Authentic, fresh and flavoursome Southern American cuisine in the heart of the nation’s capital.
1. Because people had been raving about it
2. The creator, Grant Kells, has a talent for delivering an outstanding food and dining experience (a renown chef by trade and making his mark on the Canberra restaurant scene).
The concept behind Smoque, as its name suggests, is to replicate the authentic smokey flavour synonymous with real Texan food. Grant has successfully captured a little bit of Southern America for Canberrans and visitors to the nation’s capital to enjoy.
He is so committed to providing authentic Southern American tasting meats that he imports his hickory chips all the way from Texas. Talk about the real deal!
Now I know what you’re all thinking…Southern America isn’t necessarily known for its healthy eating! True, however when it comes to dining out my motto has always been that it’s what’s in the food that’s most important. Smoque believes in freshly prepared ingredients and clean, delicious food.
A lot of attention goes into the preparation of the slow cooked meats and vegetables, which are marinated in house-made secret spices (with nothing artificial).
The great thing about the menu is that there are different sized dishes to suit your appetite. I’d fasted for the morning so that I could enjoy as much as possible, so my friend and I ordered the BBQ Trifecta, which is a shared plate with a mix of different meats and sides. There are different sized shared plates to suit your group size which means you can try a bit of everything whilst it also makes the food really affordable for what you get.
I dined with my best friend (of more than 25 years, without giving away my age!) and we also ordered two of the salads – far too much even for two hungry cavewomen but we did our best! We had the Aloha Salad, and since it was the day after thanksgiving, fittingly we ordered the Thanksgiving Salad (both pictured above).
My friend said that the Aloha Salad was one of the best salads she had ever had! When I mentioned this to Grant, who was the perfect host during our lunch, he told me the dressing was one of his signature recipes from all the years earlier at Flint.
Now for the meat. Succulent, tender, juicy and oh my goodness so flavoursome! I am still dreaming about the ribs and pulled pork. Apparently it does make a difference to source hickory all the way from the other side of the earth!
If you’re worried about whether the restaurant will cater for any specific dietary intolerances, they have celiac and veggo’s covered and for anything else just ask them and I’m sure they would be happy to meet your requirements.
Smoque is a healthy and refreshing take on slow cooked, smokey and flavoursome food. You won’t find any fast, deep fried foods here – only the best of Southern America y’all!!
Expect a casual, affordable, friendly, fun and memorable dining experience.
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