Entries by Ana Lucia Alonso

Classic Cocktails With A Twist!

The food menu may get your taste buds dancing, but the drinks menu is a whole other story. Ranging from twists on classics to a couple specialty cocktails, the bar team at Hotbox London has curated inspired tipples perfectly matched to any one of our mains from the fall-off-the-bone smoked meats to the vegetarian options.

The Smokey Gonzales, a twist on a mezcal margarita, offers a depth of smoke from the mezcal boosted by the Ancho Reyes chilli liqueur. Add a spicy salt rim, you’ve got the perfect duo between our Smokey and pork ribs.

Moving on from tequila, everyone loves a bit of whiskey when they want some good BBQ. Our Delicious Sour is a fantastic twist on a whiskey sour that sees Jameson and peach liqueur expertly paired. Add a bit of lemon and egg white, you’ve never seen anything like this before!

Our Gentle Bear, created by Hotbox’s Daniel, was a competition winner against Marco Pierre White Bar! The rules: create a stylish, sweet cocktail packed with booze and a complex garnish. The garnish itself may have been brought down a notch to match Hotbox’s well-known, simplistic style, but the drink itself still matches all other criteria. With the rarely seen pairing of cachaça and Amaretto, the sweetness of the cocktail is balanced with a hint of cinnamon. Thanks to lime, all flavours are elevated enough to gain a win and massive success across both bars!

For those with a sweet tooth, we at Hotbox London have just the drink for you – Passion Smash. Made with fresh passionfruit, East London Liquor Company vodka, brown sugar, and lime, this libation is a little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lot of refreshing!

If those cocktail descriptions weren’t enough to get your mouth watering, maybe the Sneaky Fidget will do the trick. Amaro Montenegro, East London Liquor Company Demerara Rum and orgeat gives this modest-looking drink a number of layers. Add a bit of lime into the mix, you have the perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious Fidget.

There are plenty of classic cocktails to go around with a selection of 20 available in the Hotbox bar, but those signatures won’t last forever! With the change of the season, comes a change in the cocktail menu, and a rotation is currently under development! These drinks, as exciting as they are, won’t be around much longer! Keep an eye out for a brand-new cocktail menu coming to Hotbox Bar! What can you expect? More tequila and more whiskey paired with equal amounts of passion and finesse. And, as always, perfectly concocted to compliment and elevate those beef short rib tacos you love so much.

Also don't forget to check our  great selection of Draft and Bottled Beers– we serve over 15 different types of craft beer. Like Pilsner, Gamma Ray, Beavertown, Crate Pravha,  an amazing Chieftain and a very cool Kona  Big Wave, what´s not to love beer worshipers?

There’s a carefully selected wine list, from Pinot Grigio to a Puolly Fume on whites and Pinot Noir and Malbec to make your dinner unforgettable!

How did Eggs Benedict get its name?

Eggs Benedict is a classic menu item, but why? Are where did it get its name? Who was benedict?

Legend has it that a hungover Wall Street broker brought Eggs Benedict into the world.  In 1894, in the Waldorf Hotel in New York,  Lemuel Benedict ordered two poached eggs on top of buttered toast, crispy bacon and two poached eggs… plus the hollandaise sauce, of course. Oscar Tschirky, Head Chef at the time loved it! So, Eggs Benedict were added to the breakfast and lunch menu, but with a small few changes – Candian bacon and toasted English muffin replaced crispy bacon and toast.

So let’s take a closer look at the different parts that make up this breakfast legend!

Poached Eggs: The best eggs?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Yep, science tells us that we should never skip breakfast!  If you are going to eat breakfast, you might as well do it in style with a delicious poached egg.

Whether plopped on top of your avo toast or paired with a smoked pork belly, a water-cooked egg is a delicious (and healthy, obvs) way to add some vegetarian-friendly protein to your brekkie. But it’s also one of the more intimidating stovetop techniques. Get your hand on it and try to make it at home!

Poached, Eggs Bacon and muffin

Our recipe

Here some tips:

1. Get the water temperature right

2. Add some acid (maybe vinegar?)

3. Crack the egg

4. Test it (You can test it by wiggling to see if it’s set to your liking, and whatever you do, please don’t cook the yolk!)

5. Scoop it out ... and enjoy of this delicious God creation called Poached eggs!

Eggs Benedict

Hollandaise Sauce - How to get is just right

Hollandaise is, we think, the single greatest thing that some poached eggs can aspire to go out with!

There is a lot going on about the difficulty of creating the perfect Hollandaise sauce, once you understand the science of it; it will be life changing! Breakfast and Brunch to another level!

The trick, according to food science god Harold McGee, is "heat the egg yolks enough to obtain the desired thickness, but not so much that the yolk proteins coagulate into little solid curds and the sauce separates".

Our trick? An spicy touch of Spike Paprika Sauce !

 Shhhhhhhhh, dont tell everybody!

Healthy Brunch London: What are the healthiest items on our menu?

It is the time of year when people make new year's resolutions, and those promises often involve eating more healthily. But panic not!, this doesn't mean you have to lock yourself away at home and never enjoy the delicious food of Hotbox. We are here to provide you with a guide on the healthiest items on our menu - enjoy!

​​​​Our healthy options:

Spicy Mushroom Taco

Crispy shallots, feta,
sriracha salsa, coriander

Grilled Chicken

Citrus & sumac rub
Arbol chilli & mezcal mop

Barbecue Red Snapper

Chargrilled red snapper fillet, red cabbage, pickles

Aubergine Schwarma

Shawarma spiced grilled aubergine,
tahini dressing, pomegranate, hazelnut dukkah, pine nuts (v)

Hotbox - not just for meat-lovers!

Aubergine At Hotbox

BBQ Jack Fruit Slider: The closest thing we can get to a vegan bbq slider that tastes like meat. The texture is like pulled pork and our vegan BBQ sauce packs all the same flavour punch you’d expect from our regular sauce.

Jack Fruit Slider At Hotbox

Schwarma Aubergine: Delicious smokey aubergine, doused with schwarma spiced butter and finished with pomegranate molasses, tahini and pine nuts. Giving smokey flavours to the aubergine and feel the HotBox spirit even been vegan!

A Bottomless Brunch in London: The Best Start to the Day

Our famous Bottomless Brunch menu runs from Tuesday through to Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm (Sundays until 3pm) and is a great option when you want to enjoy a boozy brunch in London.

Hotbox is the ideal place to meet friends at the weekend, or indulge with colleagues during the week. The atmosphere is lively and it is well-situated near many bars so you can keep the party going well into the evening.

For £25 you can enjoy bottomless Prosecco, Mimosas and a selection of Winter Cocktails, one drink at a time, for 2 hours from your the time of your reservation. (you can mix and match your drinks throughout the meal). Food is not included.

What makes it the best brunch in London? The concept of ‘brunch’ is synonymous with American dining and our menu will transport you across the Atlantic, from enjoying a brunch in East London to feeling like you are on the Texas plains. To start with, the bottomless drinks menu offers a range of Bloody Marys and we have a strong feeling that the afternoon could get a bit lively! The menu has all the American classics you would expect including Buttermilk Pancakes with bacon & syrup as well as Ribs from the famous smoker and some luxurious Truffled Eggs.

Some menu delights to get your mouth watering include ‘Crushed Avocado’ - Yes, avocado on toast is still very much a trend but this combination with roasted corn, feta and poached eggs is fantastic! And to quench your thirst, the Bloody Tango (Gin, Tomato Juice, Chimichurri & Wine.) - we think this one speaks for itself! 

But this is a bottomless brunch in London…why not just try them all? Just remember to leave enough room for a delicious dessert! Discover our full brunch menu and book a table to treat your friends, colleagues or loved ones