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|Address:||10 Poland Street, London W1F 8PZ|
|Tel:||020 7287 7575|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £14.90|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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I loved Bodeans when it first came to town. The BBQ was always excellent, with some of the best ribs I have EVER had in this country. Over the years, I have seen a decline in the quality and ingredient use which is terribly disappointing and there was one occasion where I ordered a delivery of food from my local Bodeans and it was absolutely awful. On this occasion, 4 of us headed to the Soho branch and despite not taking bookings, the manager was incredibly accommodating of a back injury I had and reserved a nice booth for us to ensure we had a table on arrival. The basement dining room is incredibly dark and a little dingy, with bizarre tartan carpetting and wooden panels. TV screens show American football, baseball and whatever US sporting events that were taking place.
I ordered a half rack of baby back ribs and a half portion of spare ribs. To my disappointment, the spare ribs were a little dry and not as gloriously meaty and fatty as they once were. The baby back ribs were still very good and next time I dine here, that is what I would stick to ordering. My friends chose a selection of side dishes included pulled pork, cornbread muffins and creamed corn. The creamed corn, although tasty and homemade, lacked any kind of seasoning but the cornbread muffins were light and sweet and really very good. I didn't try the pulled pork but my 3 fellow diners were cooing over how delicious it was so I can't imagine it was anything less than superb.
Bodeans may not be what it used to but it is still a great place to head to for some fun and a few beers. Also great for kids too as they use proper ingredients in their cooking rather than the vile processed hideousness of places like TGI's and other dodgy American-themed chains.