Search

Restaurant review: Porky’s, Camden, NW1

PUBLISHED: 14:44 07 November 2013

The ribs were epic

The ribs were epic

Archant

Barbecue shacks maybe ten a penny these days but Porky’s in Camden can boast something that truly makes it stand out from the crowd: some of the best ribs in London.

Porky's in Camden TownPorky's in Camden Town

They really are awe-inspiring. For a start, they are massive. About a foot by my reckoning and the secret here is using the higher ribs, from further up the pig, to give you those all-important extra few inches.

By all accounts the chef had to search far and wide for a good supplier, but now they’ve found one, they are away.

Then there is the meat itself – thick, juicy tender chunks of pork hang temptingly from every bone.

And lastly the sauce – an ocean of sharp, tangy, ever so slightly sweet barbecue inhabited the bottom of the plate. Impressive stuff.

Restaurant info:

Porky’s

18 Chalk Farm Road,

NW1 8AG

Tube: Camden Town/Chalk Farm

T: 0207 428 0998

E: eat@porkys.co.uk

Mains: from £5.95

Wine: from £17 a bottle

Children welcome: Yes

Disabled access: Yes, no toilet

The rest of the menu isn’t too shabby either. The chicken wings were nice enough, although could have used a blue cheese dip.

Likewise the pulled pork croquettes, which were full of flavour but really needed more moisture.

Spectacular

The porky burger, on the other hand, was pretty much faultless. Succulent patty? Check. Bacon and cheese? Check. Seasame bun? Check. The pulled pork was the metaphorical icing on the cake.

Nothing comes with fries, but there are a fair few sides to choose from.

The creamed spinach had a lovely texture but lacked seasoning. Meanwhile the coleslaw was on the drab side.

To finish, a frankly spectacular chocolate brownie sundae and sweet subtle cheesecake help you slip into a food-induced coma.

The bar also makes a fine effort. A whole host of signature cocktails keep thing lubricated and there’s a very interesting draft and bottled beer selection on offer – including a superb cinnamon and pumpkin ale that’s like autumn in a glass.

It’s simple, robust fare but done to a cracking standard and will no doubt make a lot of friends in rowdy Camden Town.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.



Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Islington Gazette