HotBox Spitalfields

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Barbecue

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At HotBox we use a combination of kiln dried Hickory and Oak in our 1 tonne Rotisserie Smoker. The meat is dry rubbed and cooked low and slow(ly) to create tender, succulent cuts that melt in the mouth. Be careful though, theres plenty of spice to get those taste buds fired up! Please note our BAR reservations are for our downstairs bar 46&Mercy, and not the restaurant. We have a special snack menu available for our bar.
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SW
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service from the waiting staff. Meat was dry and bland. Fries were soggy. Wouldn’t go back and wouldn’t recommend.

H
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a work lunch as a table of 6. I mis-booked the numbers but the staff instantly had a table ready and there was no issue at all. They were all very nice and the food was amazing, fully recommend this for any meat/bbq lovers out there! Will be sure to go there again soon.

HT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and cheery service but the noise level was too high for us, I couldn't hear what my son was saying on the other side of the table. We were hoping for a leisurely catch-up brunch but we left after finishing our food to find somewhere quieter to talk.

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was very greasy very spicy but not full of flavour. We told the member of the staff our issues and he just brushed it off. I would not go again

J
London
35 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food here is top notch and varied enough that there will be something for everybody (meat eaters and vegetarians alike). We went as a group for my wife's birthday and everyone came away with glowing reviews.

The tacos here are well portioned and very tasty, we ordered the pork belly (big chunk of pork belly) that was well seasoned and superbly cooked (not dry at all!).

The USDA Beef Short Rib is a must. The beef fell off the bone and was succulent and moist whilst still having the charred exterior you get from great barbecue.

Their burgers are also very good, rivalling any establishment in terms of beefiness of their patties and the toppings available. Burgers are fairly generously sized so you won't feel the need to order too much else by way of sides (one is fine).

The sides available are your standard barbecue accompaniments although beware, the pickled jalapeno slaw has quite the kick!

All in all the meat (the focal point) at Hotbox is expertly cooked, all dishes are generously portioned giving great food for good value. Barbecue has become less fashionable these days but it's good to know there is a place willing to do it well with minimal fanfare or fuss.

EC
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, could have been a bit warmer. Cocktails we tasty and didn’t take long after we’d ordered them. Amazing music! I would definitely recommend.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! We had the sharing platter and everything was delicious. Staff were friendly and were very prompt at R.E. filling drinks for bottomless brunch!

LB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

came here for a farewell meal with my friends on sunday. had such an amazing time, staff were friendly and food was amazing. would definitely recommend!

SC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent - we had French toast. We did get a side of fries but it seems everything with meat here is spicy so a word of warning on that one!
Bottomless Brunch option was worth it - they weren’t stingy in keeping our drinks topped up.
Only slight down point for me is how keen they were to ship us out after 2 hours but they did have another guest coming and that’s the limit for the bottomless drinks so I guess it’s fair enough. Just felt a little rude/rushed. Great place thought and great soundtrack!

MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit loud if you want to talk to your friends. But nice food :)

C
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the bottomless brunch at Hotbox would definitely recommend to friends and family. The overall experience was great and the staff were very attentive and efficient with the drinks.

F
London
27 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food is not what it used to be.

R
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. I have been here several times now each time taking different friends. They all love it just as much and want to return too!

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Such a shame because we used to love this place! Our meal was by no means bad, but it seems over the last couple of years the whole thing - food, service, atmosphere - has slipped from amazing to just fine.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always! Hard to decide between the range of delicious drinks and food options. Highly recommend!

F
Wales
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great brunch, the French toast was particularly amazing. Great to have the option of changing your drinks when doing bottomless, the white sangria was very nice.

CM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Very expensive for wat it is. The cocktails are ridiculously small for the price. Not a lot to choose from off the menu.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent food and reasonable prices. We tried the Pork Belly Benedict and Waffle Chicken on our visit. Both were good but nothing to shout out for.

CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Speedy service, incredible food, great customer service would definitely recommend!!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food was very good!

LF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was really nice. The music was pretty loud so had to shout to speak to one another. Would recommend to go for the food but not bottomless brunch

R
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great atmosphere, friendly helpful staff, and great vfm.

FG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

It was too loud. The room is quite small and it was impossible to talk with my boyfriend which is quite disappointing

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Well it's really a maybe as it depends on if they wanted a brunch with unlimited cocktails which is fairly rare. Moat brunch spots has unlimited beer/prosecco

PA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Dry burgers
Reheated soft chips
Burnt pork belly
Over cooked poached eggs
Very poor food overall

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lot of brunch places to choose from in London and this was one I was looking forward to so much! Unfortunately, it was all a bit over hyped. The Rancheros was not flavorful and much less like a rancheros and more like a shakshuka. It was the only Rancheros I have ever had that did not include tortillas.

The tacos were ok although, once again, bit of an odd take on taco.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my second time to this restaurant and unfortunately I went based on an amazing first visit. This time around wasn't great I must admit. Main courses were ok (pork and beef ribs) but starter of chicken wings were pretty disappointing. No beers on tap were available and the only other option for beer was canned IPA/hipster style ones.
Disappointing for a birthday meal and won't be returning :(

ES
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

We have been in the same place two weeks earlier and food was amazing, beef rib, was very well cooked and it was soft, meat was coming off bone, however this time the same dish tasted completely different, which was disappointing . Last time you could pull the meat off bone and it was so soft, this time you had to cut it off, basically look like well done steak on a rib bone, meat wasn't that soft and you coudn't just pull it off the bone, still tasted okay but different, however not what we expected (based on the previous visit) . Second time no lager or beer on draft( no idea why) and only one IPA bottle in the whole menu as well out of stock and it was a Friday night.

DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service made it - never went more than a few minutes without a drink! Will definitely be back!

f
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great, but didn't think the food was that great. Very generous with the bottomless brunch though, so would recommend if you are going for that

FU
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The fridge wasn’t working and they didn’t have ice so they were serving warm Prosecco. To which we had to keep requesting top ups rather then the staff going around topping up (it wasn’t busy at all just three other groups)

D
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was overcooked.
Staff were desperate to close the restaurant as soon as possible and didn’t show enough respect to the diners. Bar was also closed.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I nearly cried with happiness on the pork belly taco

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very delicious! Good, hearty produce.
However, the food came out warm-cool. Food is well worth the cost, but if it isn't hot, it's disappointing.

L
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Can't fault the service or drinks during the bottomless brunch, they kept topping us up which was great. There was a big group in there and so it was quite noisy. The food wasnt amazing; my partner enjoyed his but mine had an awful smell to it.

A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot for a catch up with an old school friend. Delicious BBQ dishes and definitely glad I didn't miss the deep-friend oreos which were the perfect close to an excellent evening.

IR
London
14 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Really poor. Student union style bench seating. Cursory and ill informed service. Average food yet really expensive. A huge disappointment.

GH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bottomless brunch booze was good value but the food is on the more pricey side. Waiter was great and it wasn't difficult to order more drinks even though the place was full. And he gave us a 10 minute warning so we could fit another drink in! Although it was pricey, the food was really nice. Music and atmosphere were great. Would definitely go back again.

SS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had booked HotBox because it was a Barbecue Menu which my daughter loves, it was herv30th birthday and this was a treat for her and her bus and and both parents. Delighted with the service and how attentive the waitress was, topping up water and getting more drinks.
We even asked one of the chefs for the recipe for the batter on the chicken.
Really enjoyed and will definitely b3 back 😀

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meat quality and cooking, also very cool vibe!

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