After driving past Smokehouse on numerous occasions it was finally time to give it a try. The owners of Smokehouse have quite a collection in establishments The Princess of Shoreditch, The Pig & Butcher and Noble Inns. As the name would suggest Smokehouse is very much focussed around good quality British meat and lots of fire.
Emma and I were seated in probably the most awkward table of the room, almost on top of the couple next to us and right in the path of the waiters and waitresses carrying plates of food but nevertheless the restaurant packed out so we made do with our spot.
The wall is adorned with a big chalk drawing of a cow displaying their various cuts and in the middle you have their daily steaks available to share between two.
We started with sharing the chopped brisket roll and gochujang. This was a meaty dish consisting of a crispy roll filled with tender beef brisket with the slightly spicy sauce on the bottom.
Next up was a rather disappointing potted smoked dug leg and toast. The meat was a little too dry when topped on the even drier toast.
For mains I was craving a good old burger so went for the Smokehouse version which is topped with korean pulled pork and served with chips. The burger was good, sauce oozing out the sides, unfortunately the chips were a bit of a failure. It wasn’t the greatest burger I’d ever had and so would suggest giving the other dishes a try.
Emma went for the smoked pork belly, brown shrimp, udon and pear miso – very unusual mixture of flavours but seemed to go down a treat.
Pudding was a recommendation from the waiter, Double D Tart. A solid slice of chocolate on top of a chocolately rice crispy style cake accompanied with pistachio ice cream. Was actually very nice, sweet treat on a cold autumn evening!
The place has a lovely local pub feel and the food was good but just a tad too rich, both Emma and I struggled the next day by the large amounts of meat!