A well-travelled pop-up kitchen now rooted in Royal Exchange Square with locally sourced smoked meats, homemade sauces, pickles and craft beers.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Still so newly opened at time of visit that they don’t even have their alcohol licence yet (it’s on the way, we’re assured), Smoak brings superior BBQ food to the heart of the city centre. A well-travelled pop-up kitchen prior to putting down roots in the compact Royal Exchange Square premises vacated by Swedish Affär, they well know by now what Glasgow’s dude food fans want and how to deliver it. Which is to say locally sourced meats dry-rubbed or brined overnight before marinating, then smoked ‘low and slow’ for up to 14 hours and served with typically homemade sauces and pickles. That makes for some seriously succulent and flavorsome jumbo chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs (venison – not your usual dubious composites), smoke-pit ribs and mandatory pork of the pulled variety. It’s mainly about the meat here, then, but veggies are better catered for than you’dexpect with a mac and cheese burger, aubergine steak and various sides including crispy house slaw, onion rings and Texas toast. Premium American and Scottish craft beers are promised once that drinks licence appears.
- High point: BBQ food that smoaks pretty much all competition in town
- Low point: The dessert range could be wider
- Notable dish: Dirty Harry – house-smoked venison hot dog with pulled pork, bacon jam, cheese and shallot
- Delivery: Deliveroo
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Funky, American or Folk
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2015
- BYOB: £2.50 per person corkage (Awaiting License - will continue to do BYOB but only for special promotions)