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A barbecue pop-up that opened its first permanent venue - complete with basement bar - in December 2014.
Maximise the meat! Don’t order too many side dishes! Thus advised the diner to my right, officially seated separately to our group, but in reality rubbing shoulders with me. This popular new barbecue destination in Spitalfields has bench seating, and if you’re a gang of four at a table for eight, you’re going to make new friends.
Which was fine with us, because it made the Hotbox experience feel like a party. The look of the place helped with the jovial atmosphere: dark wood everywhere in the large, attractive rooms, and surprisingly moody lighting from ceiling-hung fluorescent strips.
We meat-maxed with the Smoked Selection: short rib, pork rib, pulled pork, chicken thigh, outstanding smoked sausage (£21). Seasonings were spot-on, and (unusually) each component was perfectly cooked and showed no sign of dryness from sitting around. The menu also has some slightly daintier options: a taco, a couple of sandwiches and an excellent burger.
But the top choices (apart from the Smoked Selection) are the mega-spicy pork rib (£16 on its own), and especially the short rib (£24). Smoky, sweet and succulent, this was a match for any I’ve eaten in Texas or South Carolina. And regardless of what my new friend said, top-quality slaw, smoked mac and cheese and sweet potato chips are all worth ordering.
Our waiter guided us to the house red, a solid South African blend at £24. His chumminess made us smile, though others might have thought he was edging a little too close to over-familiar. Beer drinkers have a choice of six in bottles, cans and on tap (£4-£5.50); a Meantime range, Orval and the German Hopf Helle Weiss.
Sadly, you can only book for parties of six or more, so the lovely front-of-house staff suggested we wait at 46 & Mercy, the restaurant’s downstairs bar. It was way too loud for our liking, so they guided us to the excellent Discount Suit Factory nearby during our 45-minute wait.
In fact, noise ended up being our biggest complaint about the restaurant overall. Once seated, according to our sound-level meter it hit 90 decibels (mostly music) in the dining room. This is shout-or-forever-hold-your-peace territory.
If noise doesn’t faze you, here’s the plan. Book for six or more. House red. Sides in moderation. Forget dessert. Order extra sausage. While you’re in the box, maximise the meat.
46 Commercial Street
|Transport:||Tube: Aldgate East|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £90.|
|Opening hours:||Open 6pm-midnight Tues-Wed; 6pm-1am Thurs-Sat; 5pm-11pm Sun.|
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Users say (25)
Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:11
- 4 star:11
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Food wise it is definitely worth 5*, from the Service sadly just 4*. Meaning they are quite a nice bunch of people, but they are definitely more up for a good chat than taking attention to your needs while the whole restaurant experience. Besides this, I have been there for dinner and brunch and will be coming more often for sure, as my agency is around the corner and I do have a colleague with a Time Out Black card #lifegoals The Truffle Chicken and Waffle, is just a dream...I love Chicken and Waffle but this is a game changer. Not talking to less about the stunning Pork Ribs or the USDA Ribs, having the Mac'n'Cheese on Side...Its all is just beautiful and a fine thought through. Make a reservation before tho, I always had luck that they had some spare spaces but I think its better to be save and don't miss out on a great; Brunch, Lunch or Dinner.
This restaurant is amazing. Went here on Sunday and had the bottomless brunch - only £25 more, so if you have 3 or more drinks then it has paid for itself. The food is delicious and such a good change from the normal berakfast choices. Had the table for 2.5 hours and definitely made the most of the drinks!
Hotbox is definitely one of the better (if not only) bottomless brunch options in the Shoreditch/Aldgate area. I like that they have some interesting brunch options that go beyond the traditional English Breakfast. My favourite includes the Belgian Chicken and Waffle (picture below). I will say that I think the food quality has gone down a bit. This photo was taken over 6 months ago, and when I’ve been back, more recently, the dish looked (and tasted) nothing like this. Then again, when you have a £25 all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa option, who really cares how good the food is?
Amazing food - even for a veggie like me - Mushroom tacos! OMG! And the service is always amazing. Love this place!
This place is fantastc. The beef short rib is to die for. Can't rate this any higher. However you will need a lie down afterwards. A light bite this is not but it tastes oh so good.
Best barbecue in London by far. The beef rib is out of this world, and the sticky toffee pudding is one of the best I've ever had. Go for the food, go for the drinks, go for the atmosphere.. but just go.
I have been following HotBox around London all summer! The absolute best BBQ food I have ever had. I cannot wait for the soft launch, the launch the opening the everything. Will be making myself a permanent fixture!
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