It was a bit of a milestone for my blog this week, as I collected my business cards for What Joanna Ate. It’s always useful to have something to hand to people to remember the web address, and they have the wonderful illustration by the talented Rachael on the front.
I picked them up from Boxpark, the little pop up shipping container mall in Shoreditch and had a wander round the little bars and restaurants on the top. I walked past the Bukowski Grill there, and then just by coincidence hopped on the tube down to Brixton, and ended up eating in their other site in Brixton Village market.
The menu is rather meaty, with lots of burgers and meats (all ethically sourced) from their charcoal grill. After seeing lovely looking beef short ribs in my local little butcher last week, I went for their version. The small portion (350g for £6.95) was still generous, and beautifully tender with a great smoky char. I'm not quite sure what made the onions on the side tobacco onions, but I really liked the little crispy, battered shreds.
L had the hanger steak in toasted sourdough, with chipotle salsa and coriander, that could have been little more tender, but great bread, and also big for the £7.85. The chips were fantastic – fluffy inside, with a golden, savoury beef dripping crunch on the outside (£1.75), and the waldorf coleslaw a nice chunky mixture with walnuts on top (£2.75). We also shared the Cajun crayfish and prawn popcorn with sherry sauce (£4.50), which was tasty but might have been a bit juicier with bigger pieces.
The margaritas (£5 each) went perfectly – it’s a well-priced place, and once I have visited more of the little restaurants in the market (there are loads of great places, including Mama Lan for dumplings and Seven for cocktails), I’d like to see if there is anything new on their grill to try.