Published on November 7, 2012 | by Amy Tanikie-Montagnani0
Below average burgers at the Red Dog Saloon
The Red Dog Saloon is an American-themed eatery, located in Hoxton Square (the closest transport links being Shoreditch High Street Over ground, or Old Street Tube). The restaurant has a nice outside seating area, which on warmer days would be a lovely space to relax.
Inside the décor is quite simple with bare brick walls and there is a relatively large bar and a mixture of normal tables as well as some booth-like seating. The whole of the downstairs area offers a dimly-lit second bar.
When we arrived the restaurant staff were very friendly and accommodating and took our drinks orders quickly. Although after the good greeting the service gradually declined as they didn’t remember everybody’s drink and after waiting for a while, we eventually had to tell them before they finally brought it over.
Then there was a wait of 10-15 minutes before they came over to take our food orders and another long wait before it eventually arrived. I also had a feeling that if they didn’t know we were doing a review, and the photographer didn’t have to leave to go to another appointment we would have had to wait much longer.
I ordered a burger called ‘The Punisher’ which claims to include an impressive sounding 16 hour smoked pork as well as smoked bacon and American cheese.
The burger itself was very juicy, although it only came with one tiny pickle on the side of the plate, which was disappointing. There was a slightly smoky flavour from the pork but it definitely didn’t live up to the flavour you would expect after it had been apparently smoked for so many hours.
The very flavoursome barbeque style sauce that came with the burger helped spruce it up but the meal was actually a little cold by the time it got to us. The chips, although well-seasoned were nothing more than plain, generic French fries and had no wow factor. The final price for two burgers, 1 portion of fries and three drinks, was just over £40 so not the cheapest of meals, but not terrible either.
The selection on the restaurant’s food menu includes chicken wings, salads and side dishes with American classics like macaroni cheese and collard greens. There is a large variety of burgers including a dish entitled ‘The Devastator’ consisting of three six oz patties, 200g pulled pork, six rashers of applewood smoked bacon and six slices of American cheese.
Red Dog Saloon’s website states how their ‘award-winning [barbeque] smoker has been imported from the USA and is built to recreate the cooking process of those original fire pits’ used to barbeque food centuries ago.
The restaurant claims to ‘use the traditional American woods of hickory and mesquite to give a full smoke flavour.’ On the menu are barbeque smoked dishes such as whole cooked chicken, slabs of ribs, smoked blackened salmon, and a 12 hour smoked brisket.
The restaurant serves a variety of drinks, including cocktails, beer, cider, wine, and champagne as well as iced tea and root beer, fizzy drinks from a soda fountain and milkshakes. The restaurant also has a breakfast menu, serving up a variety of pancakes, omelettes, fruit, and traditional breakfasts.
The saloon also offers a takeaway delivery service, with all the food offered on the restaurant’s sit down menu (not including the breakfast) available for delivery. It can get very busy, so is best to reserve seating for Friday and Saturday nights in particular.
Pop in to the Red Dog Saloon at 37 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN For more information, visit www.reddogsaloon.co.uk.