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Smoke & Barrel

 
For the many American food lovers here in Hong Kong, it's always exciting news when a genuine American restaurant serving hearty, authentic BBQ food opens. Thus, there was much anticipation when Smoke & Barrel, billed as the first authentic American smokehouse and barbeque restaurant, opened its doors recently in Central.
 
Smoke & Barrel serves traditional BBQ meats using smokers and grills, just the way millions of American families grill their favourite meats in countless backyards. In essence, the restaurant serves mouthwatering BBQ dishes using all-American meats, slow simmering cooking methods, and in an authentically imported wood-fired smoker – the only one in Hong Kong.
 
We launched our meal with two starters: House Cured Salmon Gravlax ($128) and Steak Tartare ($158) – brisket jerky, truffle, mayo, gherkins; both are yummy. Then we got down to the serious business. From the smoker, dubbed the Beast, we had the Cider Glazed Baby Back Ribs ($208/half; $368/whole). The meat is juicy, tender, and practically falls off the bone. The smoker really does enhance the flavour of the meat.
 
From the grill, we had Grilled Whole Local Sea Bass ($258) – Thai herbs, lime, jalapeno dressing that is also excellent. The side orders we chose were down-home American: sweet Jalapeno Cornbread ($68), with Lime & Herb Sour Cream and Thick Cut Fries ($78) and BBQ spice.
 
Smoke & Barrel serves an extensive collection of beers, cocktails and wines. We eagerly ordered Margherita ($88) and Passion @ Wyndham Mansion ($88), a rum, passionfruit and lime concoction.
 
We ended this hearty meal with “Almost” Key Lime Pie ($88) that just hits the spot. Oh, did we mention that, as expected of American food, the portions are large, especially by Hong Kong standards?
 
If you are looking for finger-licking, delicious, hearty American BBQ comfort food that is value for money, we highly suggest a visit to Smoke & Barrel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/F – 2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central ;2866 2120

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