Birthday dinner @ Smokestak, Shoreditch

Yusssss birthday week had begun. My London girls are always up for a cheeky celebration which of course included lots of food and vino. We’d heard rumours the newly opened Smokestak was the biz… ( and by god it was all true.) So off we troddled to Shoreditch for a quick pre drink at Owl & the Pussycat– which is also v cool btw, head upstairs!

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Smokestak is uber cool. Dark, dirty, loud and super busy, this was a true smoky smokehouse. We obvs booked ahead and had a cute centre table, great for eyeballing the food rolling out. Short and sweet menus didn’t help narrow down what we wanted- it all looked amazing. We got started on our first bottle of red and reeled off our order.

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Mini brisket sliders on brioche buns with pickled chilli to share flew straight out. OMG small- but mighty in taste, the beef was insane.

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Next crispy ox cheek croquette balls with a  puree potato. Lushhh shredded meat inside and crispy perfect shell.

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A fancy portion of pork scratchings which blew my mind. Sticky and sweet tiny bones were fatty and delicious.

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The main event was a table full of man meat which gave us a good run for our money. We loosened the spandex and tucked in. Beef ribs were a delight…

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as was more brisket… just look at that juicy shine.

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These babies were jacket spuds covered in welsh rareeeeeebit – aka tons of tasty cheese! The burnt bums just added to the flavours.

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We needed some green to balance out the red meat so went for this crazy iceberg thing. I cant remember the actual name but it was good.

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Twp portions of the pork ribs which outshone the beef ribs. The sauce was delish. We actually couldn’t finish a few bits so lucky boy got a bedtime doggy bag treat.

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We ended the night with a little bday sing song and a spoon of this sticky toffee gorgeousness each. That dark treacle was the shit.

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I could still smell the smoke on my scarf the next day- now that is good damn BBQ- arghh so so good. I’m planning my next visit already- the counter seats where you can watch the action have my name on.

More birthdays please!

 

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