Dirty Bones Soho

Restaurants, American Piccadilly Circus
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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.

 

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Dirty Bones Soho
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Address: 14 Denman St
Soho
London
W1D 7HJ
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus.
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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tastemaker

Friendly service, NYC vibes and tasty food. The menu here is downright dirty and delicious. The buttermilk chicken is some of the best I've had! Drinks are tasty and service is friendly. Worth a visit.

tastemaker

Been meaning to come here for ages, and so glad I did. It may be slightly on the small side, but their turnaround for the next couple of people is pretty efficient. 

Ordered the full pile chicken, cheeseburger dumplings, grilled fish tacos, and for dessert: peanut butter cookie cup.


I was so excited about their cocktails: The fab, in particular. Unfortunatey it didn't really live up to the hype!

It was all about the grilled tacos, they were so darn gooood!! Not usually a fan of tacos, but the fish was nicey cooked, juicy and a gentle hint of lemon juice, made it complete. The fried chicken tasted just as good, crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. Reminded me of proper southern fried chicken, delish!!!! Cheeseburger dumplings were also very good, a strange combo which worked well perfectly!!!

The small peanut butter cookie cup was just what I needed after a heavy meal! The size is pleasant enough, the salted peanut butter gelato just melted my heart away! I am such a sucker for anything peanut butter! 

Only slight issue is, way too dark inside, brought out the candles and the music went a higher decibel. 

tastemaker

I went into Dirty Bones with high expectations, and I left feeling oh so happy. 


This hipster-esque restaurant serves American food with an oriental twist. We were inspired to go after seeing a picture of their cheeseburger gyoza so, of course, this was first point of call. Yum. I was a bit sceptical about them, but the meat was well seasoned and the cheese not too over the top, creating a melt-in-your-mouth (I do love a cliché) dumpling that was moist and full of flavour. 


The spicy buffalo wings were crisp on the outside and left a tingle in the mouth. Would I say they were spicy - probably not. But, they did taste good.


I'm glad I didn't try and tackle the Mac Daddy alone. It was a beast. Double brisket & dry aged steak burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac & cheese and cayenne & coffee-spiked BBQ sauce. Oh yea. I had to attack it with a knife and fork but this just meant I got a bit of everything in all mouthfuls. Would I go for it again? Absolutely. 


The only slightly disappointing dish was the cheesy truffle fries. The cheese sauce just seemed a bit plasticy and fake, almost like it had come out of a bottle. You could taste the truffle oil though, which was nice. 


Overall a great meal. The only thing I didn't understand was why at 7.30ish they decided to dim the light and up the volume of the music. I get the vibe they are trying to create but at the end of the day, it's a restaurant and generally speaking I do like to talk to my dining companions, not shout. 

Tastemaker

As a Dirty Bones virgin, I wasn’t really too sure what to expect from its third restaurant. And having learned that all of their menus for their different restaurants differ slightly and this one only opened a few weeks back, I guess it’s a bit of a surprise for everyone. The only way I can really describe the cuisine here is an American meaty haven with a cheeky upmarket twist. With crispy lamb fries, cheeseburger dumplings and short rib tacos, you might begin to see how that conclusion was born.


We were a table of 9, so shared a variety of different delicious dishes. And I can happily confirm that if you order the rib-eye steak, the grilled fish tacos, hot wings or any of the three mentioned above, you won’t be disappointed – each was cooked to perfection, with tender meat and the tastiest sauces to accompany each plate. I found the mac and cheese a bit average, and the grilled hispi cabbage a bit on the buttery side – but these are two very minor niggles on an otherwise superb menu.


They have plenty of cocktails and our waitress was more than happy to help select one to suit your mood if decision making under pressure just isn’t your thing (like me). I went for the Cherry Bakewell, which wasn’t as ‘Cherry Bakewell’ as I’d have liked (perhaps a bit more amaretto would have helped?) and the butter baby shake – which was an absolute belter.


I’m glad I did opt for a shake, as the dessert menu could do with a bit of a re-think in my opinion. If you like nuts, then you’ll be in heaven. But if like me, they’re not your thing – you’re not really left with much of an alternative (other than coffee & donuts). I have to say that kind of surprised me, as with a lot of allergies in the world you’d think they’d enter a saucy little salted caramel number.


Overall, the atmosphere, décor (think open brick walls decorated with graffitied prints of 90s r&b stars) and service made for a top evening. It’s set a very high standard for my Dirty Bones visits, so let’s hope the next two can keep up.


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.

tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

Two words: lamb fries. Best thing I've ever put in my mouth. And don't get me started on those ribs and burger dumplings - and a special shout out to that Dr. Pepper sauce. Dying. So, so, so good. Cocktails are great, especially 'The Fab' and the bourbon-infused chocolate shake (it has an Oreo cookie in it too, so brownie points to the team at Dirty Bones for making my gluttonous dreams come true). As I'm rather partial to a dessert, I also wolfed down the peanut butter brownie sundae - again, FABULOUS. 


Aside from the awesome food, the location is great, right near Piccadilly station, so easy access to get home, post food baby/coma. Oh, and the staff are lovely, very attentive, give lots of recommendations and are all smiles - rare in London town. 


GO NOW!


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. 

tastemaker

While Dirty Bones is quickly becoming a London institution thanks to the handful of venues it now has spread out across Zone 1, it took me some time to get round to having a taste of it - and even then, I wasn't sure I was turning up on the most opportune of days. But I was to be refreshingly taken aback. Many of the options at this American-inspired comfort food diner are predictably hearty and red meat-heavy- and on the extremely hot evening that I visited, I was especially wary of that most unbecoming of faux pas for a carnivorous diner: the infamous 'meat sweats'. Fortunately, though, the menu has been sensitively put together and avoids both the pointlessly gluttonous portion sizes and the off-puttingly spicy sauces or flavours that characterise similar, 'BBQ'-style establishments. 

The ribs and steak were every bit as succulent as you'd hope for - but I arguably had most fun with one or two "I didn't know this was a thing?" items, like the wonderful cheeseburger dumplings.  Not everything here is brown: welcome relief came from the grilled hispi cabbage. All of it set off by cocktails, while a really nicely-picked (though unintrusive) playlist of funk and soul bubbled away throughout the night.