FOOD: Vintage Salt's Monday Meat Club
Written by: Violet Myers
Gluten-free, sodium-free, sugar-free: we’ve officially reached the peak of the health craze and it’s unholy massacre on all of our favourite things. If it ain’t missing at least one of its basic components we just ain’t biting. We may have had a long overdue reunion with our toes and our cholesterol has never been lower, but oh do we miss a good old night of unadulterated gluttony.
With that said, it’s with great excitement that we welcome Vintage Salt’s indulgently good Meat Club Monday, a celebration of all things naughty, decadent and unashamedly off the diet wagon. Inspired by the gastric-genius of our American friends, the Islington restaurant, who traditionally treat us to seasonal fish, have teamed up with Camden’s Q-Grill to offer up a menu low on veg, big on joy and with enough meat to inspire an entire Morrisey album.
What We Ate:
We decide to stick to the American theme and throw down a few Samuel Adams beers of Family Guy fame, before digging into the main event; a stack of rare breed pork baby back ribs that are so big they could be a prop from The Flintstones and a generous plate of crispy fried chicken on a bed of waffles, which are slathered in maple syrup. It may sound like the brainchild of an unruly eight-year-old but is, apparently, all the rage in the USA. Having shunned the health brigade, the only vegetables that reach our plate are served as a Southern-inspired rich coleslaw, or those of the deep fried chip variety – perfectly cooked and probably the highlight of the meal. Good god we do love a carb.
We finish our meals as we started it, with another portion of meat; a smooth chocolate mousse served with ice cream, salted pretzels and wait for it… candied bacon. The pudding is a lovely mix of salt and sweet but even us shameless carnivores may have to admit that it might have been a step too far (blasphemy! I hear you cry…)
In all, Monday Meat Club is a refreshing treat to the start the week. The food is fun, with a no-guilt approach to eating out. However, it’s the wholehearted commitment to only serve food that once roamed the farm that risks it becoming a little bland, it may have you crying out to be reunited with your steamed asparagus.
Conclusion: A great place to date a bodybuilder or terrify a vegan.
Monday Meat Club @ Vintage Salt on Upper Street Islington N1 1RQ.
Photos: Mike Ashdown
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