"damn tasty fare with a flavour of the south"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
Porky’s may have been gracing Camden for a while, but it’s now brought its signature smoky BBQ atmosphere to the South Bank with a new outpost near London Bridge. The formula remains unchanged; an overwhelming range of bourbons and American-inspired cocktails to complement a menu of smoky southern classics; think American soul food, Memphis-style pulled pork, chicken wings – essentially a meat-lover’s dream.
A word of warning before your visit; make sure you’re properly hungry and wearing nothing too restrictive. The portions are pretty generous and we ended up so full we practically waddled home. I may have had to have a little lie down afterwards I was so stuffed…
The menu of starters was enough to bring out the piggy in me; crab cakes with chipotle mayo and pulled pork croquettes were perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside but full of flavour. I wasn’t so keen on the cheesy corn hush puppies but they still disappeared pretty quickly. With main course offerings of burgers, hot dogs, ribs, catfish and pulled pork (plus the infamous Man v Ribs challenge…) there’s not too much of a choice to be overwhelming. I had a home-dog , satisfyingly American-tasting with a decent dollop of onions, which also comes with the option of a pulled pork, streaky bacon and jack cheese or chilli and cheese topping. Seriously, I wasn’t kidding about the portions.
My friend’s Porky Burger arrived with him not realising it’s not just the pulled pork, streaky bacon and cheese, but a burger patty with lettuce and onion as well. Add to that our sides of fries and coleslaw (proper, fresh, chunky, crunchy coleslaw. Yum yum…) and you’re probably beginning to understand why we left so well-fed!
In spite of all that, there was obviously room left for dessert – another tip; leave room for dessert! Three words for you: chocolate pecan pie. Does what it says on the tin. Lovely buttery pastry, dark chocolate gooey deliciousness, seriously generous helping of pecans and a huge dollop of squirty cream. If I lived in America I’d be the size of a house.
Porky’s probably isn’t the ideal location for a date; it’s not exactly tidy eating and you will leave overflowing with food and in desperate need of a post-dinner nap, but nevertheless it’s certainly up there if you’re in for damn tasty fare with a flavour of the south.
Laurel reviewed Porky's BBQ on Thu 03 Jul 2014