too filling, but perfect for those with a larger appetite.

Meat &Shake Burger
MS Burger Closed
It only makes sense to order the signature burger that is named after the restaurant – these burgers tend to be ridiculously packed with goodies, which is exactly what Meat and Shake’s house burger was. It came piled with crispy matchstick fries, ooey gooey melted cheese, and delicious turkey bacon all on top of an amazing beef patty. Mum doesn’t tend to enjoy red meat, but she finished off this burger to its last crumb insisting it was the best burger she had ever had!

MS Burger


Smoking Bandit

This was an awesome burger. I mean look at how it was presented…

Smoking-BanditAnimation

You know with a presentation like that, the burger is going to be amazing. Past the smoke cloud stood a burger that had a smokey feel to it with smokey cheese and smokey mayo. It’s not a burger for everyone but for those who enjoy the barbecue sauce taste, you need to order this guy.

Smoking Bandit


Joe Schmoe
Not your average Joe
I decided to be the boring one who got the cheeseburger, but for comparison purposes, it has to be a standard first order at any burger joint! Almost drooling on my camera lens I decided to finally took a bite into my burger and the first thing that came to my mind was that the beef patty itself was really good; this wasn’t your average joe. The meat was pure, dry aged (which is better than wet aged) and fresh. It was also perfectly seasoned – enough to enjoy by itself or when doused with sauces! The American cheese was expertly melted all over the patty and the bun was nice and squidgy – it didn’t fall apart even when soaking up all the burger juices.

Cut Again

I enjoyed my burger so much that I wiped the plate clean…
Licked Clean

Sides
The panko style onion rings were thin and crunchy, and tasted even better inside the burger!

Onion Ring Tower

The fries were thin cut and crispy; nothing out of the ordinary, but tasted good when dunked in the 3 chilli sauces available on the table. Warning: these sauces contain ghost chilli and habanero so beware!

Once the food had arrived, there was silence around the table apart from the occasional “let me try yours” and this wasn’t just from our table, this was the case with the tables next to us as well – the food was that good.

Meat and Shake had produced one of the best burgers I had eaten this year and believe me, I’ve eaten my fair share. With a fully halal menu, they had ticked all the boxes of the burger criteria regarding the structure and taste! Although I had only tasted 4 of the items from their vast menu, I fell in love with the burger joint and I’m counting the days till I get to revisit again just to try their famous Rib n Cheese burgers or the cute sliders! With places like Meat and Shake and Red Iron opening up, the halal burger movement is slowly progressing so it’s time to put down those processed burgers and make your way to these restaurants to fully appreciate a real burger!

Halal status verified by the Muslim owner and sign is available on the menus.

Address: Upper Tooting Road, Tooting BEC, SW17 7TR
Telephone: 020 8355 4496
Website: www.meatandshake.com
Nearest Station: Tooting Bec
Parking: Available on surrounding streets and free after 6:30pm otherwise pay and display

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Rating
  • 6/10
    Food - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 6.5/10
    Atmosphere - 6.5/10
6.5/10

Summary

– Halal status on all meats verified by Muslim owner with certificates
– No pork or alcohol present
– This is a child friendly establishment

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    • Sheenie
    • 08/11/2013
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    Looks like I’ll have to travel south of the river for this. Sounds amazing!

    • BW
    • 08/11/2013
    Reply

    Thanks, now im craving fast food. Joe Schmoe looks so good! And the hot dog mmm

    • BW
    • 08/11/2013
    Reply

    Ps Why didnt you eat the flower?

    1. Reply

      Hahaha I don’t eat everything!

    • Hasnain Shah
    • 10/11/2013
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    Great review, was eagerly waiting for this one! I hope you followed up your dinner by going across the street for some Afters dessert!

    • Ali
    • 10/11/2013
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    Thanks for the recommendation. The burgers at the place were great. Only disappointing thing was that the place is tiny, hence there can be long waiting lines. Hopefully it does well and expands.

    • Jameel
    • 11/11/2013
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    This place is amazing, Layette wings, Salted Caramel shake and the Rib and Cheese are to die for.

    Well worth the hr drive from Essex 🙂

      • Imy
      • 04/11/2014
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      Im sorry but the Ribs are absolutely DISGUSTING. Drenched in sauce, with a disgusting smell to the meat.
      The Chips or Rosemary fries whatever they are where crap.

    • Adil
    • 11/11/2013
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    Hey, incase you looking for antoehr burger place, this one is now re open and may be worth a visit, i;ve not tried it myself yet though:

    http://www.momsdiner.co.uk/

    • Halal Socrates
    • 18/11/2013
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    The sliders are quality it’s a shame you did not get a chance to try them.
    The real question for you is which place is better Meat & shake or Red Iron or Amigos? Don’t sit on the fence let us know.

    • Muttee Ahmad
    • 15/01/2014
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    Well I usually really enjoy your recommendations and even travel a bit to have food you give the thumbs up to (Red Iron, Roti chai, etc etc). But I have to say this was the biggest disappointment I had lately from a highly recommended place like this. Me and my wife (who just recently hooked up on beef, less than a year ago) went there for our celebratory burger, in rain, travelling for almost an hour to get there thinking it will all be worth it. But the burgers were bad, I mean I am not even saying they were not that good, they were bad. I mean I am the sort of person who doesn’t like to waste food at all and try to eat every last bite on the table, and even I couldn’t finish my own burger let alone my wife’s left over. Meat had a smell, absolutely bland with no taste at all. To top it off, there were so many toppings that it became a really bad combo. I went to Red iron burger (almost 90 min trip one way) and had their red iron burger and wow, it was worth the trip but this, I am sorry to say, is not even a 5 min trip. I won’t even eat it again if I am offered it for free. I really don’t know why you liked it so much. As I am not the only one, on my recommendation, a bunch of my friends have gone their and I had to take crap from them over it. They all hated it and not one of my friends have liked it yet. Definitely disappointing.

    1. Reply

      Hi there!

      Firstly,thank you for reading my blog and following my recommendations! That means a lot to me and shows that my blog is actually helping people out! 🙂

      Secondly, I’m really sorry that you didn’t enjoy your experience as much as I did when I visited 🙁 – it could have been an isolated incident where the burgers were extremely bad on the day you visited or extremely delicious on the day I visited! Since I have put this review up, I have received positive feedback from all my readers who have visited – yours has been the first negative remark I have received regarding the restaurant which is why I’m shocked! Like I said, the restaurant could have had an off day but also, everyone has different tastes and this blog takes a subjective approach to the restaurants I visit so what I may enjoy, you may not like at all!

      Thirdly, with regards to Red Iron – I absolutely love their burgers and I’m glad you did too! 🙂

        • Muttee Ahmad
        • 16/01/2014
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        I thought of a bad day scenario as well but my two batch of friends, who went on different days than us and also different from each other had similar experience. So it is three bad days which can’t be just an isolated incidence. I am an absolute food lover and actually a lot of my friends ask for culinary advice from me, that is why I was kinda taken aback by this place. I really had high hopes for it but..

  1. Reply

    Meat and Shake is pretty nice but there is a new burger joint in North London called Neon Burgers and damn they are the best burgers I’ve had IN MY LIFE. They need to master a few other things like desserts and sides but the burgers, service and interior is just amazing. Check them out if you haven’t heard of them already!

    • Anonymous
    • 30/08/2014
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    This place is absolutely amazing. I try to to follow your blog and look for Halal places as my girlfriend eats halal only. She also loves burgers. Given the very few places you can find nice halal burgers, this was a great find for us! Thanks Halal girl, hope you keep on posting more places!

  2. Reply

    Meanwhile in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Burma and many places people are being killed, raped and starving and all we care about is WoW this place is so good i must stuff my face now, i am full who gives a F*** about other people there is GOD to help them. As long as we are not in harms way all is good. Just make Dua for them -FULL STOP- oh and send some money that is it.
    Disgusting!!!

      • Zukky
      • 30/09/2014
      Reply

      Shut up.

      Btw, HG, this is an amazing blog. I have definitely become a subscribed reader. Keep up the good work.

      Zukky

      • Mars
      • 10/11/2014
      Reply

      Bitter much?

    • pepperflakes
    • 21/12/2014
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    Hi HGAT
    Love your recommendations, always helpful! You say you loved the burgers here but your overall score for this on the list of restaurants you’ve visited is 4.5 out of 10. Is this a typo or is there something I’m missing because I loved the burgers here!

    1. Reply

      oops must be a typo! Thanks for pointing it out 🙂

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    • Michael Smith
    • 06/08/2015
    Reply

    Thanks for this very detailed review. Meat and Shake are opening a branch where I live in Ealing, so it’s nice to get a foretaste!

    • Anonymous
    • 29/02/2016
    Reply

    Is da Ealing branch halal…

    1. Reply

      yes, they all are 🙂

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