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.
|Venue name:||Bó Drake||Contact:|
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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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.
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!
A restaurant located in the heart of Soho that serves up a menu of'fancy'
junk food with Mexican twists on classic Korean food. Some very good dishes but all together just not good enough.
On entering a dark room, the atmosphere was bleak with only a few people dining. However, the waitress was welcoming and seated me at the bar area in a minimalist style room with exposed bricks and steel pipes.
I began with some Sweet Potato Fries with Kimchi Island Dressing. The fries were crispy, aromatic and very well-seasoned.
Following this, I had the Korean Fried Chicken Wings with Soy Garlic, Grapes and Rosemary which was the perfect combination of sticky and sweet. Korea unquestionably give new meaning to the letters K-F-C.
Lastly, I had the Bulgogi Beef Sliders with Miso Mayo, Caramelised Red Onion which was sadly very disappointing. The meat tasted like ready-made hamburger-beef bought out of a freezer of a supermarket.
In Korea, alcohol is almost always enjoyed with a snack known as “Anju.” I didn’t try their cocktails as I didn’t get into the mood. The ambiance was almost non-existent although this could have perhaps been due to the fact that I arrived just in time for last orders. With Sweet Potatoes at £4.50, KFC at £9.00 and Sliders at £10.80 it wasn’t very good value for money. Although I did enjoy some of the dishes, overall I didn’t find this place to be overly exciting. This Korean joint certainly needs to upt it’s game and is clearly lacking in ‘Seoul.’
Been a few times and never disappoints. A must try. The menu is great, the ribs in particular, the chicken wings are amazing. Just tried the kimchi mozzarella pancake which looks like a mini pizza but was fabulous! All the food is very tasteful.
The service was brilliant and very helpful.
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.
Went for lunch yesterday, food was amazing, what a lovely little find. Will definitely be dinning here again.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Very disappointing; nice place with nice staff, but the pork ribs where dry, actually so was our starter and everything else.
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!
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!