Thursday, April 7, 2016

Up in Smoke

28 Hopkins Street
VIC 3011

There was plenty of interest around for the opening of Up in Smoke, and we'd seen and heard about queues and big crowds. We decided to wait a while before paying our first visit. Even then on an early Autumn Saturday evening we arrived at around 6:30 there only tables outside avaialble, fortunately the mild weather and last night of daylight savings made that a good option. By the time we left, the line reached out to the street.

The shop section is now open too, but we only window shopped on this visit.

There is an enclosed outside area just off the area out the front of the main entrance.

Our table was conveniently opposite the hatch that serves those seated on the terrace. The menu isn't huge but has plenty of smoked and BBQ'd meat offerings and some interesting alternatives.

We kicked off with the smokey babaganoush which packed a bit fire too and came with tortilla chips from La Tortilleria in Kensington. A brilliant combo to start things off.

Our side of bbq rub fries came out early on too, and these ticked the right boxes too.

I enjoyed my white polenta crumbed prawn taco, which also contained corn, black beans and avocado with a lime dressing. The prawn flavour and texture was still distinct amongst the myriad of others and I could have happily munched on a couple more...

The smoked pulled pork shoulder taco was topped with grilled pineapple, avocado, queso fresco and pico de gallo and go the thumbs up.... did the smoked brisket burnt ends, with the tomatillo salsa, smoked bell peppers,queso fresco and pickled green jalapenos.

The still smokin' sandwich exceeded my expectations and lived up to its name with really smokey chicken and a nice combo of pickles, onions and ranch dressing.

We found the service to be professional and friendly all evening, despite the crowds. maybe with the outdoor seating and making our orders at the counter actually works better, or perhaps early teething troubles are now in the past. our food came to $47, we washed it down with some of the craft ales which are around $10 a pint. I think we'll be back and hopefully before the city views are obscured by one of the areas many new towers being erected.

Up in Smoke Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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