Smoque barbecue in Canberra

Last night a group of friends went to Smoque restaurant on London Circuit. We had been talking about going to this place since about October last year. We’d heard good things about the quality of the food and the serving style. Over Christmas other friends had been to Smoque and weren’t that impressed. Because of its popularity it has at least two seating sessions for dinner which begins at 5 pm. Our reservation was for six at 6 pm and the table had two cards. One for Natalie who organised our party and one for Christine who was due with her group of six friends at 7.30 pm. Smoque boasts slow cooked food at fast food speed. It’s not the place for a romantic dinner for two or for a leisurely get together over food. Given the quantity of food I think I’d prefer to have more time to enjoy dinner rather than feel rushed.

The menu can be downloaded from here It is similar to rib joints I’ve eaten at in North America although there were no collared greens. The North American fascination with macaroni cheese (mac’n’cheese) comes through strongly with mac’n’cheese as a side.

I went with the BBQ Trifecta

At first I went with coleslaw and then thought why not have mac’n’cheese.

I also bought a can of root beer. I wasn’t that excited about the root beer but the only other non-alcoholic offerings were Cherry Cola and Dr Pepper. The root beer tasted more like Sarsaparilla which is not a bad thing :-)

All the meals came with corn bread and a pickle. The size of the pickles varied from plate to plate and Nat who likes pickles enjoyed two including a big one.

The decor was as expected.

This is me looking content after the meal (photograph courtesy of @macjam1 )

Smoque on Urbanspoon

The ordering of food is done at a counter and it doesn’t take long for the food to be delivered at your table. We had arrived at 6 pm and we had all finished our dinner shortly after 7 pm (it felt rushed). It was still light outside so we decided to go to Koko Black for something sweet.

I chose Chocolate Affogato

It was an early night but we had a lot of fun. I would suggest if you like slow cooked North American style barbecue this place is worth trying. I thought the prices were a little too high. On my plate the ribs were good. They weren’t overcooked which is a common problem I’ve noticed. The brisket was very nice. I’d eaten brisket in a place in Ottawa in June 2012 and it was awful; it was dry and tasteless. At Smoque the brisket is good. I was looking forward to the pulled pork and I’d heard from friends on Twitter that it was excellent. The texture was fine but I found it a little oily and the spices didn’t do anything for me. It wasn’t too hot but it was an odd tasting combination. My palate is not refined enough (life long allergic rhinitis) to analyse and describe the separate elements. I just know I didn’t really like it. The mac’n’cheese was very stodgy as expected. It wasn’t too salty which is good. The pickle I got was also good. I felt too full to eat the corn bread and it wasn’t as if I hadn’t eaten corn bread before.

Smoque location Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/gJgFa

Koko Black location Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/fDbHS

Other awesomeness

Menz MiniChoc honeycomb with vanilla ice cream.

Friday was warm

My Uncle Charles from NZ is at the very end of this :-) http://youtu.be/PRGUi2MorJ8

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15 thoughts on “Smoque barbecue in Canberra

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  2. Oooh I have heard some rave reviews of Smoque from heavy protein eating friends. Good to get a bit of perspective on the joint :) Finishing off with KokoBlack is never a bad idea!

  3. My workmates have spoken of Smoque (except me, not having seen it written down, naturally though it was Smoke…). One of them “liked” it on FB the other day so I looked at a promotional video they had on Youtube (or something similar) and the video made it look classy, relaxed, inviting and fresh, not rushed with everything served in a paper or cardboard container! I would love to try it sometime as I am an adventurous food eater, but I’m not big on big prices or fast service. As for the drinks on the menu – gosh it sounds like they could do with a Pink Lemonade, American style. That alone would sell me the place! :D

    • Thanks for your comments :-)
      The food tasted okay, I was expecting better.
      In rib joints in North America they do serve on paper on a tray but the tings that put me off were the rushing and the noise (I have tinnitus).
      Gaz

  4. Yummmy yummy. I am a bit obsessed with american style anything at the moment. I would love to go to a place like that. With the name Smoque – is it pronouced like ‘Smoke’, or ‘Smock’? Just curious ;)

  5. It is so much fun to meet friends out to eat and to have the meal rushed sort of takes away from the mood. I agree. Probably ordering at the counter gives the facade of being rushed too. Sort of like fast food although here they bring it to your table. I love mac and cheese. At least this one wasn’t salty. I am not sure how you can make mac and cheese taste bad. I enjoyed your humor regarding the decor!! A huge yum on the honeycombs and ice cream :)

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