Yet another utterly cool dining venue in Liverpool - Slim's Pork Chop Express. Inspired by the owners' enthusiasm with the film Big Trouble in Little China, you'll find subtle (and not so subtle) hints to the film itself. Found just a short walk away from indie-friendly Bold Street on Seel Street, the black exterior is lit up with modern neon lights in the shape of a pig and cow - you'll know you've found it! The menu focuses on the whole pork chop sandwich idea, with big smokes, low and slow cooked meats, pimped out fries and craft beers to go alongside.
Downstairs you'll find the main bar, with mellow lighting and a few bar stools. At first I was worried that this was the dining area and I'd be scoffing a pork chop sandwich whilst trying not to drip sauce all over my neighbours Cosmopolitan.
Actually, we were soon taken upstairs where there's lots more seating and more references to the legendary film. This so happens to be one of my boyfriend's favourite films too, so he was quite taken by The Egg Shen on the menu. I loved that you only knew the references if you'd seen the film (I've just seen clips). It was almost like a little inside joke with the owners. We got a great spot next to the open kitchen - with decor again mixing garish (but cool) neon signs and a lucky Chinese cat. (Note to self: I need to buy one of those cats).
Having seen how monstrous their pork chop sandwiches were over on Instagram, I knew that one of these plus chips and a side to share would be enough. Starting at £5, these pork chop sandwiches are very reasonable for the amount you get. Don't be put off by the word "sandwich" my friends, these beauties could rival any burger.
I went for their signature Pork Chop Express (£9) whilst Sam of course had The Egg Shen (£10). Served on a toasted brioche bun, the PC Express is made up of pulled pork, sliced smoked sausage, bacon, slaw and pickle. The Egg Shen features pulled pork, smoked sausage, bacon, melted cheese, garlic mayo and of course a fried duck egg. Both mighty burgers I'm sure you'll agree!
Alongside this we went for a couple of corn dogs (£4.50) and their Lo Pan fries (£7). Another character reference there too - although probably the most terrifying individual I've ever seen. These fries were quite the opposite. Drizzles in curry sauce, spring onions, chilli & deep fried salt & pepper siu mai with homemade char siu and sriracha - they were just delicious. In fact I've never had something quite so spicy and equally as moreish. In true Slim's fashion, it was served in a bamboo steamer; the perfect combination of all American fries with a twist of The Orient.
You can see why they've become known for their pork chop sandwiches too. Fully loaded with great quality, delicious ingredients in a squidgy, slighty-sweet bun.
As well as the sandwiches, you can also order American inspired low and slow smoked meats, Josper grills, beer can roast duck and delicate dim sum. If only we had room! Instead we finished with a couple of cocktails; Wing Kong Punch (£8) and the Lucky Strike (£8.50). If you Googled the aforementioned Lo Pan, you'll recognise his rather scary face in this cocktail glass. I didn't get to ask if they were specially made, but it was a pretty cool touch. This was a tropical medley of Rum, Guava, Orgeat, orange and plum whilst Old Fashioned fan Sam enjoyed the mix of Woodford, bitters, sugar and smoke in his.
Have you ever been to Slim's Pork Chop Express? What is you favourite smokehouse or burger restaurant in Liverpool? And lastly, have you seen the film too?
Slim's Pork Chop Express
85 Seel Street
85 Seel Street
Note: I paid in full for my meal and the restaurant did not know I was reviewing the experience.