Posted on Monday, 1st June 2015
Guest post by Food Porn Nation.
With locations in Marylebone and Brixton, The Joint is another American BBQ spot to hit the London food scene. The Joint originally began as a pop up by Warren Dean and Daniel Fiteni and has morphed into an establishment due to its pop up success. The signature dishes include the baby back ribs and chilli chicken wings which are worth a try and the rest of the menu is short and sweet. The dining experience is a casual take away affair, with understated communal wooden benches, and a mixture of paper plates and cutlery for service. Simple yet effective.
To begin, we tucked into the chilli chicken wings (£4.50). These were sticky, tangy, succulent and falling off the bone. The sauce wasn’t as spicy as suggested but the flavour of sauce and the execution of wings were definitely solid.
The one item I couldn’t resist was the the bloody bacon vodka shot. Ideal for lovers of bacon and lovers of vodka, this shot was infused with a delectable bacon flavour that was followed by a savoury tomato based chaser shot. I highly recommend you try this. Incredibly novel and delicious!
The signature baby back ribs (£11.00) did not disappoint. These were well flavoured with a sticky delicious BBQ sauce. The onion rings were crispy and crunchy on the surface and soft on the inside and were perfect with the addition of the BBQ and hot sauces presented on the side. The slaw was lovely and light, a great way to add balance to the meal.
The mini buns (£8.50) were a great way to sample two of any of three meats from the main menu. We couldn’t resist the 16 hour pulled pork. Tender and filling, the pulled pork bun came with candied bacon, slaw and salad on top. While tasty, I didn’t find that the salty and sweet flavours of the candied bacon were really present. The beef brisket was the tastier of the two which came topped with smoked aioli, bacon relish, salad and was served on a potato bun. Unfortunately, the potato bun was firmer and thicker in texture and did not pair well with the delicious fillings inside.
The food at The Joint was very tasty showcasing some of their best BBQ items from the short and sweet all American menu. The service was relaxed, thoughtful and attentive to the diner. The venue is a great spot for bring groups to gather around for a feed but also to knock back a few drinks. Overall, it’s a great little find to eat, drink and be merry at a really good price point too.
1) Bloody Bacon shot
2) Chilli chicken wings
3) Onion rings
4) BBQ sauces
1) The bread in the buns
Food rating: 3.5/5
Service rating: 3.5/5
Prices: £15 to £20 for a main and a side, excludes drinks and service.