Bo Drake Restaurant in Soho
Asian Food in Soho With A Twist
The next time you are in Soho, why not combine your love for slow bbq cooked Americas cuisine and Asian cuisine by visiting Bo Drake on Greek Street. This lovely restaurant offers a tapas style menu perfect for sharing plates with friends. What is great about Bo Drake is you can go in for a quick bite to eat before heading off to the theatre, make a night of it by trying out their extensive cocktail list and food menu, or pop in between 5:30pm and 7pm or 10pm til close to take advantage of their happy hour where their classic cocktails are all two for £12 – bargain.
During our visit we got straight on to the cocktails, trying Lost In Thyme, Amaretto Sour and Dr Jekyll & Hyde. For anyone who likes a sweet and smooth cocktail the Lost In Thyme (vanilla infused vodka) is perfect. The Dr Jekyll & Hyde whiskey based cocktail arrives in a tall glass bottle so you can pour it yourself and experience the mystical dry ice smoking its way out of the bottle. For me, an Amaretto Sour is always a winner.
We decided to share several dishes (the recommended number to share between two is around 5 or 6 dishes) which is one of my favourite ways to dine. From the Small Plates section, we had the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken Wings with soy garlic, grape and rosemary), the Pork Belly Bao (confit new Hampshire pork belly, with pickled cucumber and soy glazed peanuts), the evening’s special crispy fried salmon Kimbap (Korean sushi) and the Bulgogi beef sliders.
The Korean Fried Chicken was super crispy and tender and definitely a recommendation. Bao buns are currently one of my favourite foods and the Pork Belly Bao did not disappoint – great soft fluffy texture for the bao and flavoursome pork without being too fatty. From the Meats section we had the Bo Ssam (smoked pulled pork, ssamjang, spring onion oil, lettuce and kimchi) and from the sides we had the sweet potato fries. The Bo Ssam was a great dish where you take some of the pulled pork, wrap it in the lettuce and dip it in one of the sauces. The flavours and textures went really well together and was a fun dish to share too – be warned that one of the sauces is rather hot! We really wanted to try the much talked about Miso Galzed Baby Back Ribs but they were all out – so a good reason to return another time.
Bo Drake is great restaurant within the hustle and bustle of vibrant central London. The atmosphere is stylish but relaxed and the staff are so friendly and passionate about the menu, recommending their favourite dishes and cocktails to us, which always makes the dining experience more enjoyable.
East London Girl: Bo Drake