Restaurant in Aldgate
Hotbox is on Commercial Street between Liverpool Street and Aldgate. Like many of the best smokehouses, it started off as a street food vendor which became far too popular!
I visited for a great collaboration between Hotbox and American bourbon company, Wild Turkey. They were offering a limited edition pairing menu. At only £25 for 2 courses and 2 pairing cocktails or £30 for 3 courses / 3 cocktails, it was exceptional value. The menu aims to take customers through the life of the Real Kentucky cocktails paired with fantastic barbecue dishes from Hotbox.
To start, we had the Slow smoked brisket slider buns with sweet and tangy Wild Turet barbecue sauce. This was paired with a Ten Cent Pistol cocktail: Wild Turkey rye, banana, honey, lemon and tea smoke. The dishes were well matched and the brisket was absolutely fantastic!
On to the mains we had 18-hour smoked pulled pork in barbecue dripping sauce. This was served with a side of the Kentucky favourite – the corn bread salad. This was made up of jalapeno sour cream, spicy black beans, smoked cheddar and grilled corn. We also had the Smoked and spirtzed mutton shank. The pork was paired with the White Heat cocktail – a sugar and spice twist on the Wild Turkey 101 Old Fashioned mixed with white chocolate and pepper. The shank was paired with Ball and Boil: wild turkey rye, apricot, lemon, sugar, bitters and fruited IPA.
Gorgeous food, relaxed atmosphere and good service. Must return for a bottomless brunch for £25pp where you can choose from unlimited Prosecco, Mimosa or Bloody Mary with a brunch dish priced at between £7 and £12.
East London Girl: Hotbox
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