A grown-up City version of the beloved Soho rib joint
The most memorable things about Pitt Cue’s first restaurant on Newman street (which they opened after the success of their van under Hungerford Bridge) were the insanely long queues and crazily good pulled pork. Now they’ve closed the Soho site, ditched the street food and opened a shiny restaurant in the shadow of the Gherkin where you can – gasp – actually book.
Gone are the metal trays piled with meat and washed down with pickleback shots. Say hello to white china, napkins, a long wine list and cuts of beautiful meat. This is a completely new animal – let’s call it Pitt Cue Premium. That’s not to say it’s bad, it most certainly isn’t. It’s just very different.
The food continues to be impressive, and still a heart attack waiting to happen. Melt-in-the-mouth short rib beef came with dangerously delicious bone marrow soaked bread. Bone marrow mash as divine as ever, while carrot salad with cow curd provided a welcome change of texture.
What’s missing is the intimate atmosphere and casual vibe of the previous incarnation. Instead, this is a more corporate set up, the hipster crowd replaced by boozing city boys. It feels like Pitt Cue has grown up, but lost its soul along the way.
|Venue name:||Pitt Cue Co|
1 Devonshire Sq
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool St|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
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the whole point of Pitt Cue was always, and still is, the food. I went to the Soho one many times, i found the queues interminable, the room brutally uncomfortable - but i didn't care when the food was as remarkable as it was...i lived in the deep south of the USA for several years and i believe that the quality ( though not the portion sizes or value for money) of the Pitt Cue offering would put them in the top half dozen places I ate BBQ at out there. There is not another place in London, let alone England, that does what Pitt Cue does, so well. Every time we ate at the Soho restaurant, we would eat something that we insisted was the best we'd ever had, of its type.
The city restaurant is a nightmare to find and the acoustics are atrocious. We waited 90 minutes to be served food, which is obviously absurd but it's kind of in keeping with the Soho vibe - which was that you had to wait, albeit in a queue rather than sitting at a table.
With that proviso, I'm happy to report that the food is still incredible. We had the best pork rump any of us had ever eaten, I mean there were grown men making animal noises unselfconsciously, as they chomped down. We could moan about how quickly the specials seem to run out but Pitt Cue was never about the refined restaurant experience, it was, and still is, all about some of the most sensational food you will ever eat and I said that as someone who has eaten everywhere in London, from Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, via Chez Bruce, to St Johns. It's right up there.