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BurgerSearch 3: MEATliquor

BurgerSearch posts document my search to find the best burger in Leeds, as part of my 30by30 goals. I’ve got plenty of places on my list, but I’m very open to suggestions, too! Where was your best ever Leeds burger from?

I’ve fancied giving the Leeds MEATliquor a try since it first opened, and this review from Rich, who knows his food, only encouraged me.I headed down for a chilled weeknight burger and drink with a few friends last week.

Venue: MEATliquor, Trinity Centre, Bank Street
Burger: Bacon Cheeseburger, £8.50

Burger Patty 23/25

Huge. Juicy. Tender. Pink. Flavourful. This patty ticked every single box and then some.

Bun, toppings and fries 22/25

I need to talk about the bacon. It wasn’t rashers, it was some sort of reconstituted sheet (?) of bacon that absolutely blew my frickin’ mind. The cheese was plentiful and perfectly gooey, and the sauces oozed out of the bun and got everywhere – I made extensive use of the kitchen roll on the table. The cheese fries were perfect, loaded with generous handfuls of cheese and all hot and salty underneath. (Some might find them too salty; I thought they were perfect.) I gave an extra point because the bun wasn’t brioche, which was refreshing, but I took it back off again because the Dead Hippie sauce they rave about wasn’t all that.

Service and atmosphere 20/25

Service was pleasant and efficient, which is all I ask for. I found the atmosphere fairly chilled – it had a late night diner/pool hall feeling to it, and was quite unlike the dark, loud basement I was expecting.

Value for Money 18/25

It’s on the pricey side, but it’s amazing. Three of us had a burger, a side and a drink each and it came to £56.65, including a service charge and a £1 charity donation. I’d consider that to be quite a lot for a one course meal, but it was a) very filling and b) bloody good.

Total 83/100

I had high hopes for MEATliquor and it has delivered. This is the first time I’ve walked away from a burger and thought: yes, that could have been the best burger in Leeds. I’ve got plenty more places to visit, so anything could happen, but I can definitely see myself returning here pretty soon as well.

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Five incredible cakes I want to bake

I love getting my bake on. I make brownies, I make cheesecake, I make cupcakes, I make biscuits and I make macarons. But nothing, nothing, scratches the itch for me quite like a full-sized cake.

With my birthday approaching in a couple of weeks, I’ve been looking about for the perfect cake to bake myself. The spring makes me want something fluffy and creamy and fruity, but I can feel salted caramel and peanut butter calling to me, too. Elaborate royal icing decorations on a dull vanilla sponge do nothing for me: I want something that tastes as awesome as it looks.

Luckily, a whole range of baking bloggers know what I’m talking about. Take a look at these insane cakes, and click the names to see the recipes.

 

Salted Caramel Layer Cake by JavaCupcake

salted caramel layer cake java cupcake

I actually baked this cake for Ant’s birthday earlier this year and it went down an absolute storm. The brown sugar sponge has amazing depth and the frosting is so good I don’t even know how to tell you about it. Seriously, it rocked and JavaCupcake is a total go to for me now.

 

Raspberry and White Chocolate Layer Cake by Rosie Bakes It

Raspberry and white chocolate layer cake Rosie bakes it

This one is definitely a birthday cake contender. Raspberry and white chocolate is one of my favourite flavour combos and this looks so moist, light and creamy…I need to work on my chocolate curl making, though!

 

Carrot Cake by The Faux Martha

Carrot Cake The Faux Martha

This cake is just so elegant. Am I grown up enough for this cake? I’m erring towards no! But, brown butter cream cheese frosting? That deserves some investigation.

 

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake by Recipe Girl

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake Recipe Girl

I’m drooling all over this one. I can only imagine how filling and rich this is, but surely it would be absolutely worth it! Red Velvet is a firm favourite and since I love it with cream cheese icing, this next step is right up my street.

 

Snickers cake by Brown Eyed Baker

Brown Eyed Baker Snickers cake

This one might be a bit divisive. The dark chocolate and coffee sponge, the peanut nougat filling, the salted caramel buttercream – it sounds incredibly sweet. But, what are birthdays for, if not for indulging?

 

I’ve got my work out picking a cake, and any of these would be incredibly challenging to bake as well!

Do any of them take your fancy? Do you have a favourite cake for birthdays?

All images are from the blogs mentioned.

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