Bó Drake

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Venue says Our lamb cutlets are a new addition to the menu - one of life's gastronomic pleasures.

An East Asian barbecue restaurant and Anju bar from Roka alumnus Jan Lee.

‘Korexican’ sounds like a kitchen-worktop material, or a sicko’s name for a drug used in treating eating disorders. In fact it means Korean + Mexican, and some people – at least 20, I’m sure – think it’s going to be a big food trend.

Bó Drake, in theory an example of the trend, prefers to call itself an ‘East Asian barbecue restaurant’ – much more accurate. It could also be called an American/Asian fusion restaurant, having elements in common with David Chang’s Momofuku group in New York and the Kogi ‘taco trucks’ (Mexican tacos, but with Korean-style meats) set up in Los Angeles by Seoul-born Roy Choi.

While the Mexican connection is indisputable, the dominant palate at this no-reservations restaurant is Korean. And the flavours are splashed on with vigour. To eat here is to surf on wave after wave of umami flavours.

Three meat dishes were sensationally good: long-smoked brisket served in a bao (soft bun) with tangy relishes; smoked pork ribs in a finger-licking pear sauce; chargrilled rib-eye (served rare as requested) with miso butter. Kimchi quesadillas were a surprisingly subtle starter, mild cheese in a crisp tortilla sauced with poblano cream. Pan-fried cauliflower came with a smoky mushroom purée. Salty, crunchy sweet potato fries (served with kimchee mayonnaise) were irresistible. The waves of flavour are incessant, but incessant in the most pleasurable way possible.

There’s a big communal table at the front and smaller tables, dimly lit, at the back. The decor is the legally mandated industrial-steel-and-concrete-meet-rustic-wood. Service was charming, though it lagged a little in the early stages. There’s a reasonably priced cocktail list, original drinks and classics; a martini was good, but a Bramble was an epic fail. Wines are few in number and fair in price, but this kind of food is better with draught beer (Brooklyn Lager or Camden Pale Ale).

So: what do you call Bó Drake’s cooking? My answer: who gives a damn? It’s the food, not the label, that matters.

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Bó Drake says
Bó Drake is an East-Asian restaurant. Our food is modern and bright, combining sweet and pickled influences from East Asia alongside slow-cooked BBQ methods from the Americas and Europe.
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By: Richard Ehrlich


Venue name: Bó Drake
Address: 6 Greek Street
Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-2.30pm & 5.30-11pm; Fri noon-2.30pm & 5.30pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-9pm
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £85.
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Pete S
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What an excellent experience. I love asian food and this did not disappoint. There was a unique take on everything we tried from a family known Korean receipt for the steak sauce, asian based drinks I hadn't tried and all good value. I will be going again.

1 of 1 found helpful

Met a colleague here after work. Started off with the Royston while I waited-- fantastic although I accidentally got cinnamon (I think that was on top) when I breathed a bit to heavily near my drink! :)

We had the eel smoked pork belly ravioli as a starter-- fantastically moist and delicious. For our mains we had duck bao (2 per portion), kimchee, pulled pork, and the aubergine. The highlight was (for me) the bao and aubergine. Cooked perfectly, the pork tasting juicy and smokey, and the bao nice and fluffy-- melted in your mouth. 

Awesome location, although was a tad loud in there!

Lynne L
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Lovely food lovely service. This is our second visit. Definitely recommend it.

Joseph R
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we loved it. my friend and I had the pulled pork, the slow-cooked ribs and the onglet steak and and some sweet potato fries. it was all excellent with rapid service. sticky and unctuous, the ribs were moreish and i didn't want the pulled pork tacos to end. and you have to try the kimchi mayo - so good!


Lots of Asian/BBQ fusion goodness can be found at Bo Drake. I would recommend lots of small bites so as to taste as much as possible!

The pork belly bao, miso baby ribs and samjang smoked chicken were the best dishes we had.

It’s quite a compact little restaurant, warm modern décor and the staff were nice; let us have our table an hour longer than we were meant to.

Richard N

Asian fusion food is always a bit of a toss up, but I think Bo Drake has pretty much got the formula down. Inspired by a mix of Korean, Japanese and even...Italian food? It sounds like a bit of a hodgepodge thrown together at first. But one bite of their king scallop of a fried bed of saffron rice and I was in heaven - soft, fresh seafood goes super well with crunchy, flavoursome rice, and their fried squid with sriracha mayo had the two of us fighting over the last tentacle. My mate tried their pulled pork, which I personally wasn't a fan of, but I tried their Squid Ink Risotto that used Sushi Rice, and I was an instant fan of how the unique flavour of squid ink seeped in so well with the slightly hard sushi rice, which added its own flavour layers into the mix. There's even bits of squid in the dish (yes, I bloody love squid) and I felt perfectly satisfied after my meal. Would definitely come back again, and as a Time Out Black member, this is definitely one of the big reasons why you should invest in a membership. Great job Bo Drake! 

Elena Ferrario

I went on a Friday night with a couple of friends and although the place was really busy we didn't have to wait long for a table. I loved the Korean-Mexican fusion of dishes - the wings and the bao were delicious. Great selection of cocktails too! Defenitely one of my favourite places in Soho.

Jack B

Went out to bo drakes recently. Service was excellent and the food itself was really delicious. Will be coming back.

Sheena J

Loved lunch and cocktail here! The menu is great for sharing. The staff are lovely and welcoming. Cannot fault it (other than there not being more of a vegetarian selection..!) Brilliant overall and will definitely be going again.

Stefania R

Great atmosphere, smart casual and very nice service. We tried only fish or vegetarian recipes and all was delicious (kimchi & ricotta gyoza, black sushi risotto, spicy crispy squid, something amazing with artichokes but I can't recall the name!). No disappointment with desserts and wine either. I'm happy to have tried this place with the time out black as otherwise I would have found it a bit pricey for the quantity of food eventually.

Elizabeth P

I've been excited about visiting this restaurant for so long and am thrilled to say it did not disappoint. It's only small but has a great atmosphere and was busy without feeling rammed. Staff warned of a slight delay with orders but thanks to the cocktail menu I hardly noticed. Although my credit card wasn't too keen on me knocking them back. The staff, I should mention, were perfect - friendly and helpful without being too attentive.

Food wise I have to start with the wings. Crispy. Properly crisply. In a fruity sticky glaze. The best KFC I've had in a long time.

The beef sliders were meaty and juicy with tangy mayo and made a great change to the bao. Not that we didn't also have the pork bao. It's impossible to resist bao. They were good but the other meat dishes trumped them here.

Veg wise we had the sweet potato noodles which made a nice change to the standard noodle dishes on offer. The kimchi pancake is basically a mini pizza. It was cheesy and spicy and doughy and a revelation.

All the food was perfectly balanced in flavours and well presented. I can't say anything bad about this place. Yes I get 50% off food with my my time out black card, but all that means is that I can order more food. I can't wait to find an excuse to go back and try the other dishes on the menu.

Lydia C

Went for lunch yesterday, food was amazing, what a lovely little find. Will definitely be dinning here again. 

Debra  Stein

Loved dinner at Bo Drake. Service was great, cocktails were potent and the food was excellent. We shared the kimchi and mushroom gyoza, steak tartare with salmon caviar, duck tataki, beetroot and sweet potato fries (plus quite a few cocktails!). Everything was delicious but the duck was the absolute star of the selections.

With Time Out Black it was unbelievable value and I will be back in a heartbeat

Luke A

Amazing food! had the ribs, crispy squid, sweet potato fries and wings (oh, the wings - so good). portions are small, perfect for sharing. best thing about the place is the service, really attentive and friendly staff. Prices are decent, a little too decent considering how good the food is. Would definitely go again!

Michael B

Bo Drake was my first stop after getting my Time Out Black membership and it was brilliant for the most part. KFC (Korean fried chicken) was some of the best I've ever had and black sushi rice risotto was different and great. Slightly less impressed by the roasted beetroot dish, but menu had plenty of interesting options to choose from.


Thanks to the Time Out Card I went to Bo Drake's for dinner last night and was really surprised. I usually spend more time at the bars in Soho.

The staff was great and helpful and we managed to try quite a bit of the menu - I am a huge fan of sharing platters, which is sometimes hard if you are a vegetarian, but it was so easy this time and everybody was happy.

I loved the sweet potatoes and the kimchi pancake - and it is not yet another interpretation of fusion food.

It's a great place even if you have a limited time frame, despite being busy at one point we did not have to wait long for our orders.

Laura H

The food here really is outrageously good - I was waiting to go back and try again to make sure it wasn't a fluke, but they came through on round 2!

First time round, had pork belly bao, the omelette, KFC wings and sweet potato fries between two. All great, but the bao were mind blowing (two different waitresses recommended the wings and they're obviously a "flagship" menu item, but I was more impressed by the bao.)

Went back spontaneously last night as a group of 4 for a late dinner and we all raved - I was too full to try my friend's ribs but from the look on her face they were damn good, and everyone had a mix of different sides, small plates, etc. Can't remember everything but it was all great apart from the rice cakes which were a strange texture and bit spicier than expected - if you like a good hot kick to your snacks then you'll probably like them.

The bao were just as incredible second time round - definitely best I've had in London - and the kimchi mayo that comes on the sweet potato fries is SO SO GOOD. 

I agree with previous comments that this is best for 2 or 4 people, can't see a bigger group working so well as the restaurant is quite narrow and not sure where you'd fit.

50% off with time out black meant our bill was only £55 for 4 people to have a ton of top notch food - not including drinks other than 1 beer, so obviously that would hike up a bit otherwise.

They were serving food until about 10 last night as it was quiet, so do call ahead to check if you're going outside normal dinner hours (i.e. after 9pm).

Can't wait to go back!

Elliott B

Time Out Black Card comes through so consistently! Always such lovely places to eat. The food was incredible, the service was lovely. I'd highly recommend the duck and the pork belly. Both were unnusal and delicious.

Matilda Egere-Cooper

I recently popped in  on my lunch break  as the food is 50% with my Time Out Card - and it didn't disappoint. The Samjang smoked chicken with the brown butter mash was very tasty, although I would've swapped the smidgen of chicken liver that came with it for some sort of veg. It wasn't a terrible accompaniment, but a little odd. As for the spot itself, it's really cosy and I'd describe it as smart casual. It definitely feels like a fancy option for lunch, but it'd be a great pick for a lovely night out. I'm going back for the pork belly bao! 

Karolina Muczacza

Decided to try this place out without setting high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised the food is delicious. 

We have tried two cocktails - negroni and margarita - both were excellent. The food is meant to share, you can choose from small dishes and different mains - we took two small plates and one main and were absolutely satisfied with the amount of food. We had KFC, ribs and pork bellies - from other reviews, I could see that many people went for the same selection - nNot without a good reason!

The meat is crispy, well seasoned and delicious. Highly recommendable for a dinner for two or tasty lunch - not that good for bigger groups but maybe that is why it feels so cozy. 

Staff Writertastemaker

Sweet and small restaurant in heart of soho. First impressions were great because they have one of those heavy circular curtains around the door (Polpo always do it and that nice pub opposite Beyond Retro I always forget the name of) anyway I think its a real class move so was immediately excited.

So then food- we had a set menu for a large group lunch so hard to comment on prices and portions as I know this varies in these situations but we had waaaay too much food, in a good way. If I was navigating the menu in a smaller group Id advise going for lots of the starter/small plates the chicken wings and sticky pork bao buns were absolutely super and a meal in themselves. The ribs could have been meatier but the flavour was sweet and messy- perfect!

Recommend this little joint, imagine they'll expand but right now better for smaller groups as they dont have the space to seat large groups on one table- who cares, splitting the bill is much easier with less people!

Katie B

I had a great experience at Bó Drake, food was fresh, delicious and there was loads of it! Particularly enjoyed the ribs and the KFC. Will definitely be going back. 

Anthony H
Staff Writer

Loved this place. Torn between the KFC and Bao buns as which was the best, so tasty. but the whole experience was great. Looking forward to going back 

Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

I went with a group of people and we had almost one of everything from the menu and nothing disappointed. My favourite was the pork bao bun, my least favourite were the ribs. I am planning on taking my husband and as it's around the corner from the office and has an offer on Time Out Black, I might even sneak in for a cheeky decadent  lunch from time to time.

Ros A

Very much enjoyed my first experience at Bo Drake. It's an unassuming place in Soho that you could easily walk past without noticing and it's not clear from the outside what kind of food or vibe might be within. We had a set menu with lots of sharer plates and it was quite scrumptious. The pork belly bun in particular as well as the Korean Fried Chicken were favourites, but almost all of my colleagues had different opinions on what they thought was best. 

Service was good and the food was some of the best I've had in recent months. I'd return for sure. 

Violet M

Visited Bo Drake before going to the theatre one night. We ate rather quickly, as we were running a bit late, but in the 10 minutes that we chowed down - oh. my. lord. The food was DIVINE. I am absolutely going back, for a longer and more enjoyable experience, to actually savor the food. 

We decided to go for a few small plates and ordered the KimBap, the Pork Belly Bao, Bugogi Beef Sliders, Spicy Crispy Squid and a bowl of steamed rice. 

In my opinion, the KimBap can be ignored. It was fine, but not as flavorful as the other dishes. The pork belly bao was my favorite. Perfectly roasted (grilled? I don’t know what they do?) pork belly wrapped in some kind of wrap, with a perfectly paired sauce. It was incredible and I would definitely order one of these all to myself.. or two. The spicy crispy squid was perfect for me - a nice spice, but not too much. And surprisingly, the rice was incredibly flavorful. Normally rice is just a filler. I don’t know what they do to it, but it was delicious.

Dianne H

Always lost for a cosy joint in Soho that offers the right amount of candle light mixed with Korean-Mexican inspired food, and Bo Drake nails it. Sounding like a cross between a rapper and Drakes's Asian cousin, the menu is small but concise. The waitress explained that the best way of dining for 2 people is to order a main with two smalls and a side if needed...we did all of the former with a bottle of wine and had a lovely meal.

The KFC chicken and pulled poor bao buns are definitely something to write home (on time out) about as the flavours were awesome. The main meal of pulled pork maybe not so much. No idea why they serve it on a massive bed of lettuce which just gets in the way. Would be way better value if it came with the sweet potato fries instead of extra in my opinion. If I was returning I would go for more of the small dishes as these have banging flavour and seem better value for money.

Dinner for 2 with wine will set you back around £55 + tip.

Make sure you specify a table at the back if you don't mind hanging out at the bar too.

Maggie W
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Decent food, but had some strange pop music playing that didn't go with the décor or atmosphere at all! Sort of ruined it for me.

Alex C

This restaurant is incredible. The servers are smiley and eager to help and serve you. The cocktails were very good and the starters where amazing! You must absolutely have the pork belly bao (still haven't found a better bao in london) and the kimchi pancake. Both were truly amazing. The main courses weren't as impressive in my opinion which is a shame given the strong start to the meal. However I would definitely go back. It was a lovely experience in a cool decor with good drinks and good food. Would definitely recommend. 

Lizzie W

Great restaurant that serves a lotta tasty meat (Blending Asian cuisine with US-style smoking, this minimalist joint serves BBQ with a twist)

They have a few starters and sides on their menu which look ok but it is mainly meat and as we went for my bf birthday that is literally all we had (apart from some kimchi and a bit of lettuce on the side).
We went for the duck bao, half rack of ribs, pork chops and bo ssam (pulled pork type thing).
Everything was good. Highly recommend chops and bo ssam, ribs weren't anything out of this world. 
I also got their famous smokey cocktail, watching it being prepped was cool but for £12 I didn't rate it. Very strong!
We were seated at the bar but as it was lovely outside moved on to the few small seats outside which was lovely.
A must for dinner in soho!

Alex H

Fantastic restaurant in Soho. The food was delicious. We shared the Bao buns, sweet potato fries, kimchee pancake and pulled pork. All dishes came at once and were very tasty. I really like the Korexican concept.

Victor C

Poor food, the kitchen tried to do too much but failed. For 2 person we ordered the pull pork bao(acceptable), slow-cooked ribs(nothing special), kimchee ravioli(tasteless), sweet potato fries(again, not the best) and the chorizo kale (super salty). There are just more options out there, not worth it, I will not visit again.

Daisy H

Loved this place every time I've been. A strange mix of food but all of it was incredible, really flavorsome and most enjoyable. The bill can add up quite quickly you order a lot of littler things, but the portions are actually really generous. The cocktails were also delicious and seems like a lot of thought goes into them.

ben l

Absolutely delicious. Came here for a friends birthday and we all had a great night. Delicious food, amazing cocktails and fun music. Will be coming back.  

Jojo R

Fantastic little place in Soho. Stumbled across this place by accident, tucked away from the main tourist areas. Great cocktails and delicious sharing plates. We had the Bao, KFC and Sliders, all so good. Staff warm and friendly. Would definitely  recommend.

Haobin T

Most awful food I have ever had!

Starter: beef togne tastes like jelly! No taste no flavour!

KFC, worst than the kfc scandal in China! Besides sugary, there is nothing else!

Main: pulled pork, come on! You ruin it! No spice no flavour just sugar again!

Poussin, I can't taste anything at all!

And all these came with a whopping 60 pounds! For someone from Roka came with these shit ideas, it is a disgrace!

Please think before you make your decision to come eat here!

Staff Writer

Met at Bo Drake for lunch, having heard good things about it and wan't disappointed. Waitress gave great recommendation, including not to over order as we could have eaten the whole menu when reading it. The pulled pork was superb. The only down side was when asked did we mind in what order the food came and we said no, it all turned up in 5 mins from first to last dish. 

Alex Plim
moderatorStaff Writer

Warning: try not to over order at Bó Drake, though it's very easily done. The dishes here are big and deeply satisfying, and it's difficult to choose between them. The East Asian flavours are all vibrant and enticing, and they're worked into dishes like ribs and sweet potato fries to great effect. We were advised by a friend not to go for the buns – only because Bao, nearby, does them better than anyone else – but otherwise the whole menu is a treat.

We sat at the bar on our visit, giving the meal a fun and animated vibe – I recommend it.

Lise M

A friend and I had a lovely evening at Ba Drake a couple of weeks ago. The restaurant is very small and cosy with a very friendly staff. They take the time to go through their signature dishes as well as today's specials. We ordered several dishes to share as the KFC, Smoked Duck Bao, Wild Mushroons toats...The food was great but the portions were small than expected. I would certainly going back for a light afterwork dinner. 

Nadia G

Very disappointing; nice place with nice staff, but the pork ribs where dry, actually so was our starter and everything else.  

Sarah G

So in my continuing effort to eat my through the time top 100 we went it Bo Drake yesterday.

It was nice enough but overall I was disappointed. We had 2 starters, 2 bao & a special main with sweet potato fries & Asian slaw. There was nothing terrible but the execution just wasn't up to scratch. The bill came to about £75.

The bao (smoked duck & mushroom) were a bit soggy & no where near as flavourful as at the fabulous Bao down the road.

I thought the King scallop special for £14 for a single scallop, whilst delicious was a rip off.

We had chorizo & rice cakes which turned out to be these small, v oddly textured tubes that just weren't for me.

There was a decent selection of cocktails but the menu was very uninformative.

All in all for the money & in that central location I'd go elsewhere next time.

Adnana C

It's an awesome place to go out with a few friends, the staff were great (and I really mean it). The owners are so friendly, like all the staff members there, they were coming to our table and asking for our honest opinion about the place and the food... Ahhh the food! It was one of the best places I ever been to eat in London. At the beginning we had like some mini pancakes with some meat inside (see the picture above), they were my favourites, and the ribs were just incredible, really, really good. My boyfriend used to be a cocktail barman and was blown away by the mixologist. Delicious cocktails, mixed by a guy who really cares.

I think Bo Drake it's a great concept and I am looking forward to visit them again. I would recommend this for sure!

Dean P

Really love this place - been a few times already and it just gets better each time! The steak was perfect, and the ribs and pulled pork really are amazing. The interior is beautiful, cocktails wonderful, and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful - making this an all round excellent experience which I would most highly recommend. I will be back!


Amazing new place in Soho! I've been here many times already and I have tried almost every single dish. My favourites so far are Brisket Bao, Kimchi quesadilla, the Korean lam cutlets and the Onglet Steak. I also loved the cocktails, especially Cucu Sour and the red slush! I deffo recommend this place!

Fuchsia M
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Enjoyed this with my Time Out Black card and was pleasantly surprised. Tasty cheap food, good atmosphere and really loved my margarita! Not sweet - just right (how I like it). Will be back.

Sergio Valentini
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Such an awful experience ! Went in a very good mood .. Waited not too long to be seated .. Competent manager sat me at the bar .. Not too much waiting .. Wow ! I thought I was in luck ... How wrong was I ! Asked for a cocktail to start with .. Went to the toilet .. Came back .. 30 minutes later the cocktail was not ready yet . Never managed to order the food either .. Eventually the same manager who sat me took the order 45 minutes later .. The did never arrived .. When I was about to leave without food eventually a waiter came over with the food ( 1 hour after I sat down ) , I said I was ready to leave without food ... A manager came over apologised and said the food was complementary because of the misshap . . I declined , they insisted , the manager which sat me down insisted on giving me a complementary cocktail .. I said ok .. When I was about to leave I asked for the bill and I was presented with a full bill ... . I have no further comment to make . However I am disgusted by the whole evening .. Wish I never went there

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