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This is a real time-capsule restaurant from 2015: an on-trend, no-bookings pan-Asian/Mexican mash-up, with the emphasis on US street-food riffs and smoky BBQ flavours, co-owned by a chef/musician who studied at Glasgow School of Art. Eating together is the way to go: bag a big table or a high stool at the communal counter. Sadly, the food doesn't quite deliver on its rough-and-ready promise, although we enjoyed what we ate: quesadillas were layered with pokey kimchi, while smoked beef brisket came in a soft bao bun with crunchy cucumber and fried lotus root. We also recommend the sweetly lacquered smoked pork ribs and lamb cutlets in a sticky sauce with sesame seeds and sliced green chillis. Staff have bags of enthusiasm, but the food could do with more oomph by Soho's standards.
Around Christmas/New Years time I usually got a small shovel-load of emails asking me to predict what the restaurant trends for the coming year will be. Putting aside my view that being so beholden to the trends of the day is a sign of a weak mind with no individuality or taste of your own, my answer is usually ‘I don’t know’. If I was prescient and smart enough to spot the next blockbuster eating out trend before it happened, I’d invest in it like crazy and then retire to my beachside winter home in Bora Bora where I can macerate myself in a hot tub of raclette.If I had to stick my neck out though, then...
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Celebrating special occasions is harder to do with a ‘No Reservations’ sort of place – nothing kills a party more than standing outside a restaurant waiting to be let in! So in eager beaver haste, the sister & I rush to Bo Drake on a Friday evening after work to find the place only just gearing up for the night ahead and allowing us our choice of seatings. There’s a cosy little nook at the back suited to groups and dark deeds, but low lighting is Blogger Kryptonite, so I move us right up front where the action is.Service here is so much more than just with a smile...
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East Asian BBQ restaurant Bo Drake opened up in Soho last week serving up traditional Korean dishes with a dash of Mexican apparently…I’m a massive fan of BBQ food so just HAD to check it out. Standout dishes for me were the Brisket Bao with mustard barbecue sauce and pickled cucumber. They were flat compared to the usually fluffy white bao buns but nonetheless packed full of beef brisket slices. Even writing this review days later my mouth is watering! Served alongside a generous dollop of Sriracha sauce I was literally in heaven. I would even consider going back and ordering 3 sets of the same dish…it...
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Bó Drake is an East Asian BBQ restaurant (just a few doors down from 10 Greek Street) that serves an interesting mash up between Korean and Mexican – Korexican if you will. Unlike Jinjuu in Carnaby Street, it does so rather well.Inside it’s very dark and sexy. You can sit at tables in the small dining room out the back but the real fun is to be had at the large bar in the front. Every time I’ve been, which is a few times now, I’ve ended up drinking far too many bottles of Hite beer with shots of Soju; it’s that kind of place...
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These days, London is truly at the culinary crossroads of the world. So much so that some of the Boozybunch have almost eaten our way through the alphabet in the alphabet dining club where we started in a restaurant serving food from a country starting with the letter A, then B, C, D, etcSo perhaps, London does need a Korean/Mexican BBQ restaurant. The brainchild of a colourful pair of chefs, I think they and the media have settled on the term Korexican to describe their food at Bo Drake. By the way, Bo Drake is not related to Bo LondonI walked past the restaurant before they opened and had to shine my phone...
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One of the best things about being a food and travel writer is that you get to explore the world and sample all its flavours. I’ve travelled fairly extensively so far, though that travel wishlist seems to be constantly expanding rather than being ticked off. And there’s one big gap in my travels – I’ve never been to South America.
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Today we&re heading back into the buzz of Soho, to the Soho Square end of Greek Street. Greek Street is famous for its amazingly cosmopolitan selection of restaurants. Along this not-very-long street you will find restaurants serving Hungarian,
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Found in the heart of Soho, Bo Drake is the brainchild of Jan Lee (a former chef de partie at Roka). Bo Drake opened at the start of 2015 and is a modern East Asian restaurant with a Korean-style anju bar. It draws predominantly from Korean and Japanese inspirations with a bit of a European twist thrown in. The result is a contemporary experience that combines, for example, the sweet and pickled influences from Asia with slow-cooked BBQ methods of the West.The interior can be best described as a sleek casual hipster joint, with exposed bricks, pipes and tungsten lamps. The centrepiece is the bar fashioned...
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