We know it’s all about the beef here, but if you don’t get the bingo wings – then you’re missing out. Just be sure to have some paper towels on hand. And grab a side of fried pickles with blue cheese dip then wash them down with a cold beer (or a pickleback, if it’s later on in the evening).
Food comes in the form of bites and jars, and since it’s coming out of Atherton’s kitchen – you can’t go wrong. Try the salt and Szechuan pepper Cornish chipirones with lime (aka crispy squid) or the duck fat chips with curry aioli (because we can never resist).
Breakfasts are banging (see above: bacon naan roll), but food here is fresh and full of flavour all day long. We love the crispy prawn koliwada — moreish morsels served with tamarind and date chutney. And you have to try the can’t-stop-won’t-stop okra fries, they’re a tad hot and a lot delicious.
This place is a meat lover’s paradise, with hearty dishes like the ox cheek French dip (literally a meat sub that you dip into gravy) or the pig’s head poutine (a Canadian delicacy … or cheese fries with gravy, as some may call them). Burgers are bangin’ and so are the sticky Seoul ribs.
5. Big Easy
Grab a bib and tuck in to the in-house smoked ribs, chilled crab claws and saucy buffalo wings. Everything is big, meaty and hella tasty.
Seasonal dishes mean ingredients are packed full of flavour and the menu changes all the time, but it’s always bang on. Just check out that sexy wild mushroom tagliatelle above. And if it’s on offer, order the globe artichoke with the finger-lickin’ anchovy dip.
Those who are worried about missing out on the meat-fest taking place upstairs need not worry. The snax section of the 12-page bar menu has some of the restaurant’s best options. Our favourite though? Gigantic Yorkshire puds with whipped chicken livers for dipping. We get emotional just at the thought of them.
These guys know how to take bar bites to another level. Whether it’s the splendiforous toasties grilled behind the bar, to beautiful charcuterie boards, to healthy zesty numbers like the bulgur wheat, courgette, pistachio, pomegranate and mint mix above — it’s all good.
9. The Hide
For crispy nibbles, try the Parma ham croquettes — everything we love wrapped up in a bite. Get adventurous and order the mixed vegetable and halloumi tempura with cherry soy. Savoury, crunchy, chewy and probably not in the least bit healthy. But definitely delicious (and surprisingly filling).
Partial to a bit of bubbly? Then go sip it down and feast on some of the best damn dogs you’ll ever find.
The pork scratchings with apple sauce are the best in town. Or you can get some campfire pizza when their van pulls around.
12. The Engineer
Worth visiting JUST for the homemade Scotch eggs. I mean, who needs cake when you’ve got birthday eggs?
Martinis and sushi. What more could you want?
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips