I’m continuously on the search for alternative brunches around London and after trying Decatur a couple of weeks back, I had the sense that Shotgun BBQ on the outskirts of Kingly Court could be onto a winner. They have only been doing brunch since Sunday February 7th, so rocking up on the Sunday after was a chance I was willing to take. It’s also worth noting that many ‘Alternative London Brunches’ only happen on a Sunday – so don’t get caught out like I did when I tried to score an early table at Hoppers on a dreaded Saturday.
We have previously reviewed our diner here when Shotgun BBQ first opened. It’s quite dark inside so I would really suggest a blackboard or similar to attract the attention of passers by – this is a prime tourist hotspot and no one wants them to accidentally stumble into the back of the line at The Breakfast Club do we?! The room is as sleek as we remembered and on a chilly London morning I loved cozying up in a tiny booth while we ordered up the Shotgun Single Origin French Press coffee that they have made in collaboration with Soho Grind.
I wanted to order the whole menu but our waiter laughed and suggested we order a first wave of food (as our first wave would be quite filling) and see how we stood on the other side. Smart man. To kick things off we ordered the Kedgeree. Literally to die for – the smoked haddock was perfectly cooked and incredibly fresh while it sat upon a delicious mix of spinach, vadouvan (blend of spices that is a French derivative of a masala) and a plump 4 minute egg. Remove the egg and I would be more than happy to order this for dinner as well.
I started off with the Chilli Con Carne. I love when dishes arrive that look unlike anything you expected. The bowl is first put down in front of you. Theses filled with cubes of tender short rib, “velveeta” (a cheese well known as having the quintessential taste of American cheese), avocado, coriander and a side of corn tostadas. After the first mouthful I attacked it with the largest spoon available to me. That. Good.
Breather time and just enough space for a small bottle of their Oreo Milk. I would have liked more biscuit grit to chew on but being so smooth I’m not going to complain.
Stupidly I thought the Brisket bun was going to be something small and dainty – thus worth ordering after demolishing one brunch dish already. Oh how wrong I was. This is a doozy of a dish. Great lashings of brisket piled upon each other topped with green tomato jam and red cabbage slaw slayed me. The beautiful milky bun held together perfectly as well and didn’t fall apart as we passed it between each other.
If you’re a connoisseur or brunch then you need to get to Shotgun BBQ quick smart before word spreads. Nothing about this brunch could be faulted. Best you pay them a visit.
Contact: Shotgun Barbecue – 26 Kingly St, London W1B 5QD. Ph. 020 3137 7252. Website.