Lucie Loves... Food // Introducing ... The Joint, London
When chef (Warren Dean) meets baker (Daniel Fiteni) a number of very wonderful things happen: hundreds of tummies start to rumble, mouths water uncontrollably and a new restaurant is born.
A welcoming glow beckoned as we crossed New Cavendish Street - a short walk from Bond Street station. We swung the door open and stepped into the warm chatter. It was Press Night at The Joint
The place was packed with the journalists and bloggers who’d piled in to taste the wares. JMG and I were given a couple of seats around the bar and handed a cocktail menu. We’re both particular fond of whisky-laced numbers and so opted for the Figgy Old-fashioned, whilst we devoured some tasty homemade bar snacks that looked like Quavers but tasted like pork scratchings. Delicious.
We sampled a few sides to start us off including the BBQ riblets, hot wings and some rather huge onion rings. The meat literally felt off the rib as you lifted it your to lips. As we fell upon the chicken wings and tender meat, we couldn’t help but lick our fingers - not wanting to miss a drop of the sticky marinade. We’d arrived with empty stomachs, with JMG sporting his smart new Shore Projects Portland watch - Don Draper would’ve been proud. We were so ready for this feast.
For our mains we ordered the Asian burger, for me, which consisted of spring onion, ginger, chilli, slaw & salad atop 16 hour slow cooked pulled pork and served in a homemade bun. And JMG chose the short rib beef burger, which came with smoked aioli, bacon relish, salad and a potato bun. They were huge and exceptionally flavoursome! If we’re drawing comparisons - we’d liken the quality to Bodean’s or Duke’s Brew and Cue. Yum!
JMG and I are always curious to know where the meat has come from. Daniel explained that to create their “simple fast food with a twist” they buy their meat from The Ginger Pig butchers. Now we know why it tasted so damn good!
I could only eat half of mine as my stomach was groaning from all of the food. If you fancy trying this place I’d probably share a burger between the two of you, especially if you were wanting to go all out and order several sides too.
To finish off our all American BBQ feast we were recommended a couple of smokey bacon shooters. These were two shot glasses one filled with a bacon smoked vodka and one with a tomato juice - it was a bit like a Bloody Mary. Very different… but good.
So what did we think? Staff are friendly, portions are generous, prices very reasonable, cocktails are well mixed and you wouldn’t want to waste a thing!
We’d recommend this place for grabbing an afterwork craft beer or hanging out with friends over Kilner cocktails. It can get pretty rowdy, and may be too loud to bring your parents or young children. But if you don’t mind shouting at each other over the rabble head on down and stuff your faces!
19 New Cavendish Street
Monday – Wednesday: 12:00 pm- 10:30pm
Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 pm- 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm- 10:30pm
020 7486 3059
Did you know? The Joint also has a sister restaurant in Brixton which promises to be just as good.
87 Brixton Village Market
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
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Photography © Lucie Kerley & jmgcreative