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In an age when every starry-eyed start-up is bidding to elevate fast food into an art form, news of a former Fat Duck k chef fronting a hot-dog joint is enough to get tongues wagging. But aside from opening one of the coolest joints in Kensington, the team at Dirty Bones has masterfully navigated the slippery path between junk-food purveyors and culinary know-it-alls. A retro-eclectic interior mixes parquet floors, patterned tiles and 60s light shades in a grungy low-lit basement that’s custom-built for lashings of meat and bourbon. Our 21-day-aged burger dog with homemade beer cheese was the star of the show, but everything else was faultlessly decadent – from a pulled pork Mexican dog, right down to the smoky secret sauce. No bookings, but a swinging bar and bourbon-based cocktails help to pass the time.


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  1. There’s a lot of filth-focussed nomenclature when it comes to casual-dining eateries these days. We’ve already got Dirty Burger in Kentish Town and Vauxhall, not to be confused with Big Dirty Burger popping up around London. It’s a fitting adjective to describe the sort of food you expect to get around your mouth as much as in it, eaten without cutlery, and always great with alcohol.

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  1. Dirty Bones appears to be yet another ‘Deep South’ American venue which has sprung up in London. However, unlike many of its brethren, this one isn’t located in deepest darkest ‘Hipster-ville’. Instead, it occupies a discrete little spot in amongst the estate agents and boutiques of Kensington. So can ‘Dirty Bones’ bring a love of everything smoked and meaty to the well heeled residents of West London?

    Hot Dog Counter by day... underground restaurant by night
    Hot Dog Counter by day… underground restaurant by night
    Dirty Bones is unashamedly targeting the trend for good’ol American food which has been...
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  1. Yes, we know, London has burgers and hot dogs coming out of its ears, the trend is threatening to become a little tiresome. Dirty Bones sounds like just another dude food restaurant, nothing new, nothing exciting but it really is much more than that. The name doesn’t help, we have Dirty Burger, Dirty Martini, Lazy Bones, FISHBone, Bone Daddies… Is it all about bones and dirt at the moment? Dirty Bones is at risk of getting lost within all of these places and not standing out, which would be a great shame.

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  1. Dirty Bones is a basement restaurant and bar in High Street Kensington which specialises in the kind of ‘dirty’ food this city has grown accustomed to; hot dogs, ribs, wings etc. It’s backed by the same company as Rum Kitchen and Tommi’s Burger Joint, so one can only imagine a second Dirty Bones is on the cards.

    It’s kitted out beautifully inside and on our Sunday night visit, even though the place was dead, they had live music which was a nice touch; it was the perfect place to chill out and have a chat. It was incredibly dark though so excuse ‘les images merde’...
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