When Dave Pynt first came up with the idea for Burnt Enz – his vibey weekend barbecue on the forecourt of the East London arch where Climpson & Sons roast their coffee – he thought ribs, he thought sausages, he thought burgers. ‘Just all the normal things you do on a barbecue.’ But the Burnt Enz barbecue isn’t normal: it’s a custom-designed, brick-built monster that can take whole pigs, and gets very hot indeed. A Rolls Royce of a barbie, which Perth-raised Dave plans to auction off at the end of summer for a five-figure sum.
Anyway, Dave’s experience at the Loft and with the Young Turks, not to mention his time at legendary Spanish grill restaurant Extebarri, meant he had the moves to plan more elegant summer menus, featuring dishes such as hake, fennel and clams to share, bone marrow with watercress on toast, and grilled courgette with broad beans, ricotta and green sauce. ‘The more I thought about it, the more I realised: this is tastier,’ he says. The Burnt Enz faithful agree – by 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays we’ve always seen lots of crossings-out on the blackboard menus.
We went down to Burnt Enz on a smoky summer evening, and asked Dave to zap us with some good advice for home BBQ fanatics, while he knocked us up some crab with aïoli. ‘The crab is a beautiful sharing summer dish,’ says Dave. ‘It’s one of those things that everyone thinks is phenomenal. You boil them first, then smoke them on the barbecue.