Published on January 29th, 2015 | by Gavin0
The Joint, Marylebone
Summary: The Joint allows you to eat great BBQ in a onesie without batting an eyelid; casual dining in its most basic, brilliant form
Elite Pulled Pork
Initially set up as a tiny pop up in Brixton Village, The Joint is a barbeque meat specialist that thrives on the casual dining experience, and have done so well that they’ve just opened their first permanent location in Marylebone. An odd location you may think in an area saturated with bistros, brassieres’, and boulangeries; but as I found out, it just works.
We are privileged to be amongst the first guests to set foot through the door of this brand new venue, and although the décor is minimalistic to say the least, there is a striking mural of a peacock on one side which brightens the entire venue. Once sat, each table has waste troughs in the middle to discard remains, which is the universal signal for “Warning: Epic Meal to Follow”; I duly loosen my belt a couple of notches in anticipation.
Primarily I’ve come to eat my own weight in meat, but I allow myself to glance at the cocktail menu. Although containing just six drinks, what they do have is made very well and only £6.50 each. To whet the appetite, give the Figgy Bourbon Old Fashioned made with fig and vanilla syrup or the Scotch Tommy’s Margarita with scotch bonnet chilli a whirl- both are interesting twists on the classics.
For starters we go for the wings and riblets (£4.50) which come in either BBQ or chilli marinade; although to be honest, the chilli is still heavily barbeque flavoured. I’m caught slightly off guard when they arrive not on plates, but simply wrapped in greaseproof paper and handwritten labels denoting ‘Hot Wings’ and ‘BBQ Ribs’; my crisp, white shirt was not prepared for this.
I roll up my sleeves and get stuck in, and things get very messy, very quickly, as the marinade is sweet, thick and generously poured- just how I like it. Because of this though, the meat is a little ‘wet’, the chicken particularly, and it’s hard to decipher how much of the flavour actually comes from the meat; fans of heavily seasoned Texan style dry rub may not find it too favourable.
For mains, the pulled pork and shredded chicken served in a bun or wrap (£8.50) are the signature dishes, and it would be rude not to oblige. After overdosing on BBQ for starters, I decide on the Asian style burger on this occasion which is garnished with spring onion, ginger and chilli.
This is possibly one of the best menu decisions I’ve ever made as the pulled pork is quite simply heavenly. Cooked over 16 hours, it is moist, tender, and full of flavour; it’s amongst the best you can find in London and exactly what you’d expect if you were in Kansas or Tennessee.
Surrounded by restaurants aimed at the higher priced end of the market, The Joint is a refreshing break from the Marylebone norm. Service isn’t quite brasserie standards, but sometimes you just want to eat chicken wings in a onesie with sauce splattered all over your cheeks. The Joint allows you to do this without batting an eyelid; casual dining in its most basic, brilliant form.
The Joint, 19 New Cavendish St, W1G 9TZShare This Post