â€ś Address: A. ÂŠv.Ignoto g. 14 / 08119 Vilnius / Lithuania â€ž
Meat Lovers is a pretty kitsch name for a restaurant and I don't think I'd have gone in if it wasn't recommended. It's located at A. Sv.Ignoto g. 14, close to the previously reviewed "Cozy".
When you walk through the door you are hit by a very white modern look, white walls, ceilings and dark wooden tables and chairs are spread around the room, a large blackboard is on one of the walls with all the meals written in English in chalk. The names don't really do the meals justice, "Hamburger" for example is actually a heavy duty burger with all the trimmings but the finer details are not to be found on the blackboard.
There is no menu and it seems that you need to go up to the bar to order, it's difficult to judge the level of service because we were dining with a friend of the staff and it was pretty quiet. The contact we did have with them though, was pleasant. The food was served stylishly and came quickly.
Two touches that were a bit special included dangling lightbulbs at different lengths creating a sort of web of lights and my preferred subtlety - a superb range of old school auto magazines racked up in the toilet. Whether a restaurant's toilet should be quite so cozy is debatable but i certainly found it rather warm and almost like a reference library as I perused classic cars in the khazi.
Now on to the food, I chose the said hamburger above at 17 litas (about ÂŁ4) which is pretty damn good value. The burger in question consisted of an enormous slab of well cooked burger meat, accompanied with fresh onions, tomatoes, cheese and lettuce bulging through it's burger bread and making for a somewhat messy meal.
If I wanted to be really picky then I would say that the inside of the bread seemed sort of toasted, usually a sign that the burger was really hot when put inside the bread. Some people like it that way, I prefer mine a little softer but that level of criticism should probably be saved for Master Chef. The burger itself would have been more than fine but they topped it off with some delicious thick cut chips and some dips. Great food, great value, the decor looks a little posh to me and I thought it would have cost a packet but it didn't.
Other dishes on the wall menu looked equally good when coming out, steaks, ribs, German type sausages and soups made an appearance and other diners looked full and satisfied. Drinks such as beer and wine also seemed very good value.