Another addition to the slew of recent restaurant / cafe / bar openings in the Dalston / Haggerston area of East London is Duke's Brew &Que.
Arriving en-massse for a friends birthday we decided to put the concept to the test. The staff at Dukes happily obliged, sitting us in blocks of ten and slinging craft beers, cocktails and hot sawwce in our direction.
Masterminded by the folks who brought you Off Broadway and L.A. Sueño streetfood, Duke's is the American BBQ reincarnation of what was previously The Duke of York. The results are impressive.
It's always difficult to shoot BBQ as the dishes mainly end up looking like piles of meat, which essentially is what we ordered. The pulled pork, succulent with a nice amount of skin and fat was served stacked with 'slaw' and vinegar onions, finished off with humble crust-less white bread for mopping up all that sauce.
Ribs and hot sawwce
Upon arrival the ribs inspired instant flavour envy. Trading was ceased and embargoes were placed upon all exports. And rightly so. Nicely charred on the outside, the meat fell from the bone and was quickly swaddled up in 'slaw' and hot sawwce, quickly chased by beer, bourbon or a combination of the two.
I'd suggest you get down there quicksmart before everyone else finds out about it.
Duke’s Brew and Que
33 Downham Road