I have wanted to visit Neil Rankins' Smokehouse restaurant since before it opened. A few of my friends have gone and the talk of going had increased in the last few months and I went last night. Thank you so much to all involved, my parents, god and myself, it was awesome.
The restaurant had such a great atmosphere and we had friendly staff too helping us all night. My friend had previously been and was we arrived he heard that his favourite dish of shortrib was not available. He went to the head chef to say how great it was and an hour later a complimentary piece of short rib was presented to him. This special touch added to the amazing food we all had and the lovely wine too.
The food was so amazing and every bite lent itself to a moment of glory and ecstasy. The food in London is becoming so good and new places are popping up constantly. Going out and trying all these places is a pleasure but it does put a strain on the wallet.
For starter I had beef brisket in a fried encasing with Gochujang sauce. So the beef wasn't fried but was soft and tender and very amazing. The sauce was tangy with a hint of spice and added an extra moisture to the dish.
For main course I ordered "The Sphere" which was similar to the starter but with ham hock and pigs cheek and cuttlefish romesco surrounding it. The delightful ham and romesco made me very very happy. This dish left me absolutely stuffed but also wanting more and more bites once I had finished it.
All the meals were so tasty and the desert just added to my enjoyment. I am looking forward to going back as I know that every dish will be excellent. I have just found out that they serve burgers on occasions too which means I will be back.
One Liner: An elevated gastro pub which specialises in smoked meat
Address: 63–69 Canonbury Road, Islington, London, N1 2DG
Phone: 020 7354 1144