SmokeWorks is a new venture by Cambscuisine (who run the two Chop Houses in Cambridge, among others). This new restaurant took over the premises occupied by Eraina in Free School Lane, on the corner with Bene’t Street and will open on Tuesday evening this week (the counter on the website is off). The menu will mainly consist of US style BBQ items (chicken, ribs of various flavours, pulled meat buns etc.). Heading up the kitchen is Vladimir Hromek who was previously head chef at the University Centre brasserie.
Modelled on similar trendy joints, there will be a no booking policy and the kitchen will be open all day from 11:30 to 22:30 (23:00 at weekends) with takeaway available. Drinks come in the shape of bottled beers, wine, (hard) milk shakes, bourbons and ryes as well as soft drinks. The decor is equally on trend with exposed brick, tables and benches with supports made from steel piping, filament bulbs and so forth. You call service by using a emergency off switch next to your table. This box also holds cutlery and the sauces which are made to Chef Vladimir’s recipes.
I was commissioned to take photos during a trial run on Friday evening and here are some of the results:
I had the opportunity to taste the chicken pieces, pork scrumpets, lamb ribs and pulled pork and it was all very good, the meat moist and with good flavour. The beef dripping mash was amazing.
One thing you’ll be hard pressed to find is a healthy or vegetarian option, it’s all rather rich. There are no salads or green vegetables as sides but the red coleslaw was fresh and crunchy.