Shiima and I had plans for dinner last weekend, but Shiima was too busy to make it. Oh yes, she was too busy me lol. So, I quickly went to my list of solo restaurants (mostly sushi restaurants, tapas restaurants with limited chicken options, and barbeque restaurants) and picked the restaurant at the top of the list – Pitt Cue.
Pitt Cue is a celebrated barbeque restaurant in Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street. I’ve known about Pitt Cue for years and even enjoyed a meal or two from their food truck at South Bank years ago. Pitt Cue only continued to grow from there, owing to the excellence of their food, and now they have a lovely restaurant in Devonshire Square. The restaurant has a relaxed industrial vibe with an open grill kitchen and a large bar. The service was very relaxed and friendly, especially my waitress.
The menu was somewhat different to what I saw online, but it still had all the elements that fascinated me – lots of barbecue meats and intriguing starters. Oh, and as a tip, make sure to check the specials boards around the restaurant because that’s where most of the action is lol.
What I ordered
I ordered pigs head scrumpets and smoked trout to start. Steak Rump with charred courgettes for my main.
The pigs head scrumpets were really good. The pork filling was very meaty and delicious and the coating was perfectly crunchy and salty.
I absolutely loved the smoked trout. I enjoyed it much more than I expect. It was light, flaky, and fresh, but most importantly it was really delicious. The cream and pine oil really complimented the trout as well.
I wanted to order the smoked short rib, but the smallest size available was 700g … too much. My next choice was Mangalitza pork chop, but the smallest size was 500g… wasn’t ready for that either. But steak rump was REALLY good.
I usually like my steak medium well, but I just let the chefs decide, and the rump was juicy and tasty. The fat ends were also really delicious and the sauce was special.
The charred courgettes were decent. Just above par from what I expected, and tasted even better when dipped in the crème fraiche.
I went for the bourbon sticky toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream; I really enjoyed it. The pudding was rich and warm, and the bourbon syrup was really sweet and quite heavy with the bourbon (maybe because I don’t drink alcohol lol). The pudding really didn’t even the ice cream, which essentially quickly became just cream as it melted over the pudding. Really gorgeous dessert.
Pitt Cue is an excellent barbeque restaurant. The food is really good, the vibe very relaxed, and the service very friendly. For those that drink I have to add that there is an extensive drinks menu that everyone around me seemed enthralled by. I primarily recommend for large groups (family, friends, colleagues), and that seems to be a forte of the restaurant because they have a lot of large tables and most of the meat dishes on the specials menu are for sharing. It’s also ideal for a relaxed date, but first make sure your date enjoys barbeque food. Pitt Cue is fairly priced as well.
Dress Code: Casual
Star Dish: Smoked Trout
Price: £30 – £40 per person
Rating: 4.8 out of 5