HotBox Spitalfields

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Barbecue
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  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Asian wings were very bitter and inedible. Honestly the worst Asian style wings ever had. For the brunch main I got chicken and waffles and the chicken was so bland that I couldn’t be bothered to eat more than half of it.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and stylish setup. The food is great! We got a few different types of Tacos! Best tacos I have ever eaten! We got a £23 meat selection that the waiter we suggested we got to share as it would be massive. I could of happily eaten it to myself with a starter also. So for that reason you can find better value at other smoke houses that offer sides and more for the same price. The food was still tasty though.

The only thing that was lacking were the staff. There was a fabulous lady on the door that was welcoming. However, we found ourselves having to raise our hands numerous times to try and catch the attention of the 2 Male waiters as they stood chatting amongst the themselves and all the kitchen staff. When we asked for other menus for dessert they completely forgot and stood opposite chatting again. The same happened when asking for the bill. Just a bit off putting when trying to eat and you have wiater watching you then completely blanking you when you need something.

Overall it's a good restaurant, the staff just need better manners. Food is fabulous and the cocktails were also very good.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and quick! Pretty good value for money as well.

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b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Still thinking about the tacos. Amazing food and great atmosphere

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RR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, but quite expensive for what it is. Too loud, so not the place to catch up with friends.

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GB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food, slightly on the expensive side and a little too loud but great non the less.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We sat down at approx 6:45pm for dinner on a Saturday night which the restaurant was pretty empty. We ordered our drinks to start which a few moments later we were told they had no coke / Pepsi and the passion fruit cocktail my wife ordered they didn't have either. Poor start however we moved on looking forward to our main meals.

Two of us had the burger which was mediocre at best but others had the pork ribs and the chicken which I was told were pretty good.

When settling the bill luckily I checked as the £9 passionfruit cocktail hadn't been taken off the bill. This was sorted and the bill was settled.

I felt let down as I’ve been several times before and its been excellent but on this occasion I was friends who I had been telling them how great hotbox was and they left fairly unimpressed.

I would go back but not in a rush.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday mid-week with bottomless! Had a great time and the food/staff were amazing. Thanks so much!

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B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The mimosas were great - quick with the refills & the waiters were lovely. The food was average at best, no one at the table thoroughly enjoyed what they had but we enjoyed the company and the vibe and the mimosas!

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OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good and tasty, service was average (nothing over and above). Overall a good brunch spot, the only thing that made us star less was the volume of the music. When we sat to eat there was loud music on at a level that we were still able to communicate but halfway through our meal the music was turned up even louder which made it harder to chat. I'm all for loud music brunch vibes, but this was to the level of an evening bar not a Sunday brunch. Otherwise a generally good experience.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating. We had a big group for brunch and they managed to put us all together on one table. The service and food was exceptional. Definitely recommend.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - really attentive service even though we were a big table and bought out a birthday cake and plates for us!

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EC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bottomless brunch! Food was amazing and drinks were constantly being poured without us even having to ask. Only one very small criticism was that us, a party of 4 did have to share our table with another couple sitting very close to us.
Will definitely visit again!

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S
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was excellent, including the use of an I phone charger.

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and music were exceptional. I would highly recommend for a small group of friends to enjoy a lovely meal!!

The brisket fries and tacos were top quality

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual, can’t go past the belly pork starter and the beef rib for main.

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d
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Chicken was still pink when it arrived so we sent it back. The staff were apologetic and gave us a free drink each. When the chicken came back it was still pink but we didn’t bother sending it back again as the message clearly wasn’t received.

Staff were very nice it’s just a shame about the quality of food.

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OK
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Pancakes were awesome! Slightly too loud music when you have people singing on top of this.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We went for the boozy brunch and the waiters were great with topping up. Sadly that was the only good point. We had to ask for the music to be turned down as couldn’t hear each other speak (we were sat under the speaker), the food was ok but wouldn’t say exceptional and some orders were forgotten. Also one dietary requirement of “no seeds” was basically ignored as all the food received had seeds in it, just not on the burger bun. In addition, at no point were we informed that the 2 hours started from the time of booking, which as we were waiting for late comers to start, meant we all lost out. Eventually we told the waiters we were waiting for our friends and only then did they tell us the timer had already begun. We had fun but I won’t be returning.

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RK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food!! Literally the best meal we have had in London! We ordered a few different things to share between two and literally every bite was better than the one before! Chicken and waffles were our favourite! You have to try this place!

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OT
Hong Kong
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is always very good and as an American it's really authentic BBQ. Ambiance for the Brunch is a bit less lively that in the evenings. Make sure you get there on time for your bottomless brunch, they start the timer from your reservation booking.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food and trendy decor. Unfortunately we were sat next to a table of very loud and excitable girls, which slightly tarnished the ambience for us. However, apart from that, we had a good experience and would definitely return again.

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AM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

So happy this was the chosen venue for Brunch. Hotbox was the one🙌🏾🙌🏾. Welcoming service, great atmosphere, tasty fried chicken, succulent beef brisket with chimichurri 😋, lovely homemade fries, light fluffy waffle, sexy pancakes and of course flowing prosecco, gin cocktail and mimosas which in all honesty tasted too much of orange juice but I guess vitamin c was needed. My girly and I had a wonderful time catching up and we definitely will return again. Thank you Hotbox for making our Saturday a good one 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾#brunch#saturday#brisket#prosecco#gin#friendship#waffles#friedchicken#spitalfields#mimosa#pancakes#foodie#happy#bellyfull

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LB
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic attentive service and incredible food! Word of advice- go with an appetite! The menu is so delicious looking it’s hard not to over order! Great atmosphere

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Amazing cocktails, was slightly underwhelmed with the food. Ordered the platter and some of the meats weren’t great but some where very nice. Over all felt over priced for the meal all in all. However absolutely amazing service and very good with understanding the severity of gluten free for coeliacs

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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took a chance on this place with my bf and we loved it so much even took some food home. I wish the seating wasn’t a bench but I get it they’re trying to do . To make it look like a smoke house. But staff were fantastic, food even better. And drinks went well with the food menu.👌👌

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RP
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely midweek dinner! There was a large/rather loud party in the main room when we arrived for our booking, the host recognised this kindly sat us in the adjacent room before we even said anything:) Food was spot on as always, deep fried Oreos are the way forward!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good!😁

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delish and good value for the quality!

I found the benches were a little on the high side so felt very stooped over my table (I'm not a tall person, thus the comment!).

Wouldn't stop me coming back though - the beef short rib was luuuuuushhhhhh <3

I went on a date - but it's probably better suited to a dinner-with-mates group atmosphere.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Friendly service. Simple but good food. Super atmosphere and outstanding value for money

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RJ
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic bottomless brunch, the food quality and taste was very good, my girlfriend and I were impressed with the Asian wings, rib eye and eggs, bandit burger and the drinks range was great, swift service with attentive and friendly staff. I would recommend the bottomless brunch and return too!

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great, attentive & friendly waiting staff ensured we all had a full glass during bottomless. Only point would be that they could do with aircon as it definitely lived up to the hot in the name..!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good portion of meat.

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LK
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I can't of didn't like it, the food is extra spicy only to drink a beer and have it as a side dish.

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n
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed the brunch, food portions were great. Only improvement would be faster service in regards to topping up Prosecco

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KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Deep fried oreo's with ice cream and chocolate, crab sliders, mutton tacos were my favourite. Will be back to try the rest.

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N
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

One of the poorest American smoke houses I have experienced. Every bit of food we had was disappointing. The asian wings were drenched in really salty, overpowering ?black bean sauce and the buffalo wings were just dead. Size of the wings were laughable for £7.50. Beef short rib was just way too fatty. I like fat but this was sickly and the seasoning on the skin was wayyyyyyy to salty. The fries were just a bowl of soft fried potatoes and the brisket fries were again way to salty, too many fat bits and not much meat. The pork belly was ok but was drenched in really sweet/salty sickly sauce. The mac and cheese was the better option as a side than the fries. The pork belly taco again had a sauce that was too overpowering and saturated your taste buds with sweet and salty. Service was good however and the sour cocktail I had was better than average. Very disappointing food and I am by no means a fussy eater. I love ribs and wings and this place is the bottom of my list. The taste needs to be simpler. The burger was actually better than average, that is the only plus on the food side. Price was unnecessarily expensive...£230 for 4 people with a few drinks. It may have just been one of those days for them as many others have given good reviews.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never got to eat here.

Good service - they called in the afternoon to advise they were having internet issues and would have to be cash only. Not a problem to us.

Poor service - got there at 6pm for our reservation to be told that they were unable to provide service as they still had issues with power, lighting etc. which we hadn't been told about.

If they could advise us in the afternoon regarding cash only then they could have got in touch about the other issues rather than just let us turn up for a reservation that couldn't be fulfilled.

Could also look at their front of house customer service skills, as not much was offered by way of apology other than can you come back in half an hour to an hour and it might be ok. Not something we could do as we had a train to catch back to Yorkshire that evening.

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KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was having power issues and couldn't be bothered to either rectify them or work a way around them to serve us. We were turned away at the door and told they wouldn't be able to send our order to the kitchen because the machines werent working. Whatever happened to good old pen and paper!?!?!
Rubbish service, turning away paying customers into the rain!

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place, but smaller portions than big easy London, went there for brunch, perhaps there would be bigger portions at dinner

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