North American·
Silver Award
London, E1 6LB ·Website ·Call020 3873 1733

SquareMeal Review of Smokestak

Silver Award

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018Discreetly housed in Shoreditch (the signage is hardly visible) is this BBQ smokehouse from David Carter, former front of house manager for Roka and Gordon Ramsay. The industrial, brooding two-floor site features an open kitchen on the ground floor and a bar below, with dark and moody interiors matching the young and bearded Shoreditch crowd. Food-wise, the menu is short with small plates and sharing dishes of grilled meats, with everything being served when ready. The kitchen delivers: our starting snack of crackled pig’s tail was so crispy and juicy that we asked for a second round; smoked girolle and beef-dripping toast was rich and gloriously messy; chunky, sticky and seriously tender pork ribs are paired with a cheese-slathered jacket potato. If you’ve got a sickly-sweet tooth, round it all off with the sticky toffee pudding, topped with burnt-butter ice cream. Staff are well-trained and the bartenders make a mean cocktail (we recommend the Plantation), or there are Dalston-brewed craft beers. Our only gripe is with the inconveniently placed toilets, which take the ‘industrial’ theme a little too far. Nevertheless, cracking food and pocket-friendly prices make this a smoking hot (sorry) debut for Carter.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
North American
Cool, Fun, Lively
Dates, Group dining [8+]

Location for Smokestak

35 Sclater Street, London, E1 6LB

020 3873 1733


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sun 12N-9pm

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9 Reviews 

Adrian P

29 June 2019  
Brilliant food, great atmosphere.

Andrew C

27 June 2018  
Possibly the best brisket in Europe and in the same league as the States. Worth the trek to Shoreditch.

Joanna M

27 June 2018  
Great venue, excellent value for money (on both food and wine list) and probably the best smelling (due to the cooking process) restaurant in London.

Tim C

21 March 2018  
How could you not fall in love with fish and chips while in Padstow, but Steins is simply unbeatable!

Emma O

The best street food in London moves into permanent premises!
22 December 2017  
The best street food, I have been eating with them for years at Hawker House. I could not have been more excited that they opened a restaurant. I was not disappointed. Their meat is amazing, melt in the mouth deliciousness. You cannot miss this, it is delicious, well priced, and a really cool space.
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Lloyd S

Fantastic Smokehouse BBQ
23 July 2017  
The more pictures and reviews that I'd seen of this place the more I wanted to visit and now I can cross it off the list and I would highly recommend you pay a visit yourself as this restaurant serves amazing Smokehouse BBQ . As soon as you walk through the door the fantastic aroma of BBQ hits you so your already licking your lips even before you've seen the menu. The place has a nice friendly atmosphere which is noticed as soon as you arrive. Once seated at the table we looked at the menu and wanted to order everything as each each dish looked so appealing but on the advice of our waitress we made some great choices we started with a couple if nibbles which were Crispy Ox Cheek & Padron Tempura then came the starters of Pastrami , Sour Cabbage & Pickles + the most amazing Wild Mushrooms with Beef Dripping on Toast and the it just got even better when the mains arrrived Thick Cut Pork Ribs with Pickled Cucumber & Beef Brisket with Mustard Barbecue Sauce both courses were so flavoursome we accompanied these with a delightful side dish of Baby Gem , Walnut Gremolata & Crispy Bacon all washed down with Wine & local brewed Pale Ale. So onto the desserts to which there were three on offer so it would have been rude not to order one of each and glad we did the Sticky Toffee Pudding was one of the best I've had especially with Burnt Butter Ice Cream the Salted Caramel ice cream with hazelnut praline & Lemon Curd with Rhubarb Granita were equally delicious and rounded of a fantastic lunch. So yes this place is definitely worth a visit as the food is amazing and the service is very friendly
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David H

Very tasty food with a strong visual statement.
01 July 2017  
Attracted by some positive comments online and an attractive though short menu, we made our first visit on a busy Saturday lunchtime. Looking at the place, it generates a feeling that perhaps its all about the look (unremittingly industrial and black, strong hints of abandonment) rather than the food, and attracting a young clientele exclusively. Nevertheless its a look we like; though it comes in different forms. Dabbous for example is perhaps the "Regent Street" of the reconstructed industrial environment. Smokestak is Bethnal Green- no more authentic, but less smooth. The food here is good. We sampled eight different dishes, shared most of them, in an attempt to get a good handle on the variety of the food coming off the barbecues. The crispy ox-cheek ( one of their nibbles) were outstanding, as were the charred greens Nothing was less than decent. Given our time again I'd by-pass the monkfish ( this type of cooking seems to do nothing more for it than more conventional grilling or pan-frying) and focus exclusively on the meat & veg and the wild mushroom on toast & dripping. Possibly best not to take your doctor along as your lunch guest here! Our 8 dishes and a bottle of wine came to £85 with service which we felt was decent value. We were the oldest here by a bit , but frankly were used to that and it doesn't faze us at all. We enjoyed the lunch and will enjoy it better when Crossrail provides a more convenient way to live in Berkshire but eat in east London. Right now it takes us longer to get to lunch than it does to eat it; but then we don't really feel we can keep an eye of what's going on in London without passing east of Liverpool Street. We'll go back.
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Birthday lunch
05 June 2017  
I chose the restaurant thinking more for my sons tastes after seen some good review about the brisket burger bun. I was not disappointed. The meat was so tender and succulent. We did eat too quickly though as everything arrived nearly as the same time (mains and starters). The burgers were not inputted as a main course so they arrived first, event before the drinks. Overall we were all happy though despite this light hiccup.
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Richard F

28 May 2017  
Great tapas style barbecue.
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