They say: “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. In the case of LP’s Quality Meats, there’s definitely a whole lot of hot stuff smoldering away behind sliding glass doors, down an otherwise quiet lane, tucked away in Sydney’s new darling neighbourhood for food, Chippendale.
At the heart of LP’s Quality Meats pumps Australia’s only Southern Pride Smoker. Shipped straight from Tennessee, this beast of a machine creates quality, smoked meats and treats under the watchful and masterful control of eponymous and renowned head-chef/owner, Luke Powell.
Start with things cured and the cold cuts. Thin slivers of belly ham will convert any hardened vegetarian, and get a bowl of pickles to cut through the meat festival that’s about to kick off. Applewood smoked salmon is served with crème fraiche, dill and capers, and the smoked beef tongue with bone marrow and eschallot vinairgrette is not to be missed. The corn on the cob is chewy, popping with juice, and roasted in palm-sized pieces. Sides include radishes with bottarga and Dijon vinaigrette.
Heads are filled with loud, excellent music and there’s a fun, vibrant vibe. Don’t leave without having the pouding chomeur with vanilla icecream for dessert, it’s heart stoppingly good; one for sharing.