It’s not often I get to check out a brand spanking new restaurant so I was really happy to be able to check out Footscray’s newest addition “Up In Smoke” Melbourne’s newest addition to it’s current BBQ restaurant mania.
Situated at 28 Hopkins St it’s very close to Footscray station. Up In Smoke is the creation of Shayne McCallum the man behind 8bit burgers also in Footscray.
The theme is BBQ with their $20,000 double barrel Yoder Frontiersman offset smoker that is going to be cooking up ribs, pulled pork and brisket that’s set free at 6pm each night.
During the day you’ve got taco’s sandwiches and sides to keep you going till the big boy foods come out 😉
Today we wanted to get a few different flavours so started out with some ham hock and cheddar croquettes.
These little fella’s aren’t the biggest starter on the menu but with low prices as well as heaps of choice you are going to be able to mix and match some great choices.
These were great however I reckon they could have gone a bit more cheese to add a slightly bitey angle to the dish.
For mains I opted for two of the tacos: pulled pork with pineapple salsa and the brisket ends.
Now these guys are not huge. The are probably no bigger than 12cm diameter. I’ve done a pic with the fork so you have something to compare.
The pulled pork was really tasty. The pineapple and tomato was really fresh and the combination worked fantastically well.
The brisket ends were pretty chewy which put me off a little. Yes I know that is kind of the deal with brisket ends but these guys were feeling pretty dry. The smokey flavour was nice and strong which both my companion and I agreed is pretty rare in Melbourne BBQ joints.
My mate opted for the “Up In Smoke” sandwich.
First thing I noted was they have totally gone authentic with the american orange cheese. Yes yes I know it’s cheddar however every time I see that colour cheese I have to wonder about the lifestyle of US cows and and how they manage to get such a strong colour.
My mate reports the sandwich was really good. He was impressed with the smokey flavours however he would have preferred a little more dressing and zing to go with the slaw. Now he’s a big time BBQ man so he knows this stuff. Overall impression was a thumbs up.
Added to the meal was some fries. Nice and crunchy and plenty of seasoning to give them some zing.
So today I have to say I was impressed. Great tasting offerings and I am definitely going to have to cross town to check out the evening menu. I am a huge rib fan so I will make sure I am there at 6 on the dot to make sure I don’t miss out.
So yes, colour me impressed. Good food, smaller serves however the prices are made to match…
Kicking ass Mr McCallum. Thumbs Up
You can check out the menu above and sign up for thier mailing list here: http://upinsmoke.net.au/