Red's True Barbecue London 1

54-56 Great Eastern Street , London, EC2A 3QR

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SquareMeal Review of Red's True Barbecue London

The first London outpost of a chain started in Leeds, this isn't just any old rib and burger joint – it's a veritable church of meat. An evangelical theme pervades the marketing material, menus and decor, but ignore all the talk about 'places of worship' and 'pilgrimages' and head straight for the 'low and slow' star turn – the pit burger (a gargantuan stack of two steak patties and other meaty stuff held together by cheese and a terrific homemade sauce). On the side, we'd suggest choosing Red's crisp, well-spiced onion rings rather than the (sometimes) under-seasoned chips. BBQ plates are also a must – especially the wonderfully flavoursome brisket and pulled pork with slaw. Portions are huge, so maybe skip starters and plump for pud – the chocolate and peanut-butter cheesecake is moreishly good, as are the shakes. In short, this is dude food done well.

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Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Amy M. platinum reviewer 01 April 2016

This joint is bringing the deep south meets rock music - Black Stone Cherry the band - to Shoreditch. Underneath is a bar (which is also packed with tables, so it is possible to eat down there) that has a decent selection of international beers both draft and bottled and a fairly innovative cocktail list. Sadly, it is almost impossible to detect whether or not they actually put any booze in them as the measures are really stingy. They were preparing for a live band to play (which I didn't stay to watch) so you could make this a destination for a night out. Upstairs is the restaurant, it is the site of the old Great Eastern Dining Rooms, so a fairly extensive space and it was packed. The staff are charming and really know their stuff about the menu (clearly drilled into them), but they aren't pushy about it and they are just attentive enough to keep bringing you more beer as your glass mysteriously empties. We really pigged out, there are faddy things on the menu - such as the Donut Burger - which had in fact sold out by 1930 but we went the more traditional route with trays (literally) of meat. The baby back ribs were smoked to perfection and came away from the bones beautifully, the pulled pork was soft and giving, the onion rings were gigantic and not greasy, the chicken wings are mutant sized and just hot enough and the 'slaw is crispy and fresh. Naturally, our eyes were bigger than our bellies, but they brought us boxes for a doggy bag with grace. The bill came to less than £70 and I got to rock out to Iron Maiden and Def Leppard on the "juke box". Great night, great food, will be back.


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