HotBox Spitalfields

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£25 and under
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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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CN
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The seating is on benches, I would not have had a huge issue with this but the table is too low so you are hunched over and ours backs actually started to ache after a while.

The food was ok, would not recommend the tacos.

Chicken wings were the best thing on the menu

OT
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Came to London for a birthday weekend and searched for a bottomless brunch. This place is really good value, drinks were kept topped up and our waitress too lots of care and attention about my dietary requirements (coeliac). Recommended for a laid back Sunday afternoon.

CR
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend for his birthday.. and we had an amazing time, couldn’t fault anything... food was fantastic, drinks were brilliant, a lot of choice.. will definitely be returning.

T
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for brunch with friends. Great bottomless booze option, staff were quick to top up which was good. Food was lovely - sizeable portions & served quickly.

The only things that let it down were the bench style seating, which was uncomfortable for 2hrs, and the music which kept getting turned up which in turn meant everyone talked louder. Was hard to hear friends that I was sat with.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and ambience. Good for everyday but I wouldn’t got there again for a special occasion. Maybe because it was not packed based on the time I went

LM
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is so good! A little loud but a fun environment

M
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good place for meat. Wow effect for spicy sausage and brisket. Ribs were a bit dry. Mistakes during the order, they offered the wrong burgers on the house but removed nothing from the bill. No good for vegetarians: Not one vegetarian liked the pulled jackfruit.. wine ok, a bit expensive for the quality. The Espresso was a joke, asked to make it again, lacking body completely.

EB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great and so is the service. The place was buzzing with bottomless brunches which was fun to watch as a dry Janner

IW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible beef rib, it fell off the bone. It was great with the pickled apple slaw and left very full.

LG
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was really good for bottomless brunch. The only thing is it’s more expensive at Xmas time which wasn’t really highlighted clearly on the website

TB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The table was booked for 17:45, arrived at 17:42 and made to wait the 3 minutes until the restaurant opened, despite asking to come in as it was wet and cold. The food tasted good, but was overcooked or reheated as it was tough as old leather; completely the opposite of what you would expect from slow cooked bbq. I recommend texas Joes near London Bridge for actual bbq.

j
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very tasty food, great cocktails

P
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and food was not pricey, it did get cold a bit quick but apart from that very nice.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Took ajla here so she can taste the the smokiness and get her taste buds used to different textures. The staff very welcoming and services was fine. The ribs was a bit dry and another meat was Paul warm (brother of Luke warm) for came out fast which was not a problem as I’ve had a short time. But the feeling overall was good. Enjoyed the night well done

JP
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing and quick service. Great food and drink choices; was a quality experience and not too expensive.

S
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great lunch out with friends today service was excellent and food was lovely

YD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dishes are delicious and our waitress my very attentive and smiling! The only thing that I was not aware is that if you're a small party, you're likely to be sharing your table with people from other reservations. It is not a great disadvantage but I wish I was made aware of that when I was reserving. Then a minor thing was that at some point music went a bit too loud, I had trouble listening to what my partner was saying. I would not be discouraged to come again though. Maybe for dinner is more ideal rather than brunch which you may prefer a lighter ambiance.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely staff - it was my birthday and they treated us to yummy free food on the house!

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t gin Food arrives nearly 10 minutes after ordering which is worrying but the fact that it arrives lukewarm cements the fact that all food is simply reheated rather than cooked fresh on the day. All the meat was salty and flavourless, there are several good bbq spots in London. Steer clear of this one

AE
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food is average, can find better in the city. That being said, good vibe in there and the service is also good.

LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Been before and really enjoyed it. This time we didn't think the food was very good, particularly the meat which was overcooked, dry and not as tasty as usual. The Oreo dessert was very good though.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was nice but not £60 worth of nice. 😔 there was 2 of us who weren’t drinking, we shared a starter and just had a burger each. The food was good but shocked that it was £60. Would return but maybe with a larger group if we were all drinking but not as a dinner for 2

RD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is definitely worth it and great beer. Will be going back soon.

PP
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thank you so much for your warm welcome... In French 😁
We finally found the wallet.. At the hotel 🙄

AA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Service was excellent, really attentive and friendly but the food was terrible. I had the crab slider which was tasteless and greasy. The decor was tired and grotty. Bottomless drinks were great value though!

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The brisket tasted like a pot roast. Tastes and feels as if it was cooked in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. There is no smoke ring or smokey flavour, so I'm presuming that the bark is fake and created by searing.

The sausage was dry and over cooked but full of flavour!!! Just need to pull it off the fire about 30 minutes sooner.

Pork ribs are definitely fall off the bone tender but again feels like it was done in a slow cooker. There's no smoke ring and has only the faintest flavour of smoke. It was a combination of very dry and good moist

The pulled pork was swimming in sauce so cannot tell what the prep method was but your sauce game is on point!!! This was a delicious part of the select!!!

This chicken was PERFECT and I don't really like BBQ chicken.. y'all got that SPOT EFFING ON!!!

The people next to us I got what I presume is the short rib and by God that's what we call Dino Ribs in Texas. That is a gorgeous amount of meat!!! But again no visible smoke ring and looked a tad over done. Only the ends of the bones were discoloured (over smoke for 4 hours would change the colour of all exposed bone)

If you want real smoked BBQ I'd be happy to come help yall out, get me a work visa sponsorship and this Texas Pitmaster will be there in a heartbeat!!

R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food as always, great atmosphere and great service

MG
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I visited Hotbox for my birthday brunch with friends. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and drinks. The ambience was pretty good, although I think it could be better. I definitely will go back in the near future.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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 on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was not what was advertised, I emailed to complain and no response.

EC
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

C
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.