LDNReview

Smokey Jerkey review image

Smokey Jerkey

££££+44 20 7639 6204
Hours:SATURDAY11:00AM to 11:00PM
Perfect For:TakeawayLunch

After one bite of Smokey Jerkey’s jerk chicken, there was no doubt in our minds that south London was well on top in the jerk stakes. We've read and salivated over this takeaway spot for a while (it features in Belly Full, Riaz Phillip’s excellent book on Caribbean food in the UK). Two years of relative inertia and the onset of spring caused us to finally, finally, get on the train to New Cross, hit Smokey Jerkey for some jerk chicken and happily sit in a nearby park with it and a pot of their lovely, enlivening homemade pepper sauce. It really lived up to the high expectations. The depth of char in this jerk isn’t the kind you find north of the river. It’s blackened and sunk in, while the meat stays as tender as it should be. Peering into Smokey Jerkey, you’ll see their smoker in the kitchen; a kind of Robot Wars garden shed creation that helps make some of London’s finest Caribbean cooking. Open fire cooking paired with fiery sauce this good is, quite simply, unbeatable.

Featured in

.
The Best Things We Ate This Week guide image
Guide
The Best Things We Ate This Week

A running list of the best dishes we’ve eaten recently.

Suggested Reading

.
5 Great Things To Eat & Drink In Deptford guide image
Guide
5 Great Things To Eat & Drink In Deptford

A boozer, a bánh mì, and several by-the-glass wine lists to know about in Deptford.

London’s Best Park Bench Meals guide image
Guide
London’s Best Park Bench Meals

Humongous sandwiches, freshly baked patties, and unapologetically messy tostadas. All best enjoyed ‘al bencho’.

The 5 Best Jerk Chicken Spots In East London guide image
Guide
The 5 Best Jerk Chicken Spots In East London

In the mood for jerk chicken? Here are the best spots to get it around east London.

Ewarts Jerk review image
8.8
Review
Ewarts Jerk

Ewerts is a Caribbean takeaway spot in Dalston freshly cooking superb smoky jerk chicken, pork belly, and more.