I discovered Hotbox when I visited the Yelp's Mad Scientist Soirée and they were there dishing out some very impressive pork ribs, so good that I decided to visit Hotbox the actual restaurant itself to try out other items on the menu. Once a trendy street food vendor, it is now permanently located at Spitalfields with a basement bar which seems to be a very popular drinking joint for a weekend night out in The City. Every item on the menu looked very tempting so I ended up going for the Hotbox selection to give me a chance to try out pretty much every single smoked item on the regular menu.
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The most expensive piece of meat on the plate was the short ribs but it hardly justified the cost, the meat was not as moist as I was expecting and lacked the succulent factor, it had great seasoning but it was let down by the the texture. The pulled pork was very juicy and tender with a hint of spiciness, very flavoursome and robust. But the star item was still the smoked pork ribs, once again it was sensational, it had a big smoky flavour with the perfect balance of sweetness, spiciness and saltiness. It was a very fine piece of rib and one of the finest I have encountered in London. To sum it up, Hotbox is a great BBQ joint but there are misses as well as hits, price wise it is not cheap with side dishes costing up to £6.50 and the main cost anything from £10 to £24. A great addition to Spitalfields but not one that I will return in a hurry.
What I paid:
Average cost without drinks and services:
46-48 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT