Soul Store West
Time Out says
An American-style hotel, diner and cocktail bar.
Please note, Soul Store West is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink editors, September 2017.
The first thing you notice on walking into Soul Store West, a large, high-ceilinged cocktail bar and restaurant on Kilburn High Road, is that they’ve turned the music up nice and loud. A smooth, summery mix of hip hop, funk and soul (obvs), the playlist feels even better when you’ve got your lips around one of their lovely salt-rimmed margaritas.
The food here is provided by the team behind American smokehouse-style restaurant Chicago Rib Shack, and it was mostly good stuff. Peppery fried chicken strips were a highlight. Also good was a really juicy pulled pork bun. Macaroni cheese was comforting, if a little bland – massively improved when paired with Soul Store West’s zingy, oniony, green side salad. The only real disappointment was a rather rubbery Cajun fried chicken sandwich.
One thing? Soul Store West is a very big space, and that tends to sap a place of atmosphere. That said, I visited early in the week; it’s fair to assume that the closer to the weekend, the better the vibe. And if you have enough of those killer margaritas you’ll doubtless create your own atmosphere.
34 Kilburn High Road
North Maida Vale
|Transport:||Kilburn High Rd Overground|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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