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Bó Drake London

Address 6 Greek Street; London W1D 4DE
by Manette Street
Neighbourhood Soho – Soho Square | See on map
Tube Tottenham Court Rd [Central, Northern]
Website http://bodrake.co.uk/
Price GBP 35-50
Hours Tues-Sat 18-23.

Random is what Jan Lee’s career path looks like at first glance. From playing bass and keyboard in Glasgow dance-punk band Shitdisco, he ended up as chef at Japanese gourmet temple Roka via a degree in illustration from the Royal College of Arts. With that in mind, it only makes sense that his own restaurant would be a happy jumble of Korean street food, BBQ and Mexican.

Lee’s born to Hongkongese parents, is married to a Korean and has travelled extensively throughout East Asia, and here he also has the help of Heath McDonald whose background is from the Californian street food scene. Together they happen to combine some of the hottest food trends at the moment and matched with a vibrant location off Soho Square, it’s kept Bó Drake packed since opening.

While far from everything is a clear home run – kimchi quesadillas, for example, sound more exotic than the dull tortilla mess served – the mix generally works very well. Indulge in buttery enoki mushroom tostadas, succulent smoked bobo baby chicken and tender Korean lamb cutlets, and you’ll leave happy. Make sure to order plenty of kimchi on the side, sample the daily specials and finish up with a soft serve ice cream.

The place itself is small with 50 covers tightly packed across an intimate back room, the front entrance area and long bar. No reservations are taken and since it’s the kind of food that’s best consumed with plenty to drink, the bar isn’t a bad place to be seated. The signature gin-and-cucumber Cucu Sour is good, but pick your poison of choice from the beers, wines and exotic spirits on offer.