Restaurant review: Porky’s, Camden, NW1

The ribs were epic

The ribs were epic - Credit: 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 Town

Porky's in Camden Town - Credit: Archant

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.

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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.

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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.

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