While the world seems to be obsessed with consuming doom and gloom online at the moment, Facebook must have thought I needed a pick-me-up when it showed me a post of The Pig’s Wings latest dish last weekend.
While I am well aware of the Facebook algorithm and ads popping up all the time, I must admit that I think it was fate that brought The Pig’s Wings and I together as it had been playing on my mind for a while and gave me the get-go to go online and order some.
Known for their tasty subs, which have been inspired by street food from across the globe, these elongated sandwiches aren’t for the faint-hearted and come packed to the brim with fillings and toppings.
Turning to Deliveroo, one of their delivery partners, my boyfriend and I got to work assessing the menu on our phones deliberating what to have.
There was everything from loaded fries with falafel, a vegan hotdog, deli subs with every topping imaginable, pitta breads, and salads. There was even churros, which, as tempting as they sounded, didn’t make it to my food basket.
Finally placing our order online, it was now the wait and the image of a person cycling along a line which had my delivery time outlined on my phone screen which had my full attention.
The time slot indicated we had at least a 30-to-40-minute wait, so I decided to give up on watching the cyclist manoeuvre their way along the line for the time being.
Coming from their premises on Upperkirkgate in the city centre, we knew it wouldn’t be too long until the rider would be ringing the buzzer at the door.
Lo and behold, around 30 minutes later the rider appeared with a bag of goods in hand.
He gave me a call to let me know my order had arrived and also waited while I made my way to our communal flat door entrance.
There sat my brown bag of food on the luckily dry floor waiting for me to grab it.
Thanking the Deliveroo employee, I raced back up the stairs to inspect our delivery.
Like most takeaway food I have ordered from Deliveroo the dishes had to be heated up, so we emptied the brown recyclable cartons which held the steak house special loaded fries and the currywurst I had ordered. My boyfriend’s flaming chicken deli sub came wrapped up in thin packaging which we rolled it out of.
A few minutes for all of the dishes in the microwave and we were cooking with gas.
The first thing I noticed about the loaded fries was the sheer size of the dish. Not only was there a tonne of French-fry-style chips in the box, but they had been topped with a whole heap of seared flank steak which looked incredibly juicy. The pink middle and brown edges of the steak told me it was cooked medium rare, exactly how I like it. The meat melted in your mouth and wasn’t chewy as I had envisioned it might have been. Cooked on the grill, you could taste the smoke from it on the grilled marks on the steak.
The chips were crisp and had been cooked skin-on, giving them an extra crunchiness from bite to bite.
To top this there was a gorgeous peppercorn sauce lathered on top, which got into every layer of the fries. The coverage was excellent. Thankfully the creamy, yet slightly salty sauce didn’t turn them too soggy, but it was joyfully peppery and provided a lot of flavour.
The onion rings hadn’t travelled so well with the sauce and ended up a little chewier than hoped. Huge big things, they were thick and chunky and the batter surrounding the sweet white onion inside was made with herbs and cracked pepper which were visible to the eye. I also think the heat from the food and the condensation it had created in the box didn’t help the onion rings either.
Having split the fries, we didn’t dare split our subs or bratwurst.
My boyfriend’s flaming chicken sub was more on the stumpy side than it was long. It was thick and the bun was soft. The buttermilk chicken, which had been tossed in a spicy buffalo-style sauce, was bright orange and packed into the pale sub. Jalapenos were sprinkled all down it and added a fiery kick to the dish, with the spice eventually cooling off at the back of your mouth. They were crunchy, not soft or tender like the chicken, and the dry heat of them complemented the sweeter flavours of the buffalo sauce.
The currywurst I had opted for wasn’t something I would usually try, but having loved the one I got from The Chester Hotel before Christmas, I was keen to try it out again.
On the website it was the only bratwurst which stated it was served in a bun, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but thankfully it turned up how I was hoping it would – like a regular bratwurst – with a large sausage housed in a thin hotdog roll. Like the sub, the roll was very soft, and there was a lot of eating in the dish. It came topped with a brilliant curry sauce which I could easily eat over and over and was packed with curry powder. It was phenomenal, and I’d certainly consider putting it on a lot more dishes if I had the recipe.
The sauerkraut on top was a nice addition, but I couldn’t see past the curry sauce to fully enjoy it.
It took us a while to work our way through all of the food, but we eventually managed.
The highlight for us both had to be the steak fries, and that beautiful peppercorn sauce too.
While The Pig’s Wings cuisine isn’t my usual go-to for dinner, both my partner and I were very impressed with what we got.
While it may not look as good delivered as it would getting it in person in the takeaway joint, you can’t deny the flavours are bang-on, which makes it more than worth ordering from.
An independent business, it prides itself on bringing a mix of tastes and dishes from across the world to the forefront, and I think The Pig’s Wings does that well with their compact, easy-to-consume menu.
Yes, looks can be deceiving, but don’t let that stop you because this food is extremely tasty.