After a well-received stint on the South Bank last Summer, supplying hungry strollers with a little taste of the deep south, Pitt Cue Co have planted their roots in a tiny cornered restaurant a stone’s throw away from Carnaby Street. Since opening, it’s proven to be popular by the dedicated eaters who willingly wait to be let in, teased by the waft of the meat smoker every time the door opens.
With only 30 seats, there is a no reservation policy, so we waited for 1 hour and 40 minutes (for the good of this review). Once inside the door, there is a bar area with a selection of bourbon cocktails and we strongly recommend the Pickle Back to get your juices flowing. We also tried the Big Mac n Rye, but this wasn’t to either of our liking.
The main dishes are roughly £10 and consist of a meat, side, pickles and a chunk of bread. We ordered the Pulled Pork with Vinegar ‘Slaw and the St Louis Ribs with Hock, Beet and Pickled Salad. Although both mains come with a small serving of Vinegar ‘Slaw anyway, so we’d recommend choosing a different side to sample more of the menu (unless you’re really big on ‘slaw), such as the Burnt End Mash as recommended by the fellow diners sitting next to us.
The food arrived in a large enamel pie dish. We helped ourselves to the mismatched cutlery from the tin can in the middle of the table. The ribs were smokey, juicy, tender and fell away from the bone with ease. They were lacquered in a sticky moreish barbecue sauce. Epic. The pulled pork was everything you’d imagine it to be; soft, smoky and flavoured with all the subtile spices you’d expect from a good barbecue. The key to the flavour of the meat comes from the slow cooking in one of their two smokers, like true Louisiana style.
In contrast, the sides were welcomingly crunchy and appropriately zingy and sharp, helping to add bite to the tender meat and balance to the sweetness of the barbecue sauce.
Although our bellies were full, the waitress twisted our arms into getting one of the two desserts on offer that night. We opted for the sticky toffee pudding dotted with boozy raisins and a salt caramel sauce with a dollop of ice cream. It was warm, moist and sweet, with a heavy kick of bourbon. Mmm pleasurable.
Pitt Cue Co is a carnivore’s wet dream; where else could you order a meat dish, with optional extra meat, plus a side of meat? Even the Extras on the menu, which make great snacks when drinking at the bar, are laden with more meat. Dinner with drinks is around £40 for two including service. We’re looking forward to our next visit already.
1 Newburgh St
London, W1F 7RB
Monday-Saturday 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm