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SMK Taupo

Published: 7 April 2017
Last Updated: 15 March 2019
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SMK is Taupo’s newest concept eatery, bringing smoke and fire to the main eating street. Basing our menu around the ‘Low & Slow’ style of cooking, often seen in Southern USA restaurants like the Texan BBQ.

The restaurant has a chill feel and is a real taste bud pleaser, the restaurant is fairly priced and has some great helpful staff. Although the restaurant doesn’t have much on the menu, it’s got everything to make it an extremely enjoyable filling experience.

What to expect.

The main vibe of the restaurant is relaxed and fun with a large infographic wall detailing the 3 hero types of meat. We are proud to serve our own craft brewed beer on tap ‘Escape Brewery’ with beers such as ‘Escape the Kids APA’ & ’Escape the Boss Lager’ alongside other Taupo brewed beers in the fridge.

So, if you are looking for something a little bit different with a relaxed vibe, great service, cold beers & fulfilling, give us a try.

Menu & pricing

SMK Taupo has 3 hero types of meat Tex Mex Chicken, Beef Brisket & BBQ Pulled Pork which is all smoked and then cooked for at least 12 hours in a Traeger Wood Fired Grill. These meats are accompanied by Smoked Mac n Cheese, Pickled Coleslaw & Southern Dirty Rice or if you would prefer, you can have them ‘In a Bun’, delicious tender meat sandwiched in a grilled brioche bun.

A few other items that feature on our menu are our Cold Smoked Brie, Mac n Cheese Balls & an incredible Vegetarian dish - Smoked Mushroom and Paneer with Dirty Rice and a Crispy Tortilla.

Wednesday is for R & R (Ribs and Rib Eye) the ribs are dry rubbed and smoked, the Rib Eye has been cold smoked then cooked to your liking, you can also pick up a tap beer for only $7.

I highly recommend this as a must stop when travelling to Taupo, in my opinion, it can’t be beaten for value and size.

If you wanna get in on some of the delicious meals available check out SMK Taupo

SMK - Southern Meat Kitchen
40 Tuwharetoa Street,
07 378 3582

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Article by: Brett
Category : Taupo Food

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