I am a big fan of the first Smokehouse (part of Noble Inns group) at Islington, Neil Rankin has re-formulated BBQ to something refined, edgy and most importantly, smokingly good. I guess BBQ 'premiumisation' would be the right word if I think in marketing terms. On the back of his Smokehouse success, Neil Rankin has been promoted to be the group's Executive chef and is expanding his Smokehouse concept. As soon as I discovered Smokehouse was launching a new branch in Chiswick, I wasted no time in booking a table for its soft launch.
|deep fried oyster, beef dripping toast, |
smoked bone marrow
|Cornish crab on sour dough toast|
|grilled lettuce and Korean pulled pork|
The menu was more or less the same as Smokehouse Islington, with signature dishes such as the foir gras apple pie. I had the Cornish crab on sour dough toast for my starter, the seasoning was spot on and the dish had a real fresh and sweet taste to it. The smoked Telfarm duck breast had a fun combination of kimchi and the spicy elements worked wonders with the rich and earthy meat. Oh, and how can I forget the legendary shortrib bourguignon, easily one of the best meat dishes in London for under £20, super tender with a mouthwatering smoky aroma, what a meaty sensation.
|smoked Telfarm duck breast, kimchi & potato cake|
|Double D tart|
Smokehouse Chiswick was a real delight, the food was on the same level as the original one but in an even better setting, more space, a bigger choice of drinks selection as well as a special whisky room to make this place far more than just a gastropub. I can see this place becoming a massive hit to the locals and I am sure I will visit it on a pretty regular basis as I work nearby. Whisky and BBQ?! What is not to love?
What I paid:
£29 per head with beer
Average cost without drinks and services:
12 Sutton Lane North,Chiswick, London W4 4LD