Undeterred by some seriously wintry conditions, we headed to over to Dalston Superstore last week for the opening night of Spit & Roast’s weekend residency.
We’d tried one of their buttermilk chicken baps at Feast only a couple of weeks before and really enjoyed it, so we were intrigued to find out what they could do with a proper kitchen at their disposal. Dalston Superstore itself is a dimly lit little bar with achingly cool staff and dubious artwork hanging on the walls. In many ways it’s the perfect setting for an evening of pimped up fast food!
We didn’t have any cash on us and were told that we couldn’t start a tab after 6pm on a Saturday, so the Hog had to order in a hurry at the bar. This meant he played it safe and went for another glorious buttermilk fried chicken bap with fennel slaw and Korean hot sauce. I’d seen a new dish being promoted on Twitter in the run-up to their opening and it sounded fantastic. Slow roast Blythburgh pork belly and watercress baguette – guess what I went for? We also ordered some fries and a portion of mac ‘n’ cheese on the side.
The food arrived after a short wait and we were immediately glad we’d made the effort to venture out. The pork was tender and juicy with a smear of BBQ sauce that was by no means overpowering. There was also plenty of meat in the baguette and it was great value for just £7.50. The fried chicken was crispier than it had been from their street stall. The Korean hot sauce tasted great and offered a little kick, while the fennel slaw added some crunch, but not too much aniseed.
The mac ‘n’ cheese was creamy and did the job but we thought it could’ve been greatly improved by adding a sprinkling of cheese and breadcumbs and finishing under a hot grill to add some texture. The fries were crispy, well seasoned and plentiful.
I imagine that Dalston Superstore is usually packed at 6:30 on a Saturday night, but most of the hipsters were probably staying home to keep warm, and who can blame them? There were a few unusual characters in there though, notably a Caucasian guy wearing a home-made turban with his trousers tucked into his socks. Don’t worry though, dressing up is optional!
The Hog and I left satisfied and full, all for less than £30, including a couple of beers. We hope to come back (only 7 weekends left!) and try the blue cheese filled burger and the Georgia rub beef brisket. Maybe next time I’ll wear my dungarees!
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