Jacobs Ladder Ribs & Chicken Tikka Burgers @ Meat & Shake, Tooting Bec

"What? Another burger joint?", you cry. Stave off your burger overload and head to south-west London for more variety than you can shake a sticky rib at...
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Burger restaurant, Meat & Shake is located in Tooting Bec, South West London and is the first venture from restaurateur Faraz Ahmad. The restaurant prides itself on their burgers and shakes, all created with a real passion for flavour and originality, whilst using the finest ingredients, and including Herefordshire dry aged beef. Sounds good, right?

So, what can you expect to eat?

The menu at Meat & Shake offers a wide range of burgers, steaks as well as shakes. To further develop the menu, Meat & Shake is also working in collaboration with former Michelin starred chef Jasper Aykroyd - an evangelist among local and artisan producers and with the most original ideas on charcuterie. All burgers are made from a minimum 35 day dry aged beef, sourced from master butchers, Macken Bros of Selfridges London.

The burgers are made by smashing the patty on a chrome finished Miraclean Griddle from the USA, and the Steaks are cooked in a Josper charcoal oven. Highlights from the burger offering include the ‘Truffle Shuffle’ – black truffle mayonnaise, Gruyere cheese and a honey and onion truffle glaze, not to mention the signature ‘Smoking Bandit’ – smokey Chipotle mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, smokey cheddar, sautéed onions, smokey turkey bacon – which adds a touch of theatre by being presented in a glass dome filled with smoke.

For the non-beef lovers the menu also offers an Indian style burger with the ‘Ruby Murray’ chicken burger - tikka Masala sauce, tomato, spinach leaves, seasoned Chicken breast, red onions, Monterery Jack cheese, red chillies, coriander, yoghurt and poppadum – as well as the classics – Joe Schmoe & Plain Jane – with seriously melted cheese, pickled gherkins, mustard, ketchup and aioli, bringing to life the slightly seasoned aged beef patty.

Other mains include Jacobs ladder ribs, sweet and sticky buffalo wings and the classic hot dog. Classic American style sides, include rosemary fries, sweet potato fries, and dirty fries with chilli con carne, jalapenos and cheese.

As well as burgers, Meat & Shake provides a wide range of shakes. Flavours include the classics such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry as well as the slightly more unusual, Fig and Cinnamon, Crème Brûlée and basil which, when set alight caramelises and infuses the basil, and blue cheese and dark chocolate.

"But there are a million burger places in London!"

Well, you'd be right, but with a selection to suit every taste bud, meat craving and insane milkshake concoction, you'd be mad to write this one off.

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