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Richard Johnson

Here’s The Beef

I can’t begrudge the boys and girls at MEATliquor anything — despite Yianni calling me a C U Next Tuesday when I texted him too early last year. He’s a professional, who brought his A game when we ran Drink With Yianni at the 2014 British Street Food Awards, where punters got to ask him anything (as long as they were happy to drink whatever his barman mixed for them). It was a riot. Literally. It was easy to forget that Yianni — and his partner Scott — are hugely successful businessmen, who have refused to compromise as they’ve studiously grown their concern. They have learnt about capitalism the hard way. And now they’re opening overseas. The 100-seater site will be located in the Duxton Hill area of Singapore, continuing the duo’s theme of opening in non-traditional, discreet, off the beaten track locations. MEATliquor’s seventh site in under five years will be a joint venture with Jacques Dejardin (who we loved working with at the 2012 British Street Food Awards when he was head of operations at Fifteen) and The Blind Group. According to Propel, MEATliquor Singapore’s menu will include a mix of brand new locally sourced Singapore ingredients. Tried and tested favourites will become transatlantic with Singapore dishes being served up on UK menus later in the year. Commenting on the new opening, Yianni and Scott said: “We were invited out by Jacques. The airport code of SIN alone suggested this might be the place for us. Three days of eating and drinking later, we had our suspicions confirmed.” Jacques added: “We can’t wait to introduce Singapore residents, workers and globetrotters to MEATliquor. We have been fans of everything they have done in the UK and we’re excited to see MEATliquor’s take on Asia.” MEATliquor Singapore is set to open its doors in May 2015.