I’ve been dying to try Meet Burger since it opened a few months back. As part of the group which owns the fabulous Peter Pizza in Loughborough (and soon a second one in Leicester), I had high hopes. As you’d expect if you know Peter (see my review here), their decor and styling is proper cool and Meet Burger is no exception.
Meet Burger is squirrelled away down a dark alley running down the side of the big wilkos (if you know Loughborough) but once you arrive, its big glass windows flood light out and despite it being a narrow little place, it looks very welcoming.
The decor is themed around retro videos and video games with lots of cool touches – a giant blockbuster sign on one wall, menus on old video cases, movie posters on the toilet door and tomato sauce in video game rocket squirters. This place oozes cool and at 30 I almost felt too old to be there.
The menu is short and precise – this is a burger joint and that’s what they sell. There are a couple of starters and puds but otherwise, its burgers and chips all the way. We ordered the popcorn chicken between us to start but unfortunately it was pretty boring. There were no dips with it and the chicken tasted dry and lacked flavour. Not a good start!
For our burgers, we went for the ‘Meet B.B‘ (Beef, smoky BBQ sauce, tobacco onions & American cheese) and the ‘Meet Francois’ (Beef, Lettuce, Tomato, Brie & Red Onion Marmalade). The burgers are all priced at £6 (apart from the ‘Bryon-esque’ special at £9) and you need to order fries separately. Sadly, it took a long time for our burgers to arrive (well over 30 mins) and although they were presented nicely on old records and greaseproof paper, they were frankly a bit disappointing. I can’t fault the staff who were excellent but we weren’t asked how we wanted the burgers cooking (which surprised me) and when they did arrive, they were thoroughly cooked through and a little dense. Plus, the buns were cold (like fridge cold) but, the chips were nice!
My friend wanted a pud so we ordered the waffle between us. It was a little doughy and the best bits on the plate were the ice cream and the popcorn . It looked good though…
So, in conclusion, although I always prefer to support independents, on the food alone, if you’re looking for a really good burger, this isn’t it. Get on the train or jump in the car and go to Byron in Leicester, or if you want something closer to home, try The Paget Arms (great burgers, rubbish service). I will try it again as I’ve heard great things but on this occasion, it just didn’t deliver. Sadly, for me, Meet Burger was definitely style over substance.
*Meet Burger did not know that I was there to review them and we paid for our meals in full*