Flying Visit to Pitt Cue
18th January 2012
I discovered PittCueCo under the Hungerford Bridge, on London’s Southbank, in the ‘Summer of 2011’. This turned into a summer long love affair, namely with their pulled pork and illustrated in my last post (click here)…
So it didn’t take long for the wafts of the BBQ fayre to send twitter foodies into fever-point. I left it a few days and visited off-peak, to get a queue free seat and fast service. The new PittCueCo, is in Newburgh Street, just off the bustle of Carnaby Street.
An intimate venue, with 30 seats, a little like Spuntino in the manner that there’s informal seating at the bar and more downstairs. I braced myself for the Foodie avalanche, Tourists who had luckily stumbled upon it and Media Dahling Soho-ites dining there. On entering, I was greeted by the ever charming Jamie (a partner) and offered a ceremonial ‘Pickleback’, I declined as it just isn’t my cup of tea… Thankfully, I pitched the timing just right, post-work drinks and dining hadn’t commenced yet, so I took a stool downstairs. I spied Tom (the other partner) cooking away in the Kitchen, so said a quick hello. It’s quite different, having been familiar with seeing them both in action in the old truck, now seeing them in their Front and Back of House roles.
The menu, is a succinct selection of unctuously delicious ‘comfort’ food. I was glad to see my favourites on the menu (pulled pork, brisket and slaw). When opting for a mains and a side the pair come in at £9 – 9.50, not bad considering you get (mains, side, house pickles and a piece of toasted sourdough). The ‘Special’ tonight was a ‘House Sausage’, I decided to try this and the dessert offering on another occasion, when I had more time. One pretty special new side dish, was the ‘Burnt End Mash’. It was a beautifully smooth and buttery mashed potato, with tender ends of the beef brisket laden on top.
The food is served up in rectangular tin dishes and jars, a cross between old school camping kit and Little House on the Prairie (sweet). I did notice there were two filled bun options (for pulled pork or brisket). When I asked to order them, I was told they were take-away only… boo I say, as I would have been keen. I did pick this up with Jamie on leaving and he said they were available at the bar, well… to loyal customers ;
Alas next time, I know to sit upstairs for the buns, to peruse the great selection of bourbon’s & rye’s displayed on the back-bar and just have a good time. This isn’t food for a flying visit (my schoolgirl error), it’s food to be relished, saluted with a PickleBack and obviously followed up with a dessert.
Alas, there are no bookings, so either go off-peak, or as word spreads, prepare to queue…Address: 1 Newburgh St, Soho, W1F 7RB Website: http://www.pittcue.co.uk/