My son told me about this place and raved about the brisket, so when it was time to bring him home for a few days at Thanksgiving my wife, my son and me stopped in for dinner.
Firstly, Shmokey's is located in a mall that has seen better days, however there seems to be some life being breathed back into it.
Next, Shmokey's is tiny, maybe 6 tables?
Also, the menu is small, but when you know what you want, that doesn't matter to me.
They claim to make most things on the menu, shmoked meat, sauces, wings, chicken, sometimes savory ice cream, etc.
I was going to have their burger special the night we were there as my son was going for the brisket, my wife for the chicken wrap, so I thought with the burger we would have a good sampling all around. However when Sam, I think it's Sam, described the brisket sandwich as "shmoked for 20 hours, then dipped in jus, served with house made BBQ sauce and coleslaw
on top of a ciabatta" I was sold. We'll go back and I might try the burger then.
My wife also ordered the cassava fries. Cassava is a root native to South America, and when prepared as the boys at Shmokey's do it, a very, very nice alternative to potato fries, not greasy, but have a very delicate flavour.
The staff, Sam(?) and chef Harley are very outgoing and love to talk with the patrons. They are worth the visit themselves, though if Harley slips his chain and comes out of the kitchen, make sure that there is at least one person between you and him, just in case.
Anyway, the food. When I have had brisket in the US South, it has not been on a sandwich, rather on a platter, therefore it has been sliced a bit thick, nothing like a slab or anything, but pencil thick maybe, as when brisket is cooked to perfection it is tender as can be, regardless of thickness. Since the brisket at Shmokey's is served on a great crusty ciabatta bun, it was sliced very thin, almost shaved, and melted in my mouth. The jus, or gravy, was luscious, the homemade BBQ sauce is outstanding!! Enough heat to sit at the back of your mouth without wanting to take centre stage of the meal. The bun choice was perfect for this sandwich as any other might have disintegrated with the BBQ sauce and the jus. To top it off, literally, their coleslaw. Perfect for that sandwich. Word of warning though, either wear a paper painters suit, a garbage bag over the shoulders or, as the guys at Shmokey's want, once you wear some of your sandwich, why not buy one of our Shmokey's T-Shirts on the way out! Clever guys.
The chicken wrap that my wife had was fantastic, "the best chicken wrap I have ever had", according to her. That's a bold statement, but one that I must share after sampling hers.
The flavours were perfectly melded together. Not complex, but very well fitted. Heat, flavour, texture, portion, it all worked very, very well.
We chatted for a bit, did I say that the guys there like to chat? Found out that they source as many products nearby as possible. Fresh peppers (habanero, jalapeno, bell, etc), cabbage, etc. Meat from local farmers and such, I like that a lot.
Just getting ready to pay the bill, note to all Shmokey's is cash only, they do have an ATM on site, and Harley comes out of the kitchen, must have slipped his chain, and plunks down a bowl of "meat dessert", Shmokey's shmoked chicken wings in another fantastic sauces. These guys go that extra mile to make you happy.
They also serve burnt ends, but only on Friday's and they do tend to go quickly so you have to get their early, cause when they're gone, they're gone.
Sorry for the long winded post but this kind of place, IMO, deserves to get as many kudo's as possible. These guys are doing good ole' BBQ in a Mall that needs some life and they are doing it extreme justice.
If you are ever in London and feel that you want BBQ, real BBQ, head over to the corner of Oxford and Wonderland, venture inside the mall and into Shmokey's. OUTSTANDING!!
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