Last week saw the soft launch of Dirty Bones’ latest opening in Soho. Upon arriving we patiently join a queue of hungry Londoners outside in the rain. By the time we get to our table, we’ve already waited for over an hour outside and a further half hour inside at the bar, so we are starving! I doubt the wait would usually be this long, but as they were doing 50% off food and this was the opening day of the soft launch, we had no real complaints about the wait.
Whilst waiting at the bar we tried some of their interesting cocktails – I had the Grownup Jaffa (a mix of Mozart chocolate liqueur, tequila, chocolate bitters and orange, finished with a marmalade ice cube) and my partner chooses Mutt’s Nuts (bourbon, cinnamon and vanilla infused maple syrup, Angostura bitters, apple and lemon). The cocktails are tasty and fairly standard prices for Soho at £9.50/£10, though having a few while we waited did bump the price of our bill up considerably!
Inside, it’s dimly lit with quirky decor, making it perfect for a date – although some of the tables are a little cramped. I can’t help but feel that they’d have been better sacrificing a couple of tables for space and comfort’s sake. We are on a table for two along the side bench but are so close to the table next to us that none of us can get out without having to move the table and I feel almost intrusive when our neighbours are having a conversation.
Having only ever been to Dirty Bones for brunch before, I’m excited to try the MacDaddy burger that I keep seeing on Instagram, so we both choose that. We order some Louisiana wings to share to start. They’re okay but small and the sauce is a bit acidic – I don’t know that I’d bother to order it again.
The MacDaddy did not disappoint. If you’re looking for a light, nutritious option – this definitely isn’t it! It’s a sizeable beef burger in a brioche bun with pulled beef, BBQ onion sauce, and of course, mac and cheese. I loved it, but my partner wasn’t so keen. I could see his point – it definitely could be improved with a token slice of lettuce and tomato, just to cut through the heaviness of it but overall I loved it and would definitely order it again. On the side we had truffle cheese fries (just in case our meal wasn’t calorific enough already…) – they were tasty and the truffle wasn’t overpowering.
Understandably I didn’t have room for dessert! Overall, I enjoyed the food and I’d happily return to get the MacDaddy but it wouldn’t be top of my list to rush back to for dinner.
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