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BBQ Burnt Ends & Pulled Pork Combo – Bodean’s

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There’s something glamorous about food served on a tray. As in, directly ON the tray. This is both an ecological and entertaining way to eat, and it gives you significantly more real estate to spread your filth and sauces. Who needs plates anyways?

bbq pulled pork burnt ends soho london food

Not me, for sure. Specially when it’s all about getting down and dirty, and nothing screams dirty as some good, old fashioned American BBQ. Which is exactly what Bodean’s excels at. Don’t be fooled by the sudden appearance of Bodean’s shops everywhere. These guys really do know their meat from their pork, their BBQ sauce from their, ehm, spicy BBQ sauce. And they can make a mean meal.

bbq pulled pork burnt ends soho london food

And with a diverse menu of sticky delicacies, how could I possibly choose between Burnt Ends and Pulled Pork? Why can’t I have both? Wait. I can? Seriously? Good lord in heaven! This is one happy day! Add in some coleslaw and bountiful chips, and I’m sold.

 

Slimy? No matter how sticky it already comes, you’re going to douze it in more BBQ sauce anyways

Satisfying? A good BBQ is a good BBQ. This is an excellent one.

 

Bodean’s
10 Poland St, London W1F 8PZ
http://bodeansbbq.com/
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bibimbap spicy pork soho korean food

BiBimBap – Spicy Pork Bibimbap

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Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah
Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du, yeah

Sorry about that. But when reading BiBimBap, the name of this Korean chain and also apparently one of Korea’s famous dishes, all that comes to mind is Mmmbop, Hanson’s ode to joy and happiness.

bibimbap spicy pork soho korean food

It’s tough for anything, let alone a dish, to be as good and timeless as Mmmbop. But BiBimBap’s Spicy Pork Bibimbap comes close. Marinated pork strips, with assorted veggies, eggs, on top of rice, and all in a very hot stone based bowl, this is a Korean delight. Plus, it’s stays warm no matter how long it takes you to eat it! Magic!

bibimbap spicy pork soho korean food

So, is it better than Mmmbop? Probably not. But nothing is better than Mmmbop. Then again, you can’t eat a song. So this will do just fine.

 

Slimy? Only because you’ll eat it with chopsticks and make a mess. Nobody really knows how to eat with chopsticks.

Satisfying? Bibimbap, ba duba dop!

 

BiBimBap
11 Greek St, London W1D 4DJ
http://bibimbapsoho.co.uk/
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Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

Wong Kei – Braised Pork Belly

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Customer service in London restaurants is pretty bad. Not horrible, mind you, but it just seems like nobody tries hard enough. And then there’s a place like Wong Kei, that not only doesn’t try, it actually has a reputation for poor service. So of course I had to put it to the test.

Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

My kind of ying and yang

In the busiest part of Chinatown, Wong Kei stands with a remarkably sterile environment, which clearly shows that this place is all about the food and nothing else. Fine by me! So when the waitress finally showed up (it took a while), I ordered me some Braised Pork Belly over rice. Unsurprisingly, it came with nary a thank you or anything, and we were even told off for asking to change something from the menu.

Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

Look at the steam on this picture!

Now, let’s be clear. The food was unbelievably good. The pork incredibly tender, with a perfect sauce, over oodles of rice. It’s authentic cuisine, the kind that is hard to find in Chinatown, and you can tell it’s good by just looking at the clientele. The fact that it’s in the middle of tourist-town boggles me, but I don’t make the rules.

Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

So much deliciousness should be illegal

Does great food change with poor service? No. Does that matter? Not really. Will I be back for more? Absolutely.

 

Slimy? A huge portion bathed in sumptuous sauce. Very sticky. Very good.

Satisfying? Pork so tender you can break it with chopsticks. Which is all you’ll get at this place (don’t you DARE ask for a fork)

 

Wong Kei
43 Wardour St, London W1D 6PY
http://wongkeilondon.com/
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Misato - Chicken Katsu Teriyaki fried chicken japanese chinatown

Misato – Chicken Katsu Teriyaki

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Here’s a challenge for you. Try to find a cheap place in London’s Chinatown. Done? OK, now try to find one that’s also delicious. Not so easy now, ah?

Even though it might be cheating a bit, considering Misato is, after all, a Japanese spot, it’s not like Chinatown has many authentic Chinese places to begin with. And really, who cares. With dishes that are below £6, like this huge and delicious Chicken Katsu Teriyaki one, you won’t care either. The place might not look fancy, but that’s irrelevant. It’s Chinatown after all. You’re here for the food, and nothing else.

Misato - Chicken Katsu Teriyaki fried chicken japanese chinatown

Look close into the Teriyaki void

A deliciously katsu-style fried chicken, with an incredibly gooey teriyaki sauce, and served with enough rice to topple an empire, this one doesn’t just qualify as a great deal in Chinatown, it might very well be the BEST deal, period. Oh, and it has salad as well. In case you care about health and stuff.

Misato - Chicken Katsu Teriyaki fried chicken japanese chinatown

Teriyaki air view

So go ahead. The challenge stands. I shall keep looking, but chances are, I’ll just keep coming back to Misato.

 

Slimy? A teriyaki pool of gooey awesomeness. Handle chopsticks with care

Satisfying? Immense taste for a non immense value. Just perfect

 

Misato
11 Wardour St, London, W1D 6PG
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Chicken Shop - Half Chicken roast chicken holborn

Chicken Shop – Half Chicken

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There’s nothing wrong with Nando’s. Absolutely nothing. So if people around you claim they don’t like it, just assume they’re snobs . Or chicken snobs. So clearly when I show up at Nando’s and… Wait a second. This isn’t Nando’s. This looks different. WHAT SORCERY IS THIS?!

Chicken Shop - Half Chicken  roast chicken holborn

Aerial view of the feast

It’s Chicken Shop. Call it upper class Nando’s. Call it posh chicken. Call it whatever you want. Truth is, they make some outstandingly yummy chicken, all roasted in front of your very eyes.

Chicken Shop - Half Chicken  roast chicken holborn

The Feast!

Choose size (half chicken is a good size to share), sides (fries and coleslaw can do no harm) and smother it with some tangy and spicy sauces, and you’ve got one seriously tender,  very un-Nando’s like chicken. Your call if that’s a good or a bad thing.

 

Slimy? Once it’s bathed in the glory of the sauces, it will be.

Satisfying? Chicken is always good. This chicken is better than good.

 

Chicken Shop
199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD (and other locations)
http://www.chickenshop.com/
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Kati Roll Company - Chicken Tikka Roll paratha bread soho indian

Kati Roll Company – Chicken Tikka Roll

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Who’s Kati? And what is she rolling? Good question. My investigation gave me no answers, but at least I’ve found out that, whoever Kati is, she makes one heck of a great meal.

Kati Roll Company - Chicken Tikka Roll paratha bread soho indian

Rolled in a cozy and warm paratha

The Kati Roll Company in Poland St. is the second branch of a New York establishment, serving delicious Indian meals rolled in even more delicious paratha wraps. Ranging from the tikkas to the masalas, there’s a wide range of Indian inspired fillings for your choosing.

Kati Roll Company - Chicken Tikka Roll paratha bread soho indian

Two is better than one

For me, it’s always about the Chicken Tikka, and since getting two of the same gets you a better deal, then two of the same it is. With funky yoghurt and spices, this chicken roll is truly special, and way better than just saying it’s an “Indian burrito”. And the bread is magnificent, perfectly covering the fillings and adding even more spices to the flavour.

Kati Roll Company - Chicken Tikka Roll paratha bread soho indian

All fits in one bite!

All in all, here’s a place that’s quick, tasty, cheap and cool. That’s all Kati ever aspired to be, and that’s what she has achieved.

 

Slimy? These paratha rolls are glossy. So get napkins.

Satisfying? Don’t call it an Indian burrito. This is far better than that.

 

Kati Roll Company
24 Poland St, London W1F 8QL
http://www.thekatirollcompany.com/
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Patty and Bun – Smokey Robinson burger cheeseburger soho food

Patty and Bun – Smokey Robinson

Burgertown

By Odin’s beard! Did you hear? Patty & Bun have opened a new branch, now in glamorous (OK, NOT-so-glamorous) Soho! Rejoice, everyone, for one of the best burgers in London is officially EVERYWHERE!

Patty and Bun – Smokey Robinson burger cheeseburger soho food

This one leaves a path of destruction

Now, that may have sounded like sarcasm, but trust me, it isn’t (maybe just a tiny bit). Their Ari Gold burger is an institution, so one would expect their other offerings to be reasonably good. They aren’t just good. They are excellent.

Patty and Bun – Smokey Robinson burger cheeseburger soho food

Spewing its entrails

The Smokey Robinson, which happens to be even slimier than the Ari Gold, is an attack on all your burger senses. With its trademarked Smokey P&B Mayo and oodles of caramelised onions, this outstanding beauty of a burger will drip, ooze and leave a mark wherever your hands move. You’ll want to lick your hands for weeks after experiencing this winner of a hamburger.

Patty and Bun – Smokey Robinson burger cheeseburger soho food

Pink means tasty. True story.

Is it good that Patty & Bun keeps expanding? If they keep it as tasty as it still is, we can only hope it does. I need walking distance Patty & Bun, pronto.

 

Slimy? Incredibly so. It’s just remarkably drippy. Where does it all ooze from!?

Satisfying? Every bite you take, every move you make, I’ll be eating you (you have to sing that)

 

Patty & Bun
18 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TN
http://pattyandbun.co.uk/
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Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

Circus Bros – Spanish Tortilla “Sandwich”

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Food is awesome. In general. And when you find something awesome, you know what makes it even better? A sandwich. Make it a sandwich. Spanish tortillas (AKA Spanish omelets) are awesome. So of course someone is going to go ahead and make them a sandwich.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

Sandwiched in!

In an incredible achievement in food engineering not seen since the creation of the KFC Double Down (you don’t want to try that, trust me), the geniuses behind Berwick St. and Camden markets stall Circus Bros have taken two expertly made tortillas, and put ingredients between them. And the results are, predictably, glorious.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

A beautiful pairing

Asking the cook which one is the more popular one, he recommends the manchego cheese and chorizo one. Can’t be more Spanish than that, and fork and knife in hand (you probably don’t want to try to hold this one with your hands) I dug in. And wowza. Plus, they serve it with some garlic bread. Garlic bread rocks. Always.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

Now that’s awhat I call a midsection

Never will I look at tortillas the same way again. Or at sandwiches for that matter. Maybe this should become a trend. Replace buns with tortillas? I’m up for that to happen. Let’s MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

In for a closer look…

 

Slimy? A tortilla already has eggs and potato. Adding cheese and chorizo will not make it any cleaner

Satisfying? I could only imagine one of these with a burger in between tortillas… A man can dream!

 

Circus Bros
At Berwick St. and Camden markets (I tried Berwick)
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Honest Burgers – Rib Man Special

Burgertown

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the greatest fight of the century, for the Slimy Yet Satisfying Heavyweight Championship (emphasis on the heavy… I’m certainly adding some kilos). On the red corner, we have Honest Burgers, with their always delicious beef and incredible chips. On the blue corner, we have The Rib Man’s perfect and delicate pork rib-meat and the (spicy as the depths of hell) Holy F**k sauce. It’s gonna be one hell of a fight, so let’s see who wins when…

Honest Burgers - Rib Man Special pork rib burger cheeseburger the rib man

Is it weird that I think this looks cute?

Hey, what are you guys doing? You’re hugging? Awwwww. So no fighting then? Just a very tender, perfectly match hug? It’s a match made in heaven! Two of the best brands in London food (and I should know, there’s previous articles for both on this blog) get together to create this insanely delicious burger, which will make you wonder why don’t they just go ahead and merge brands, so this doesn’t remain a one-off and is added to the menu FOREVER.

Enough said, get it while supplies last. Otherwise, I guess you can always smuggle some ribs to Honest when they change the special…

 

Slimy? Never seen my hands shine as much as they did after this delicious monstrosity.

Satisfying?.And the winner is… ME.

 

Honest Burgers
4 Meard St, London W1F 0EF (and all over the UK)
http://www.honestburgers.co.uk/
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Benito's Hat - Grilled Steak Burrito Mexican Food Fast Food

Benito’s Hat – Grilled Steak Burrito

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Aluminum foil. That ever important piece of clothing for comfort food around the globe. At first sight of someone holding something covered on it, we know the contents already. It has to be something warm. Something portable. Something delicious.

Benito's Hat - Grilled Steak Burrito Mexican Food Fast Food

Miss Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?

Burritos always come this way, pretty much anywhere you go. But it takes skill to roll burritos as large as the ones rolled at Benito’s Hat. Going for the large one makes for a massive trip to good old Mexico, and if you go with the Grilled Steak option, and add some of that hot salsa, and the always important guacamole (avocados make the world go round!) your hunger will be more than satisfied.

Benito's Hat - Grilled Steak Burrito Mexican Food Fast Food

So much beauty in such a compact space

As you slowly undress the foil off of this beautiful Mexican treat, all sorts of feelings will rush through your body. And all sorts of sauces will run through your face. What a delightful romance.

 

Slimy? It’s a burrito. If it doesn’t drip, it’s not a real burrito.

Satisfying? Big and hot, you’ll enjoy undressing this beauty…

 

Benito’s Hat
390 Kingsland Rd, London E8 2AA
http://benitos-hat.com/
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