Opened: December 2014.
Where is it: On Commerical Street, near Spitalfields, East London.
What kind of food: Deep South barbequed everything, from beef short rib to pulled pork paired with meals-in-themselves sides, washed down with a choice of craft beers and well paired red wines.
Who goes: A typical East London crowd looking for the newest and coolest place to wine and dine with their equally on-trend pals.
The concept: From barbecue pop-up travelling the city, to permanent Shoreditch resident, Hotbox gives ribs and burgers a seriously cool update.
The interiors: Neon red and low beam lighting, wood bench seating and an open-style kitchen provides a sophisticated take on dirty south dining.
We tried: The succulent Chipotle Beef Rib Taco and Dirty Swine Sandwich aka pulled pork burger, with Pickled Jalapeno slaw (one for chilli lovers) and if we’d had any room left the Deep Fried Oreos looked the most gluttonous way to end a mammoth meal.
And the drinks: We ordered a bottle of the Malbec after a recommendation from our host, which suited the meat-feast most suitably.
Hero Dishes: Smoked Mac and Cheese, need we say more?
Star cocktail: If you have the time, pop downstairs to 46 & Mercy the resident cocktail bar and sample their gin and Prosecco infused, Fernet Me Not, cocktail.
Best for: Book one of the benches for six or more of your (non veggie) friends and feast before heading out on the razz in Shoreditch, or continuing drinks down in the handily situated basement bar.
What made it unique to them: A vibrant, on-trend atmosphere that was equalled by their deeply satisfying and delicious food.