Duke’s Brew & Cue

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I went with some friends and work colleagues to check out Duke’s Brew & Que just before I was in India, as my foodie friend Shefali and I had heard great things and wanted to check it out. As we walk in, we were greeted by friendly staff and the sight of a busy bar area.

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Loved the decorative touches of the antlers over our table and the baseball hats on a stand over the staircase. (See our Facebook page for more photos from our visit.)

Whilst we waited for our meals, some of us got cocktails and others the keg & cask offerings. I heard from my friends that they do keg & cask beers, ales, lagers and ciders, but as I am not keen on these I got them to report back on their thoughts. The Beavertown Gamma Ray APA & Stingy Jack Spiced Pumpkin Ale I heard were prefect to get the appetite going for their big meaty platters! Shefali and I decided to kick off our Friday evening with cocktails – a Big Love and The G.C. Shefali loved the fruitiness complemented by the Boxer Gin & Sipsmith Sloe in her Big Love, and I thoroughly enjoyed the spicy citrus notes offsetting the strong kick from the Tin Cup Bourbon in my The G.C (though anything with spirits especially whisky, bourbon, cognac, amaretto, brandy, dark rum or port I love, if anyone is taking notes!).

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Graham and Adam were in a Homer-style meat drool by the time their mains arrived, and they dived into their Greatest Hits hefty meat platters with gusto! They reported that were enjoying all the meats as they each had a unique taste, though the beef ribs had got slightly overcooked and had dried out slightly. Adam gave me to try some of each – the beef had what tasted like a sticky bourbon glaze, and the pork rib had a wonderful star anise note to it.

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Shefali and I opted for the slightly more manageable Land Slider. The pulled pork was succulent, though the top layer was not a joy to eat as the bbq sauce was too sickly sweet for my liking, but that is personal preference. Maybe you could add some bourbon or something else to the bbq sauce to balance out the sweet elements. The pulled pork was caressed by a beautiful, soft pillow of a brioche bun and overall was a nice burger complemented by the addition of pickled red onion. Loved the side of Duke’s seasoned fries which had great crispy exterior and fluffy interiors.

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Susie went for the 3 pork ribs which she said was also great to eat, and just right for someone who did not want a huge amount to eat.

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Also, the guys said that the Beavertown Neck Oil IPA and the Thornbridge Tzara lager perfectly complemented their meat feasts.

Great traditional American sides of chilli fries and medium hot wings, though all of us agreed we had over-ordered as we were struggling to get through the two plates of each of these. That said Graham and Adam gallantly soldiered on after their meat feasts to finish what was left, as it would have been a shame to waste them – though they were in a meat coma after!

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Be careful though that if you opt for the Nuclear Bastardo Wings they are extremely hot as their sauce contains the Naga chilli – you have been warned!

Sadly, no room to try their desserts this time as we were all stuffed. So if any of our readers visit before us and make it through to dessert, please report back (via commenting on this blog post below) as to what were your favourites.

Even got a short moment to watch the culinary theatre of the kitchen thanks to Niamh. (See our Facebook page for these and more photos from our visit.)

Thanks to Niamh (Assistant Manager) and team for looking after us so well, and for the kitchen team for good food and well done for coping well without their head chef (day off) and with a very full house. See you guys again soon!

 

Twitter: @dukesjoint

Facebook: /dukes-brew-que

Instagram: @dukesbrewandque

 

Website: http://dukesbrewandque.com/

 

Contact details and Address:

Duke’s Brew & Que

33 Downham Road

Hackney

London N1 5AA

T .020 3006 0795
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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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