Dirty Bones Shoreditch

Restaurants, American Shoreditch
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A third branch of the American-style dive bar and diner.

Slowly making its way across London, Dirty Bones has finally arrived in its spiritual home: east London. Across the road from Shoreditch High Street station, the third branch of this faux dive bar couldn’t have a more fitting location.

Serving the same American-style comfort food as its Kensington and Carnaby Street restaurants, the dishes are packed with flavours that smack you around the face with the clout of a heavy-bottomed pan. In addition to mainstays such as burgers, hot dogs and ribs, a chargrilled lamb cutlet came with a punchy chimichurri sauce that flooded the taste buds without overpowering the juicy meat, while a robata-grilled aubergine and gruyère side dish was full of distinctive, balanced flavours. However, both felt slightly out of place on the otherwise casual and (for lack of a better word) ‘dirty’ menu, which largely focuses on poshed-up dude-food and home-style cooking.

Big flavours and portions, along with an electric atmosphere, make Dirty Bones great for a group night out, though I wouldn’t recommend taking a first date there – you won’t hear a word they say over the excessively loud music. But perhaps that’s the point.

By: Carly-Ann Clements

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Venue name: Dirty Bones Shoreditch
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Address: 1 Club Row
London
E1 6JX
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11am-11pm; Thu-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight;Sun 10am-11pm
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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tastemaker

I visited Dirty Bones for drinks with a friend last weekend and it was the perfect place for pre-drinks. We would of stayed for food but we already had a reservation. I am looking to check out the new Soho restaurant real soon if the Kensington one and this are anything to go by it will be amazing. The Shoreditch restaurant and bar was great, the interior is really cool and had a buzzing atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and attentive and helped us find a table even though the place was super busy. We were sat by the DJ who play cool tunes in the evenings over the weekend. Perfect place for a chilled night where you will be guaranteed loads fun, delicious cocktails and great hot dogs too. 

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tastemaker

I love this building having dinned here a few years ago when it was Les Trois Garcon,  I had admired the interior columns and high ceilings at the time, and now you can dine and enjoy all it's glory again, as the newest Dirty Bones addition in Shoreditch. I would really recommend it as a fun weekend brunch spot, check out the boozy brunch flights offer, 4 drinks for £19 including my personal favourites Prosecco and Espresso Martini's. Great place to get you going again after the night before, the music is old skool upbeat and well curated a mix of hip hop, funk and soul. The food is pretty epic too, obviously I had to have the Shoreditch crumpets, Avocado, chunky goats' cheese, garlic guacamole with spicy sriracha drizzle. A slightly more manly option was also had the Short rib hash £12 14 hour slow-cooked pulled short rib, finished with caramelised shallots and mustard seeds, served with new potatoes and 2 poached eggs.

Book it get's busy on the weekend the Bloody Marys are decent too. 

tastemaker

On entering Dirty Bones, you are greeted by a large circular curtained area which infers you may be about meet The Wizard of Oz but this is just an introduction into the mood-setting decor which follows on throughout the restaurant. Traditional in appearance and accompanied by low level lighting the restaurant is quite dark (surprising considering the building's large windows) with a bar at the far side.


I stopped in to Dirty Bones for the first time and enjoyed seeing the great range of options detailed in their weekend brunch menu. I opted for the Baked Skillet comprising eggs, avocado and tomato topped with cheese and parmesan breadcrumbs accompanied by a couple slices of toasted sourdough. The runny mess of tomato and eggs is complimented by chunks of warm avocado and the crumbs - it was very enjoyable.


My other half ordered the Dirty Bun which he didn't think was anything too special but tasty nonetheless. We then decided to finish by sharing the Caramelised Banana Waffles which promised a lot by the menu description but was quite confusing on the plate. I'm not sure the hybrid of peanut butter and jam with banana and chocolate worked so well but was nice to try.


I thought the regular dining menu also looked very appealing so look forward to returning to try this at another time.

tastemaker

Dirty Bones specialises in American style sticky meat dishes from burgers and short rib to fried chicken and waffles. Luckily for me, a new branch opened a few months ago in Shoreditch  (Bethnal Green Road, next to Beach Blanket Babylon).


The restaurant has high ceilings and grand decorations – mirrors on the walls, old fashioned adverts and purple sofas across the walls.

After seeing so much on Instagram, I just had to try the Mac Daddy which is a 6oz burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac & cheese and homemade BBQ sauce. As we wanted to share, our waiter offered to cut the burger in half for us, which was sweet of him. Sadly, it looked better than it tasted – it was slightly dry (I did have it cooked medium which may have made a difference) and it could have done with more bbq sauce.


On the other hand, the beef short rib with salted caramel & burnt onion BBQ sauce, crispy shallots and spring onions was AMAZING. Flavoursome and just fell off the bone with limited fat. I also rated my side of skinny fries topped with crispy lamb sweet miso, red chilli and jalapeño, which were a nice change to usual.


I also rated the desserts of milk & cookie – milk gelato (so creamy!) and soft baked chocolate ganache cookie and the frozen berries and white chocolate sauce on a freshly baked waffle.


The atmosphere was good and the service was even better so would definitely return to try out some of the other dishes. Also check out the boozy brunch at the weekends!


What can I say! Came here for brunch a few weeks ago, and I'm still thinking about the food now! I had the Short rib crumpets with poached eggs & the Banana Toblerone waffle (Caramelised banana, toblerone-tella, blueberry jam, peanut butter gelato and crushed nuts). I honestly would come back just for the waffle, it was delicious. After eating all of this, pinching bits of fried chicken from my friends plate and drinking several cocktails- I was well and truly full. The service here was great, we were seated quickly and the waiter was very friendly. Loved the decorations and the atmosphere too. Dirty Bones is a must visit for a great brunch.

Tastemaker

I had a lovely time down at Dirty Bones a few weekends ago. First of all, it's not like the other Dirty Bones locations which are (from my knowledge of the Kensington branch) exposed walls, neon light type of places. This one is light and airy. I really appreciate that when they moved in, they didn't rip out all the gorgeous original paintings and decorations. It's quite a lovely room and I enjoyed taking in some of the history while we ate. 


Now onto the service. The service here is bloody amazing and we were treated like a king and queen. The host was friendly at the door and the waiters were chatty and fun without being invasive. Someone checked in with us on every step of the meal and we felt very welcome. We weren't chased out either despite there being a bit of a queue by the time we left. We were allowed to take our time and enjoy it which was great. 


We ordered more food than we could possibly eat which with hindsight was a bit of a waste (sorry, world). The baked eggs in tomato were scrumptious and I enjoyed the bite or three of mac n cheese that I could muster. The boozy cocktails were tasty but I wouldn't necessarily recommend ordering the milky ones before food, it made me feel a bit full before I even ate.


I'd absolutely return and will add again that the service really stood out for me - it was bang on. 


Tastemaker

Great vibe, great food, great service! We took a friend for her birthday and I would highly recommend the venue. The menu was an american-asian fusion which is rather unique, including things like cheese burger dumplings with miso mustard (not sure I'm a fan but a must-try anyway), fried chicken with waffles and miso lamb fried. One of the swankier parts of shoreditch, located next to the likes of beach blanket babylon. The music can be a little over bearing towards the end of the night but the service was fantastic and they even brought out a little sundae and candle at the end. 

Tastemaker

I am already a big fan of Dirty Bones Soho so I was really excited to try their new location in Shoreditch.When you walk in, It's a lovely room with plenty of comfy seats. We ordered the skillet, the beef hash, matcha French Toast and Pear granola. The skillet was probably my favorite dish out of all these but the others did not disappoint either. They have delicious cocktails, (my fave was the Dirty Mary) to accompany the brunch and they also serve a Sunday Roast which I want to go back for.

tastemaker

*Huge Sigh*

I'd been literally dying to visit dirty bones but for some reason never got around to it. What an utter disappointment!

We ordered the pile of fried chicken (which conveniently had a piece missing) ,Mac & cheese and some dirty fries I think they call it. They threw in some comp waffles as we showed some preference for them.

The chicken was soooooo fatty and under seasoned we were second guessing whether it was really chicken. The fat on it wasn't normal .. What kind of chicken was that? ... The Mac & cheese was actually disgusting .. :( the waffles were just waffles so nothing to complain about there. The best thing funny enough were the fries! Best I've ever had.

Won't be coming back and wouldn't recommend this location at all!