Never has so little caused as big an impact.
Brisket is, by definition, a gift from the gods, no matter where you have it. But when I ordered my beef brisket from Smokestak at a non-irrelevant £11.5, I was certainly expecting something bigger or, dare I say it, meatier.
But as wise men know, size isn’t everything. Taste is. And boy does this meat taste good. Tender as can be, and full of delicious, meaty flavour, the beef brisket at Smokestak is smart to be such a small plate: it cannot realistically be shared. A good thing, since you will NOT want to share it.
Coupled with some ‘mustard bbq’ sauce (Is it mustard? Is it BBQ sauce? Who cares!), and served in an ever-so-hipsterish tray, the taste will remain in your tastebuds for long. Or at least for the few seconds before you realise you desperately need to order another round.
Slimy? A slice of juicy juicy meat, with juicy juicy sauce. Slime galore.
Satisfying? Why art thou so small, you beautiful brisket thing?!?
35 Sclater St, London E1 6LB
Beef is delicious. There’s no questioning that. Be it Argentinian steak, or just a juicy burger, it’s great in all forms. I’ve made an effort to give strange vegetarian concoctions the chance they deserve on this site, but at the end of the day, it always comes down to meat, glorious meat.
And Smokestak excels in the art of serving meat. Though this is the second time I try their magnificent cuts (first one being 2015’s National Burger Day), it feels like a reunion. A very, very happy one. In a more permanent set up at Hawker House, it’s still the same no frills food market food, which means it’s quick and cheaper than going to an all out BBQ place. But by no means worse!
You’ll want to lick the paper afterwards
I got the Beef Brisket Bun, a sandwich which has chillies, sauce and stuff, all to glorify the most deliciously smoked US beef this side of the Atlantic. Full of flavour, tender as can be, full of joy.
The softest bite to any sandwich I’ve had…
The blissful happiness didn’t last for long, as the queue to get another one was understandably huge. All’s fair in the quest for great beef. All for more of this beef, glorious beef.
Slimy? No amount of parchment paper can keep something this good contained
Satisfying? Beef, glorious beef. Enough said.
At Hawker House and other markets.