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95 Charlotte Street
Weird and wonderful burgers made from rare-breed beef are the stars inside this unassuming Fitzrovia townhouse. Folksy whitewashed tables and vintage crockery may create a rather twee impression, but Bobo's gut-busting wood-fired patties are anything but dainty. Opinion is divided about the infamous peanut butter version, but we're sold on this plump, sloppy delight topped with maple-cured bacon. If you're feeling flush, £20 will get you the 'Debauchery' – Wagyu beef, Ogleshield cheese, confit shiitake mushrooms, bacon mayo and shaved truffles, all of which prompts one recipient to admit: "I've spent more on a good steak, but it never made me feel like this." Readers also love Bobo's experimental approach and the chance to invent crazy combos – kangaroo with Stilton, perhaps. To drink, we recommend "original" cocktails such as Mary Poppins – a heady mix of Tequila, Aperol, peach, lemon and popping candy.
95 Charlotte Street
020 7636 9310
Goodge Street Tube Station 148m
Warren Street Tube Station 488m
Charlotte Street 80m
Courtauld (U.C.L.) 132m
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Food + drink: 4
Well, sort of both actually.
Our American friends are an odd bunch and match the stuff with jam (which for some reason they call jelly), and even stuff it inside pretzels, but we Brits like to do things in style and anywhere that offers a burger that has cheese, bacon AND peanut butter on it has got to be worth a visit.
Alas, it doesn't work.
It is one of those things where every piece of the puzzle is perfect, but throw them together and it ends up just wrong; so much less than the sum of its parts. The peanut butter is just too cloying for the meats and cheese, but it is worth a stab. Maybe reducing the amount would work, but whilst the dead hippy sauce at Meat Liquor runs encouragingly into the meat's liquor, the peanut butter sits there, smothering everything.
So by all means try the combination, but don't judge the place on it alone, for the burgers are very good. The patties are seared at high temperature over a wood burning grill (the menu tells you what today's wood is: ours was cherry, although I'm not sure that I could have told the difference), so come our seared on the outside, the centre the perfect pink, with myoglobin dripping down your arm, as a good burger should.
Alas, I saw no sign of blonde, lithe, consummate gym-goers that the blogs promised, but we went mid Saturday afternoon and, other than the party that seemed to be roaring in the basement (they do an "experimental" burger making classes on Saturday afternoon), the place was deserted.
The cocktails were so-so, but the beers refreshing and the service attentive without being overbearing.
Up at the wrong end of Charlotte Street, far from the more restaurant laden end towards Oxford Street, and in a crowded space in the market, they need to stand out: peanut butter may not be the answer, but only because "does peanut butter go on a burger?" is the wrong question. So long as they keep experimenting, I will keep going.
Food + drink: 5
My second visit to Bobo and it didn't disapoint. Gathered a mob of burger lovers from work and we all treated ourselves to the Oysters and Ceviche to start and Debaurchery burgers and beef dripping chips. It was outstanding.
£20 it isn't cheap for a burger but the quality of the ingredients(Wagu beef, shitake mushroom, shaved truffle) I'd say it is a bargain.
I've spent more on a good steak but it never made me feel like this.
The coctail bar isn't the biggest but the menu is very original.
Can't wait to go back!
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