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David Carter brings high-end street food to Shoreditch


35 Sclater St, Shoreditch, London E1 6LB
+44 20 3873 1733
Mon-Fr 12:00–15:00, 17:30–23:00
Sat 12:00–23:00
Sun 12:00–21:30
Cost: £10–15

Good news for barbecue lovers and fans of upmarket street food—David Carter has opened his first restaurant in Shoreditch. A true rebel and experimenter, Carter previously worked front-of-house at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and Roka.

Smokestak may just be the best BBQ joint in the neighborhood. The briskets and pastrami are melt-on-your-tongue juicy, and even the carrots, thyme, honey are roasted to perfection. A gigantic grill takes up almost half the restaurant; the other half is crammed with huge, wooden tables and benches. Discerning diners will appreciate the choice of Dickensian windows and surrealistic glass. Our London insiders say Smokestak is like an opera—about barbecue. Every bite is a rock opera in your mouth.

We recommend: brisket bun, pickled red chilli; pastrami; roasted carrots, thyme, and honey; mushrooms on toast, beef dripping gravy; thick-cut pork ribs, pickled cucumber; and sticky toffee pudding, clotted ice cream for dessert.

Cuisine: high-end street food.

Atmosphere: relaxed.

The Crowd: creative types, hipsters, big-name restauranteurs, street artists. 

FYI: If the weather’s warm, grab a table outside.