After all the hoo haa about Camden Brewery being selling out to the big guys, I was keen to eventually get the chance to try out their new pub cum kebab shop Camden’s Daughter. I have been a fan of theirs for quite a while – heading to their various tap takeovers and events at their Camden Brewery.
We covered their anticipated new opening on our Shoreditch Radio show and their jumping on the posh kebab bandwagon. I spoke to a few friends who visited in the early days back in November who all came back with lukewarm responses as to how the food held up. So I put it on the back burner and thought I would eventually get there when something came up.
Well come up it did – with a gig to see We Are Scientists I rallied a mate to hit it with me before the show last week. Walking from Kentish Town Station I wandered past Beef & Brew (who we reviewed here). The windows were absolutely grubby and I couldn’t even see inside. I wanted to be at least tempted to try it out again but if they can’t even get their act together for their windows I don’t want to know what’s going down inside…
So on we went to Camden’s Daughter. I was looking forward to seeing their take on the kebab craze that’s going on in London…
Here’s what the Camden Town website says to expect:
Here’s what we found (or didn’t)…
Not One Kebab.
What happened? I’m not sure but that mission statement of theirs need some immediate amending. The menu’s now all beer can chicken, rotisserie or grilled halloumi cheese – slow cooked meat yes but there be no rotating meats on offer.
Update: an update on our Instagram post has said that they have switched up their menu for spring (and that E-mono next door are the kebab experts anyway).
Never hindered when there’s something new to try we headed straight for the Brisket in a brioche bun with braised onions and blue cheese. A ballsy effort there to bring in such a pungent cheese with such a delicate slice of meat. I though it worked ok at the start but by half way through it was very overpowering and you will need to select the right beer to help cut through that saltiness.
We followed the brisket up with the porchetta roll with hot pepper salsa and fennel slaw. This was more up my street and works best with the unfiltered Hells Lager that was going down a treat. I preferred the pork in this dish over the brisket. With London teaming with great brisket and the meat show known as Meatopia – there’s now nowhere to hide in London with so many good examples on show – when you get it wrong you get it wrong and I felt that while the brisket here was tender it pales in comparison.
Each dish costs just £8 so I’m guessing the £10 option was for the tray (not the bun version we had). That is actually quite a bargain – but like pasta favourite Padella in Borough Market – if you only get one serve, be prepared to get nibbly quite soon after.
To stave off the hunger I was tempted by a Shortstop Doughnut soft serve sandwich. But recent visits to Shortstop have found their doughnuts wanting. The current batch are way too doughy and the lightness I came to expect has completely disappeared. Factor this in with the understanding that pastry products only have a very short shelf life. Doughnuts delivered first thing in the morning aren’t the same doughnuts twelve hours later – I’m just not biting.
Instead we went for a serve of the soft serve with Flakes and Crunchies. It was pretty much as described on the packet. But seemed a bit much to be charging £3.50 for the small cup. I think I will be wandering up the road to Ruby Violet in Tufnell Park for dessert next time. Life goes on though.
So do I suggest making your way to Camden’s Daughter? My first point of call would be to see if Camden Brewery’s tap bar was open and head there – especially if they have a decent street food trader on hand in the forecourt. Otherwise it is worth a visit to their daughter.
If you’re looking for a quick feed and a decent selection of craft beers to go with it then it’s worth trying out. I would love to hear what you think about it when you get there. Maybe I’m wrong – but I wasn’t totally blown away this first visit, so will follow up with another when the chance arises.
Contact: Camden’s Daughter – 289-291 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2JS. Website.