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A sequel to the highly successful Porky’s Camden, this Bankside offshoot provides more of the same smoky
porcine pleasures and rocking Tennessee tunes. After a ‘warm-up’ of cheesy corn hush puppies or a mug of chilli, move on to the ‘main act’ – slow-cooked meaty ribs with the house sauce, 18-hour
pulled pork, ‘good licks’ such as spicy fried catfish, and assorted ‘hound dogs’ (British pork sausage with fried onions in a bun, plus assorted toppings), all served in classic enamel dishes. The
‘sideshow’ comprises garlic toast, fried sweet potatoes and suchlike, while ‘encores’ come in the shape of baked vanilla cheesecake or brownie sundaes. To drink, expect picklebacks, craft beers,
bourbons, a fistful of wines and various Americana cocktails such as Smokes and Rye (Peychaud bitters, liquid smoke, rye, egg white, lime juice and sugar syrup).
When I first got a job on London’s Southbank back in the mists of time, there weren’t many local culinary delights to shout about. Sure there were a few OK pub lunches to be had and a couple of decent greasy spoons but that was all. How things have changed! The area has now been re-branded as Bankside and some great restaurants have popped up. They’re still out-numbered by the Prets and Starbucks of this world, but the independents are more than holding their own.First came The Table, then Tsuru, Vapiano, even Gordon Ramsey took a gamble on the area and opened The Union Street Cafe. Mark Hix is also opening a Hixter – things are really on the up. Although it wasn’t any of these establishments that we went to review, it was Porky’s BBQ – the home to some good old Tennessee style meat...
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