Ever since Adam plucked a rib from his chest (admittedly, to ‘make Eve’ rather than fix dinner), we’ve had a thing for ribs. Here are five places serving up the best pork and beef in London. Do you agree with our choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
Venue says: “Spend your lunch break at Barbecoa and enjoy our new seasonally changing lunch menu, with two courses for £24 or three for £27.”
Here’s what to do at this highfalutin smoke and steakhouse: go directly to the baby back ribs (do not pass go, do not collect £200). The best dish in the joint, it’s also a starter, but no matter: you can always fake a medical emergency and leave straight after. You get roughly half a rack, with plenty of meat on dem bones. The pork is chewy, pit-smoked and slathered in a sweet, sticky marinade, with chilli and coriander adding fire and zing. Ribs from £10.
A barbecue joint in a former pub, Duke's dishes up ribs that are truly divine. Go for either the beef or pork: both come smoked to within an inch of their lives, with a sweet, charry stickiness that you’ll want to lick off your fingers. The tender flavourful meat falls off the bones... You should be getting the picture by now: we're fans. Ribs from £10.25.
If you’re not at imminent risk of having a heart attack, these might be the ribs for you. So rich and so decadent that they’re probably on your GP’s no-no list along with Krispy Kremes and stuffed-crust pizzas, this enormous ‘bar snack’ (ha!) comes crafted from pork belly. This means the fatty-edged meat is exceptionally juicy, with very little bone. A fruity, peppery marinade gives it intensity, while pickled red cabbage is the perfect accompaniment. Ribs from £10.
They should rename this joint Pitt ‘Queue’ Co, Because the waiting times at the Soho hotspot have become almost as legendary as the barbe-‘cue’ itself. It’s partly down to space (or lack thereof). But mostly, it’s because, heck, the ribs are so good. Chunky, blackened hunks of beef leap off the bone on contact, the dry-rub marinade is deep and intense, the flesh smoky and moist. The St Louis ribs (pork spare ribs to you and me) are pretty darn decent, too. Ribs from £11.
If you're after somewhere to stop for something sweet with a cuppa or a cooling beverage in north London, then consider heading to Holloway Road. There you'll find the light and airy milkshake and juice bar Miki's Paradise, with its cushioned benches and shabby chic decor. The more standard menu options include fruit smoothies, juices, teas and coffees, but the best reason for visiting is Miki's 'freakshakes'. These are jars of milkshake topped with all kinds of treats, including ice cream, pretzels, whole brownie squares, Oreos and ice cream cones. Sweet and savoury crepes are also on offer, as well as croissants and the brownie and shortbread toppers, which you can buy individually.
Venue says: “We are launching our summer freakshake next week! Come and sail with us this summer.”