After a month of living in Stroud Green I went to Rub restaurant which has been opened for just over a year and had me intrigued every day since I moved to the area. Smoked goods such as pulled pork, baby back ribs, chicken wings and even mac n cheese had me all tempted.
I finally succumbed and dived in quite reluctantly on Saturday. I had already had a meat feast that week and was suffering a hang over so I just wanted to sleep. But thanks to my brother and a packed restaurant elsewhere we went in.
The restaurant has the vibe of somewhere trying to take off and trying to build on a lot. This is a relatively new place and changes are happening but it is good to see and I just hope they don't get ahead of themselves and instead focus on good food and a service to match.
In terms of value for money, this place delivers; the service was friendly but a bit all over the place but I can only see improvements happening. The food was good value and very satisfactory. I wouldn't go too much beyond that in terms of praise but I enjoyed my Bacon Mac, which was crispy on top and had creamy cheese running throughout the delicate macaroni. I would have preferred slightly bigger pieces of bacon, however it fulfilled its job of being cheesy and went some way to curing my hangover.
The Pulled Pork was served on a brioche and also can come with rice. This was tasty and the BBQ sauce gave it an extra zing but was a bit dry. Usually by smoking it for eight hours it should be juicy and therefore it shouldn't be dry. The brioche was a great touch and helped the dish and gave it a special touch. An extra mention will go to what my brother ordered- which was the Rub platter which consisted of Pulled Pork, Chicken Wings, Onion Rings, Chips and Coleslaw. there should have also been ribs but they had run out which was disappointing as ribs were one of the main attractions. At £20 it was value and he did seem happy with his choice. He wasn't over the moon but it did the trick and I agree.
Go Local or Go Home.
One Liner: Good value smoked food - rub for some grub
Address: 121 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 3RZ
Phone: 020 7281 0199