If you like ‘dude food’, this one’s for you!
I had never heard of Meatmother until a friend of mine chose to have dinner there on his birthday. Well chosen, I say.
Now, there are a couple of reasons I had a good time at Meatmother that have nothing to do with the food. Firstly, a friend and I drove around for a while looking for a parking spot and ended up parking right in front of the place, with an ATM directly opposite. Anyone who is familiar with Swan Street in Richmond will be well aware of just how rare that is. Needless to say, we were patting ourselves on the back and bragging about our parking spot for the rest of the evening. Little triumphs like these really make my day, so this is an inherently biased review (because we won against parking). Secondly, my whole volleyball team came to dinner. We’ve been playing together for a while now and we had never been able to organise a team event where everyone was able to attend! Now Meatmother will always remind me of ‘that night when everyone was there’.
To the food – the cuisine would be best described as American Barbecue. I should say, I am definitely not the authority on meat dishes. I don’t eat red meat that often and I would not be able to cook it to perfection. That said, I know what I like and I really liked my meal at Meatmother.
Here is a really cool starter – jalapeños stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon. There really isn’t anything that could possibly be wrong with that combination. For those who don’t like too much heat, I can assure you the jalapeños are cooked through and are not spicy. If you go to Meatmother, definitely give this a try.
The menu allows you to sort of put your meal together, but at the same time it is really simple. For mains, you choose your meat and you choose your side. I had the pork spare ribs with macaroni and cheese on the side. All meals come with toast. Not sure why, but I didn’t really question it – it was good toast (but how do you stuff up toast?). The ribs were real good, like reeeal good. Why? Probably because they were smothered in a killer American barbecue sauce. But of course, that made it a messy affair. I’m sure I was the messiest person at the table that night, but whatever, it was awesome. The only thing I didn’t like was the mac and cheese. I love a good m&c, but this wasn’t cheesy at all. However, I did get to try some of the homemade chips from my friend’s plate and they were surprisingly good, really nice and crispy.
That’s one of the best things about having this blog – wherever we go, my friends and I will taste and share everything! It’s good fun. Occasionally I hear, ‘Oh yeah, you’re gonna write about it. Better try all this.’ Who am I to say no? Anyway, I tasted the pulled pork and the beef short rib as well. The pulled pork was great, it was flavoursome and tender. The beef short rib was very tender as well, I watched it being dragged off the bone…what a beautiful sight.
Of course barbecued meat pairs nicely with a crisp, cold beverage. Given the choice between beer and cider, I will always choose cider. This one is an English apple cider. I prefer my cider to be a bit fruity but not very sweet, and the Henney’s Dry Cider was just that.
It’s a really nice place. It’s small and cosy, however it gets a bit noisy in there. There were nine of us sitting at a long table and at times it was hard to hear each other. This isn’t an issue for me, I don’t usually eat and listen at the same time, haha. However, seeing as this was a social event, it mattered a little. The food is slightly on the pricey side, but it’s good quality, nicely cooked meat so it’s well worth a visit.
167 Swan Street, Richmond