First, the basics. One Sixty is the new project from David Moore, the restauranteur behind the Michelin starred Pied à Terre and L'Autre Pied restaurants. It's named after the ideal temperature for smoking meat; which is the restaurants' speciality.
The wife and I had a rare night out, so was looking for something extra-special. And we love smoked meats, so it seemed a great choice.
Entering, they have a doorman, which is a good sign. However as soon as we were actually in the bar / restaurant it was immediately confusing. Do you proceed to the bar to register that you're there for food, or move to the booking system computer in the middle of the restaurant? We tried first the former, then the latter. But it was an uncertain start, and despite three/four staff at the system nobody seemed to acknowledge our presence for a while.
Finally sat down, it has a short, enticing menu. Which is a good start. And a great range of beers and drinks. Ordering was pretty swift, and to be fair, the food also came quickly. We tried the fish bites to start, pulled pork bun, the ribs, chips and slaw.
We rather startled a waitress asking to change an order mid-meal, but it was changed without fuss. Unfortunately nothing really hit the spot. The fish bites were too bready, the pulled pork rather uninspiring, the ribs oversalted, the slaw just ok.
Towards the end of the meal (around 10.30pm) the music volume was suddenly amped up making it too uncomfortable to stay much longer, so we took the bill (reasonable cost) and left.
It's opened in a venue that has struggled in the past - Me love sushi was there for not many months. However it is slap bang in the middle of West End Lane, next to the Black Lion, so it shouldn't be the location which affects it.
For West Hampstead, I think it's worth trying. But if you're on a rare night out with a discerning French wife, I'd suggest hopping on a tube and going further afield for decent ribs and smoked meats.
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