14 Post/s by location: Soho

An ode to Pitt Cue Co – the trailer’s back in town

17 Jun 2012

Pitt Cue Co, my appreciation for you and your way with meat runs deep. As deep as the rich, fatty, meat juices of your tender smoky beef brisket runs into your buttery brioche bun. I’ve been a huge fan of yours ever since I first glimpsed upon your shimmering silver trailer last year, under the shadowy confines of the Hungerford Bridge, on that rainy London summer’s day as the Thames lapped against the banks and the trains rumbled overhead. I remember you smelt like heaven that day.

Beef Brisket Bun al desko

Beef Brisket Bun al desko

As you might have guessed I rather like Pitt Cue Co. Since becoming addicted to their Picklebacks (whisky shot chased by a pickle brine shot served with pork crackling) from an early stage, they’ve always held a special place in my heart. This year they upgraded from the silver trailer (which retired at the end of last Summer with a massive party with Hawksmoor and Tweat Up) and moved into a (marginally) roomier location in Soho, just off Carnaby Street. We are now practically work buddies. Move over Bodeans! I rejoiced at being able to pop over to my favourite BBQ joint for their a dose of their flavoursome, melt in the mouth pulled pork for lunch. (more…)

Soho Food Feast 2012 doing it for the kids

29 May 2012

Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day for the Soho Food Feast – the annual event held to raise money for the local Soho Parish Primary School. Returning to St Annes Churchyard for it’s second year, Summer had finally decided to rear it’s head and everyone at this sold out event was in great spirits, enjoying the fun, family-friendly, garden party vibe.

Soho Food Feast

The Soho Food Feast comes across as a smaller, more intimate and better value Taste of London at £6 for entry and £2 per dish. The line up of restaurants was excellent and included the likes of Barrafina, Bocca Di Lupo, Dehesa, Hix, Polpo, Quo Vadis, St John Hotel, The Ivy, The Meatwagon and many, many other huge names in the restaurant scene. Also present were top chefs including Fergus Henderson and Peter Gordon. (more…)

Ribstock 2012

27 Apr 2012

Did I ever mention I am really into ribs? The greasy, sticky, sweet, finger licking BBQ kind I mean. Well I am, big time. So great is my weakness that it’s rare that I can scan past the words “ribs” on a menu without immediately putting the menu down and looking no further.

Ribs being prepared by Red Dog Saloon

Ribs being prepared by Red Dog Saloon

I once seriously considered dining at every rib serving restaurant in London in order to find the ultimate ones. Of course these were the days before my cravings for tasty meats could be sated by the likes of The Rib Man, Pitt Cue Co, Hawksmoor and other such fine meat-drenched establishments – when they appeared on the scene I felt the need to search no longer.

But the moment I first heard of Ribstock (a Rib competition devised by The Rib Man and organised by Tweat Up) I knew it was for me. (more…)

Taste of London 2011 Round Up

20 Jun 2011

Every Summer the Taste of London food festival takes place over 4 days in Regents Park. It is by far one of my most favourite festivals and in the past five years, rain or shine, I’ve not missed a single one! This year we managed to survive the recent damp weather relatively unscathed except for a few muddy puddles.

Taste of London

We attended on Sunday, the final day of the festival and also the day with the longest session lasting from 12 – 5pm, allowing us more time for eating, drinking, browsing and general enjoyment! We’d purchased VIP tickets so after a quick glass of complimentary champers in the BA VIP Tent, we set off ready to eat! (more…)

Hitching a ride on the Spuntino bandwagon

31 Mar 2011

For the past few weeks or so, I’ve been bombarded with a barrage of twittering and blogging about Spuntino - the latest offering from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty (operators of Soho-based, Venetian style bacaro haunts, Polpo and Polpetto).

Spuntino

“New York! Brooklyn! Lower East Side! Speakeasy!” they say of the atmosphere and decor.

“Seats only 26! No reservations, no phone number provided!” they say of the restaurant policy.

“Truffle egg toast! Sliders! Mac and cheese! Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!” they say of the food.

“ZOMG! Sex shops and hookers!” they say of the location within Soho’s red light district.

After being driven a little mad from persistent ravings about an eatery so nearby to my office, I decided to wander down in my lunch break to see what the deal was. (more…)