Where to Go Now: Hotbox

There are many things we have missed over the past year and a half, but certainly dining out is up there. Now that we’re getting back to normal, we have the opportunity to get excited again about new dining experiences. We went on the hunt for good vibes and we lucked out when we found Spitalfields modern smokehouse – HotBox. If you’ve been waiting for a place that can cater for all and outshines every expectation, Hotbox is THE place you should try next.

We get it, you’re thinking “Another Smokehouse?” “Just meat and BBQ sauce?”, well you’re beyond wrong! HotBox is an amazing mixture of high-end dining with very dish on the menu having an element cooked over fire or smoke, and each item is impeccably sourced from a chain of trusted suppliers.

It offers a relaxed and comfy decor whilst providing one of the best atmospheres in London. Whether you’re craving beautifully cooked meat or looking to keep those healthy lifestyle promises in tact, HotBox has something for everyone to go to town on. If you had a boozy day before and are in need of a brunch of champions we recommend the crushed avocados with tender chicken and waffles, or just jump back off the wagon and have a bottomless brunch!

The menu is a mix of smoked meats, burgers and buns including the Korean Pork Belly (Smoked pork belly slices, brushed with korean glaze, onions, pickles and pickled slaw) and Beef Rib Tacos (DIY tacos: Smoked grain-fed beef rib, corn tacos with bbq sauce, pickles, salsa & coriander). Their much loved Slow-cooked smoked brisket is from a recipe that remains unchanged since the very earliest days of Hotbox, this is served in a brioche bun with chipotle mayo and pickles. As for the sides, guests can expect the indulgent Brisket Poutine (Hand cut fries, triple cooked with beef brisket, smoked cheese, crispy shallots and bbq sauce) and Japapeño slaw (Pickled jalapeño, slices cabbage, carrot, red onion with citrus sesame seed dressing).

To drink, HotBox’s brand new cocktails take centre stage, with an extensive selection of vodkas, rums and gins expertly mixed by the bar team. The new concoctions include the Spicy Bourbon Sour made with Evan Williams whiskey, lemon and Jalepeño Agave and a Palermo made with Cazcabel blanco, honey, pink salt, lime and grapefruit.

Hotbox has also announced the location of its second site to accompany its Shoreditch flagship and operations in Market Halls Fulham and West End. The new 42-cover Hotbox will sit inside the just opened Hawley Wharf complex in Camden and will open its doors on Wednesday, 1st September.


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