A new branch of the American-style diner.
A Soho branch of the New York-style comfort food ’n’cocktails joint, the look at Dirty Bones Denman Street is a bit sexy. Dark and moody, with trendy LED signage and a seriously stocked bar, there’s more than a whiff of speakeasy about the place – which might have something to do with the fact that to get to the loos you have to push through a door disguised as a bookcase. It’s fun and vibey, if a bit contrived.
My experience is a tale of two visits. Let’s start with the good one. I ate cheesy truffle fries and an amazing build-your-own beef shortrib taco – the rib was so thick and luscious it looked like a slab of chocolate. The whole experience was so delicious that I came back a week later. This time, though, it wasn’t great. The ‘signature’ MacDaddy burger, a super-indulgent mess of dry-aged steak patty, mac ’n’ cheese and barbecue sauce, was far too dry. Worse still, the food took about 50 minutes to arrive and the staff, previously charming, were all huffy. Maybe it just wasn’t my night? Let’s hope so – Dirty Bones is well worth a punt otherwise.
|Venue name:||Dirty Bones Soho|
14 Denman St
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus.|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
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Meaty heaven! The highlights were definitely the ribs (with Dr. Pepper glaze, jus' saying) and the fish tacos with blue corn tortillas - although vegetarians shouldn't be put off because the mac and cheese and veggie sides were also spot on. the huge variety of cocktails made it very tempting to keep ordering more, I went for the honeysuckle sidekick which came with a shot of ale and a slice of melon coated in chilli salt - the perfect accompaniment to BBQ food!
Aside from the food, the decor had a laid-back NYC vibe and super friendly service. Will definitely be coming again.
P.s the toilet door is craftily disguised as a bookcase - you're welcome.
After being surrounding by sweaty limbs and backpacks on the Central Line, I needed a drink. I pretty much downed the Cherry Bakewell in two gulps. The next concern of mine, food. Initially I had been worried that the large group of 10 of us would have to share small plates of (delicious) nibbles. That's before I realised that the plates just kept coming. The lamb fries were a particular highlight, but a definite tip of the hat is in order for the cheeseburger dumplings and the mac 'n' cheese (my kryptonite). I somehow managed to make space for the caramelised banana waffles and, despite being kept up last night by the heat and sheer quantity consumed, I would not change a thing about the whole experience.
What’s this then? New York-style comfort food? Well if you insist.
Long menus should normally come with a warning sign, but Dirty Bones’ is a rare exception. Why? Because most of the things on it at least hit the mark. From the very good crispy lamb fries (exactly as described), to the grilled fish tacos not that far off what you’d find at London’s current hotlist of taquerias.
The negatives: ‘download a PDF of our menu’ (no thanks – where’s the option for a quick browse?), identikit chicken wings, ditto mac & cheese, and cheeseburger dumplings which're a good idea not too well executed. But there you go.
The new Soho outpost of Dirty Bones is a little slice of BBQ heaven tucked off the craziness of Piccadilly Circus. The cocktails are fantastic - would highly recommend the punchy and all-too-easily-drinkable Lavender Martini - but the food is what makes this place special. I've never had a 'burger dumpling' before my visit to Dirty Bones but I'm VERY glad I've now tried them and would be back to this place for the starters alone. Main courses serve up delicious steaks, bbq ribs and pulled beef tacos - IDEAL. We had the sharing platters for 9 people and there was more than enough food to go around. Highly recommend.
Having visited the Kingly Court and new Soho branch, it's safe to say that Dirty Bones is meaty goodness heaven. As part of a table of 9 we had a good selection of all their menu and the clear winners were the burger dumplings (exactly what that sounds like) lamb fries (a very posh take on kebab meat and chips which was just as satisfying) and 'build your own' beef rib tacos. Service was super friendly and the cocktails were great. Their negroni was lighter with a more orange flavour than your standard but really refreshing, then the fruity 'Top Dog' went down far too easily. If you have any room for dessert then the peanut butter brownie sundae was also a winner!
Dirty Bones were kind enough to host a meetup for Time Out's blog network last night - and it offered us the chance to scope out their latest branch in Soho. In a nutshell, it's fab - and while it's the smallest of bunch, it's ideal for anyone looking for a decent bite to eat or a brilliant cocktail near Piccadilly Circus. It's got a cool vibe, great music, and they've also added a few new things to the menu. I can't rate the fish tacos and chicken wings enough - and the cheeseburger dumplings were a million times better than I expected. I definitely plan to return for another round sooner than later.
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