Old Kent Road Aromatherapy

If there is a better-smelling stretch of road in South East London then BC never smelled it.

On our ride home each night, the miserably underpopulated Old Kent Road gives way to the sights, sounds and smells of New Cross Road, which let us know we're nearly home.

It's hard to pin down, who's responsible, but between Smokey Jerky, Big T, Happy Inn and half a dozen other takeaway restaurants, a delicious smelly haze hangs over a 200-yard stretch of road every night.

If you have any eating recommendations for this stretch of New Cross, please let us have them.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's the smell of fare Nick.

Brockley Nick said...

But, for example, the takeaways of Brockley contribute nothing to the olfactoral quality of the area. That stretch is a special, magical place.

NXG_Resident said...

Smokey Jerky is superb. The jerk pork in that place is second to none.

Looking forward to The Cottage Project opening their doors on that stretch of road - hopefully it will serve some good grub.

AliAfro said...

I know exactly what you mean. I usually turn off OKR before New cross but I go through it if I am going to the gym at goldsmiths. Problem is by the time I get there I am hungry and ready to undo any good gym deeds before I have even started. Smells like jerk to me...

Credit crunch chick said...

Hong Kong city a little arlier is a new discovery for us - delicious and packed on a Sunday for dim sum

Anonymous said...

Nice smell by Fishy Business and Dominics

Anonymous said...

you cycle nick?

THNick said...

Big T is shut isnt it? Smokey Jerkey is brilliant but oddly, I think the smell is a chicken shop on the other side of the road (or at least it seems that when I'm going to the post office in the morning).

And CCC is right - Hong Kong city is very good. I love the pork belly with pickled vegetables.

Richard Elliot said...

I've noticed the same thing over the last week. Like many of the other commenters I've heard Smokey Jerky is good. I haven't been there yet, but it is on my local wish list.

Ubber said...

So true - I think exactly the same every day as i cycle past. It all starts with the briefest of whiffs as you pass KFC, which whilst clearly unhealthy, really gets my tastebuds tingling. It's so wrong but so right! Then you get down to new cross and it's full of it. I reckon the Alanya "steak & kebab house" contributes a lot - not sure about the truth of the "steak" bit in the name mind...

By the time I get to Sainsbury's I usually end up spending double in my greediness.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised the aroma of good cooking travels as far from Top Chef as the New Cross Road

david said...

Big T used to be great; shame it's now closed. A third vote for Hong Kong City from me - another cyclist tempted by the New Cross corner every evening

Anonymous said...

That's the smell of Brocolli (i.e. weed !)

Did not inhale said...

Its not the smell of weed that makes you hungry...

Sanjit Chudha said...

Hong Kong City is great, esp the Dim Sum. Haven't tried the others you mention Nick, but will. This tum (and tastebuds) likes flavours.

headhunter said...

Yeah there's definitely some place that sends out a wonderful bbq whiff along there... As for Hong Kong city they do great dim sum, certainly better than dragon castle in e&c....

Optimist said...

Before visiting any of the establishments in this area, have you thought of checking their food hygiene ratings system scores?

Brockley Nick said...

not really, no. I don't pay any attention to them. I'm interested in people's specific recommendations for where to eat.

Danja said...

I'm surprised you give that no credence at all Nick. There is a set of skills and routines which are necessary to prepare and serve safe food en masse to the public - do you doubt the inspectors' qualifications to judge that and why?

I've worked in the sector, and I wouldn't touch anyone with a 3 or less, whoever they are.

There is a story there in the rankings - I had a bit of a shock at first at how many "new establishments" score really poorly - posh names, 2s or 1s. My guess is that many are opened by people with no training in public hygiene, who are just arrogant enough to believe that they are cooking nice food and the rest will follow.

The fact that both the Brockley Mess and Top Chef get a 1 rating - "serious issues to be addressed" - is sensible local news which people should be informed about. The same goes for people at Brockley Market who have the same issues.

Brockley Nick said...

@Danja - I understand why others do, it's just something that doesn't worry me or I ever spend any time thinking about. I've never had food poisoning in the UK (though have had it in Singapore and Hong Kong, and I'll grant you, it was no fun at all).

I don't doubt that the scoring system is useful and sensible, although a few of the metrics do seem a little bureaucratic. I have plugged the scores on the doors site in the past and others are welcome to discuss it. But I don't personally ever look at it.

Danja said...

What, never, not even a bit of squits?

The species/strain is a matter of chance - get the wrong one and one can end up end dead.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Nick on this one. Unlike many people I know, I try not to go about life in a hermetically sealed bubble. I eat at the takeaways I want, eat food thats a day or two over it's use by date, reheat sausages etc. etc. and I'm never ill. The people who pay the most attention to this stuff - never giving their immune system something to chew on - are the ones with a constant stream of sicknotes.

Anonymous said...

Danja said...

"The fact that both the Brockley Mess and Top Chef get a 1 rating - "serious issues to be addressed" - is sensible local news which people should be informed about. The same goes for people at Brockley Market who have the same issues."

Broca actually gets a zero - "Urgent Improvement Necessary". Source: http://www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/business/the-broca--363490.html#

Will you be leading the boycott?

pip said...

I was a bit alarmed seeing the Brockley Mess score of 1, just now on this thread. However, I went into the site and it says that the standard of food safety and hygiene is "good". It's unclear how they get a rating of 1 just at a fairly cursory look at the other categories. They only have "some" confidence in management - well, frankly that could mean anything, and it all seems to be to do with compliance with regulation. So long as hygiene is good and the experience is good (mine usually is, and I'm there most weekends), and they don't seem to have much turnover of staff so presumably they're reasonably happy too - what more do you need? I am inclined to agree with Nick's position.

Danja said...

I don't use Broca anyway, so no boycott required. That's still better than this:

http://www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/business/mike-and-ollie--603652.html

Brockley Paul said...

I'm not sure about Old Kent Road, but that bakery on brockley road opposite the station (next to the estate agents) that bakes bread every evening smells amazing! I've been tempted to pop in and grab a loaf once or twice!

Anonymous said...

bread baking always smells amazing, they churn out generic cheap bread that you can buy at any supermarket. That's fine but it's nowt special.

I heart cupcakes said...

I as surprised to see lots of positive reviews for Hong Kong City on here - I have to walk past the restaurant daily and the vile smells coming out of it in the mornings make me gag.
Smokey Jerky is the reason I think the road smells good

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