Bunny Bar

Restaurants , South African Soho
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Bunny Bar

This quick-fix lunch spot has taken fusion to a new level with new-fangled spins on South African bunny chow - Durban’s comforting curry-in-a-loaf staple.

This quick-fix open all-week spot has taken fusion to a new level with new-fangled spins on South African bunny chow - Durban’s comforting curry-in-a-loaf staple. After selling bunnies from a food truck and then a pop-up in Shoreditch, the team who set up Bunnychow have switched its allegiance and turned the dial down low on its South African roots.  The chilli-flecked mutton curry has gone, and in its place is a globetrotting choice of wacky fillings - haddock chowder, Cumberland sausage and blue cheese, and even an all-day English breakfast. We’re missing the masala, the mess, and the chilli kicks. 

By Roopa Gulati

Venue name: Bunny Bar
Contact:
Address: 74 Wardour St
London
W1F 0TE ‎
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
Price: Meal for two: around £16.
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4.3 / 5

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Gin

Writing this review to say that Bunnychow Soho has closed -which is a shame because it was a real treat in soho with nothing else quite like it in the area. The website says they will be popping up in future so maybe there’s hope for it to do the truck scene like in the early days. Keep an eye out, if you get a chance you must try it!

Bebe
Tastemaker

Looking at the name of this place, I thought it would involve lots of salad. But instead, it's a typical Durban (South Africa) food which is a hollowed out bread roll, filled with some curry, then topped with some garnish. It's very cheap, £5 for any choice of Bunny Chow. I had the brioche loaf, filled with mutton curry, and topped with nachos, then it's served with a side of house pickle salad. Apparantly there are two types of eaters: the ones who eat the edges first, or the ones that scoop out the curry to eat, then eat the bread. I was the latter, and the bread at the bottom was moist and delicious, tasting of the curry. I did try the Bobotie meatball side, but I wouldn't recommend it, the taste leaves a negative memory...

Alexandra L
Tastemaker

Hollowed out bread filled with gorgeous stuff. That, in a deliciously carb-laden nutshell, is the essence of Bunnychow, an awesome place that fully delivers when your dietary requirements are food that's fast but great, cheap but quality and served with the sort of laid back vibe that provides a welcomely chilled respite from the frantic Soho streets outside. 


With each hollowed out loaf being roughly the height of a tin of beans and maybe a smidgen chunkier - probably still carrying a little Ross Geller holiday weight - the concept is simply this; pick your loaf, pick your filling, pick your side, pick your drink. Oh, and get change from a £10 note. Remember the last time THAT happened in Soho? Do you?


No. Me neither.


Bread choices range from a standard white, to wholemeal, with gluten free and brioche options also there for the picking. Filling wise, the 'Chow gives you 5 bunnies to choose from; the classic Durban mutton curry or spicy chakalaka chicken, both of which come with tropical mango chutney & creamily cool raita; a bang-on-trend-for-the-carnivores pulled pork bunny smothered in Bunnychow's own Piri Piri sauce; an equally-bang-on-trend-but-this-time-for-the-vegetarians cauliflower, chickpea & potato bunny with spicy Durban sauce and lastly, the Full English. The chakalaka bunny came topped with shards of crispy poppadom and a side of Geerly's rice was warm, sweet, fragrantly spiced and as always, the perfect partner to curry.


I would say I can't even tell you how gorgeous this was but let's be honest, that would make me one pretty flawed reviewer. The chicken was the kind of moreish that makes every mouthful a treat to devour and the contrast of warm crust was splendid against soft meat & delicate poppodum while the thick & sweet chutney was greedily-gobbled-down delicious.


The value of this place for a filling and packed-full-of-flavour dinner is wickedly good and unsurprisingly, it's the reason Bunnychow has constantly found itself on 'best cheap eat' lists since 2013. All bunnies are £5 or less, all sides are £1, snacks such as chilli biltong are £2 and not only was the cost outstanding, I was never once rushed to finish despite it being fast food; there was a laid back buzz in the air with diners ranging from groups of friends to date nights to businessmen making sure their ties stayed out of their overflowing bunnies.


Bunnychow's motto is 'if it tastes good, cram it in', a sentiment I am somewhat familiar with given that it also appears to be my ethos for the relationship between all food everywhere and my very own stomach and there's no denying that given the chance, I'll be back again and again. 

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

This place is never going to get 5* from me due to the type of restaurant - quick food, collected from the counter - but for what it is it is great! A choice of 3 types of bread hollowed out and stuffed with a filling of your choice - sounds odd? Well it tastes bladdy brilliant! My bf and I went here after some early evening shopping and fancied something quick and cheap. For only £5 you get a lot of food and especially a lot of meat. We ordered the pulled pork in brioche and the curried mutton in white. The latter definitely being the best so would recommend! Comes with a little coleslaw, mango chutney and poppadoms on top and is so filling! If I worked closer I would definitely get one of these for a lunch time treat. Recommend for work lunches, on the go dinners and cheap weekend snacks! Will definitely be back and looking forward to trying their other fillings!