REVIEW: Porky’s BBQ, Bankside
Following the successes of Porky’s BBQ in Camden, where seductive slow-cooking rules supreme, Porky’s Bankside peddles the same line in sumptuous Southern soul food at brilliant prices – and we’re nowhere near tired of it.
As with the North London branch, one glances at the menu only to feel slightly panic – a panic which drives you to the extensive cocktail menu as you struggle to delay your order. Almost everything appeals; the mug of house beef chilli conjuring images of mum’s Bonfire Night concoctions; the greedy-sounding ‘Main Acts’ sparking eyes-bigger-than-you-belly syndrome despite staying under £10 each.
Salads clearly aren’t the thing to order here, but as a couple sail past in little bowls even they look interesting, bursts of green and red set down among the hunks of meat covering surrounding tables. A Spicy Chihuahua order in place (Sauza Plata tequila, espresso, agave syrup and chilli) it’s time to get down and dirty with that meat menu. We advise you not to be shy – this is the place to roll up your sleeves and dig in on a Friday night after a week of soups and salads.
We started with corn hush puppies and crab cakes with chipotle mayo – the hush puppies a cheese lover’s dream, oozing at every bite. For mains, we tried one Porky Burger, (which didn’t disappoint with hefty helpings of Jack cheese, bacon and pulled pork) but the Memphis Meaty Ribs and Tips took the title for stand-out dish.
Enough to make any meat lover squeal (perhaps with a little embarrassment – it’s a hell of a dinner for one young lady) it’s without doubt the smokiest we’ve ever tasted – delightfully tender yet rich and deeply aromatic – owing to a low, slow cook over hickory and a smothering of Porky’s BBQ sauce.
Served with a large side of creamed spinach and sweet potato fries, it was pretty much perfect (and we deeply regretted not taking out leftovers home). We couldn’t find room for dessert, but a round of perfect espresso Martinis sealed the deal – this is our new go-to spot for cheap eats by the river.
We defy you to leave without a head full of plans to travel the Deep South, clicking your fingers to the catchy jazz playing throughout. If the food there is this good (and the service this friendly – we couldn’t fault our waitress, nor the jovial manager) consider our flights booked.
Amy @ FashionBite xx
Where: 18 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DR