Peace Be Upon You
*forgive me, I thought I had this posted on the blog but alas I didn’t and it’s been sitting in my drafts for over a year! sigh*
T H E M E A T I N G R O O M || A small barnyard full of rustic carbs! Can be found in the small quaint city of St. Albans.
It’s simple, rustic and full of flavour!
22 Catherine St, St Albans AL3 5BX
I discovered this place sometime well over a year ago and fell in love and have been visiting every so often since. I shot the following vlog two Ramadans ago, so watch it if you if you’d like to get a feel for the interior, vibe and ambience. The owner was lovely, noticed we were fasting and provided us with some dates! Oh the little touches of customer service make me melt and is what brings me back to this place. I’ve never had a bad experience here, if something wasn’t quite right they were quick on hand to resolve this. Seriously A* for excellent customer service.
Below is a compilation of all the foods I’ve tried and tasted. As you can see I tend to opt for the same things all over again, my order will always consist off a portion of falafel bites, some form of chicken wings, salted caramel milkshake and their 100% traceable British beef burgers with their rosemary and sea salt fries! This place is halal and they accept the tastecard on certain days. FYI knowing that they donate their surplus stock to their local community centre just has me screaming and makes me love them even more.
Don’t worry if you don’t eat beef they’re able to swap your patty out for lamb or you can opt for lamb, chicken or veggie burgers. Each burger is named after the local area and my two favourite go to burgers is The Meating Room (their house burger) and the Flaming Fleetville served with rosemary and sea salt fries. These chips are sooo lovely, crispy and crunchy but fluffy on the inside.
A quick mini review of each item I’ve tried to date (FYI, once I like something I will stick to it and won’t venture out in trying the other options, terrible I know):
The Meating Room Burger // Beef patty, gem lettuce, grilled beef tomato, red onion, applewood smoked cheddar, turkey bacon, BBQ chilli sauce – Now this burger is great, It’s the house burger for a reason: packed full with flavour (pictured 5th and 6th)
Flaming Fleetville // Beef patty, english mustard relish, gem lettuce, grilled beef tomato, jalapeno, red onion – I remember my first initial bites of this burger, and I did NOT like it because I wasn’t expecting to taste mustard and I remember it was so strong it hit my nose in a not-so-nice-unexpected way. Once I overcame that realisation I really, really enjoyed the fiery kick that both the sauce and jalapeños bought to the burger, I typically add a slice of cheese to this burger also (pictured last)
Falafel Bites // !! Must Try !! These deep fried golden balls of goodness are amazing. So soft and flavourful, the textures perfect: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Paired perfectly with a chipotle dip (love this sauce). Leading me onto my favourite flavour of chicken wings…
Chipotle Wings // !! Must Try !! Deep fried chicken coated in a thick, creamy chipotle sauce topped with spring onions. I like the crispy, fried texture of the wings with this sauce – it’s just perfectly balanced albeit super fiddly to eat.
BBQ Chilli Wings // If you like BBQ you will love these wings which are topped with sesame seeds. I personally don’t like the taste/smell of BBQ but tried these out and to be fair they’re super lovely as the chilli kick shines through.
Buffalo Wings // Avoid these wings, I find them to a have a strong pungent smell to them with a sour taste to them. It’s something I’ll defo avoid.
Calamari // Calamari is calamari where you go and if you enjoy it, you’ll enjoy it here equally. You get three large rings, served with a wedge of lemon – the batter is lovely but falls off super easily. The only downside is you get three pieces, so this isn’t an ideal sharing starter, defo a one person starter.
Salted caramel milkshake // !! Must Try !! I’ve loved salted caramel for as long as I can remember and have been ordering this milkshake on every visit I’ve been. It’s the most expensive drink on the menu, which I didn’t notice – clearly capitalising on the salted caramel trend. Regardless, I will and do continue to order this milk because it’s so lovely and thick, with chocolate nibs and a salted caramel sauce drizzled throughout.
Hopefully this post was helpful to you all. I highly recommend this place and can’t praise it enough. Every time I visit the place with a new friend – they’ve fully been converted and I know YOU will love it too! If you ever do pop in, let me know and share your thoughts with me.
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