Fans of SMOKESTAK will have indulged in those brisket buns and ribs at many street food circuits and festivals. And now they’ve only gone and opened up a permanent spot in East London. YES! Here’s the verdict for SMOKESTAK lovers old and new…
What to Expect
The wood burning smoker is here to stay and features in the centre of the restaurant. But it doesn’t end there – everything from the cutlery to the rough wooden tables add to the (shit hot!) vibes in a relaxed build up to all of that feasting. Ok, we’ll calm down. You get the gist. It really is the food that does the talking here and there’s a great range of dishes to try and share, with classics and new dishes alike. Come prepared with an empty stomach!
What to Try
The menu is short and simple – essentially a celebration of beautiful meat treated well. There are snacks to begin with, including Scratchings and Cured Pigs Jowl, but you really have to go for the Pigtails to start off your feast. You simply can’t miss the USDA Brisket Bun and pickled red chilli either (a firm favourite in mini form, so you can get your meat fill). Then there’s a tough choice between the Thick-cut Ribs and pickled cucumber and the Beef Rib with pickled red chilli. Oh, and when deciding on sides, it’s all about the Jacket Potato with sour cream and chives – pure comfort food alongside all of that meatiness.
What to Drink
Forget the week’s woes and settle down to a great cocktail. Our favourite was the Burnt Peach Old Fashioned. The drinks menu is simple and concise with four beers, six cocktails, and around 25 wines to choose from. Beers come from friends at 40FT, Kernel Brewery and Brew By Numbers.
Meat-lovers, BBQ-lovers, you catch the drift…
You may only have eyes for the meats on the menu, but make space for dessert. The Sticky Toffee Pudding with Burnt Butter Ice Cream is the ultimate ending for this feast.
SMOKESTAK | 35 Sclater Street, London E1 6LB | Opening times: Monday-Saturday, lunch 12pm-3pm, dinner 5:30pm-11pm; Sunday, midday-9pm