Follow Me To || The Meating Room

As-Salaamu Alaikum
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.IMG_5309IMG_5042IMG_5045IMG_5040

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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Follow Me To || Shake Shack

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

S H A K E S H A C K  ||  80 New Oxford Street, London, England, WC1A 1HB

Before I start, I want to apologise for the poor quality images, I lent my camera and didn’t get it back in time, so snapchat quality it is. This is possibly one of the quickest blogpost turnarounds I’ve presented you with all, haha – So yesterday me and Jaffery caught up over some Chick’n Shack burgers from the one and only Shake Shack! All the branches in the UK serve halal chicken only, everything else from their main food menu is off limits which is disappointing – hope they can sort this out soon as I’d love to try out their other burgers. I definitely had an appetite for this place despite eating at Vapiano’s earlier in the day and that’s because I hadn’t eaten for approx 14 hours prior due to a blood test, so trust me when I say I was hungry nonstop throughout the day, haha.

When we got there we ordered:

  • Chick’n Shack burger // Crispy chicken breast with lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo (added on extra cheese)
  • Cheese Fries // topped with their special blend of cheddar and American cheese sauce
  • Strawberry and mint lemonade

Now this burger is lovely, the crispy coating is seasoned well and is covers the chicken well. I really enjoyed the touch of the pickles and sauce, although in my opinion I feel as though there wasn’t enough of that buttermilk herb mayo for me to truly grasp the flavour (as evident in the pictures). Nonetheless, it was honestly a really nice burger, nothing to fantastic to wow me though, it kind of reminded me a KFC burger.

The cheese fries are a decent portion, at first I wasn’t too sure what I thought of it and didn’t think I liked it, but the more I dipped it in ketchup the more I enjoyed it. It’s got a slight crispy crunch too it with a super soft centred pillowy potato fluff in the middle. Although I did enjoy the crinkle cut chips and I personally wasn’t extremely fussed by them I can imagine how some people may be disappointed due to the lack of cheese sauce offered with chips, as you can see from the images below it looks like a small measly pumps worth.

At the time of visiting, they were offering a new strawberry and mint lemonade and it seemed like the perfect beverage to enjoy on a hot day to swim down those chips and burgers but boy was I wrong. You can hardly taste the mint and it tasted SUPER syrupy and full of sugar – making the overall eating experience quite sickly. I highly recommend staying away from this drink. If this lemonade is anything to go by, I’d probably stay away from all lemonades. Next time I’ll stick with my safe drink, H2O – water.

The hype surrounding this place is too much, the interior is lovely, the food is great but it didn’t live up to my expectations – at the end of the day we need to remember this is just another upmarket KFC fast food chain.

Don’t get me wrong, this place is definitely worth a try and visit. Go on! Get rid of those burger cravings. Come here and give it an honest go, you definitely won’t be disappointed but you won’t be amazed either.  Try not to go with any expectations and just enjoy the place, the company you’re with and the humble burger and chips.

I hope this mini review was somewhat helpful, feedback is always welcomed – as I’m on the hunt for trying out new places and eager to share my experiences with you all.
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