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|Address:||111-113 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JN|
|Tel:||020 3463 0542|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £15.00||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-12M (Thurs -2am Fri -3am) Sat-Sun 11am-3am (Sun -12M)|
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Working in Camden we're not short of places for lunch, and I walked past the Blues Kitchen many times before I ventured in. Having been there once, it's now on my list of regular haunts.
The decor is artfully dishevelled, with that lived in look that takes either years or money to achieve. The booths are very comfortable and widely spaced, enough for 6 if you're very friendly (and/or Camden chic skinny), or they can fit 4 porkers like me.
The menu is comfort food all the way. The pulled pork sandwiches I think are the highlight of the menu, with the meat melt in the mouth tender and not a hint of dryness, and the right amount of apple sauce to complement the saltiness of the meat. Also highly recommended are the buffalo wings, hot enough to put a zing on your lips but not so hot you struggle to finish or are crying by the end.
Chips come in ain interesting tin cup and are well cooked, though better to go for the coleslaw which is creamy and suitable chunky.
The only disappointing item I've had on the menu so far has been the burger. The Bun and the toppings are excellent, but the burger itself just didn't deliver, it seemed a touch anaemic and flaccid. That said, having one of the best Burger joints in London just up the road may well mean that my internal burger bar is just set too high…
Service is generally good, with the food coming quickly, however even when it's quiet the staff tend to be a bit far away for you to get their attention should you need something.
They advertise themselves as the best lunch in Camden. Well maybe not quite, but certainly in my top 5.