|Tuesday - Saturday||18:00 - 23:00|
|Budget||Great Value (£15 - £30)|
|Nearest Station||Tottenham Court Road|
Nearest Underground Station -Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square
The menu at Bó Drake draws on Jan’s childhood growing up in his families’ Chinese restaurants in Berwick on the Scottish Borders, where fresh quality British produce was plentiful; as well as his extensive food travels throughout East Asia, Europe and the US, and his family’s homeland in Hong Kong. Jan’s wife Jae, originally from Seoul, Korea, has also been a large influence on the menu, décor and vibe at Bó Drake, and was the original inspiration for the restaurant. All of this has led Jan to develop a varied cross-cultural menu, alongside Californian/Mexican Head Chef Heath McDonald. With experience gained as part of the Californian street food truck movement, Heath brings low and slow BBQ methods and smoking techniques into the mix. The result offers East Asian BBQ dishes beside New Mexican options inspired by the US Korean/Mexican BBQ street food revolution championed by Roy Choi and his ‘Kogi’ truck fleet, all using Great British produce where possible with an emphasis on smoking and pickling cooking methods.
Meat dishes at Bó Drake will include ‘Rib tips in bourbon sauce’, ‘Bo ssam with smoked pulled pork, kimchi & Ssamjang, served with or without Scottish oysters’ and ‘Korean lamb cutlets with Nashi Pear’. Vegetarian options include ‘Kimchi quesadilla with roasted poblano cream’. Side dishes such as ‘House Kimchi’ and ‘Chargrilled roasted asparagus, with soy & yuzu’ will also be commonplace on the menu. For dessert, guests can choose ‘Bó Drake’s sesame soft serve ice cream, with toasted sesame seeds’. Prices range from £7 for small plates, to around £24 for larger dishes to share.
Bó Drake accommodates up to 60 guests, comprising a seated bar area for up to 18 people as well as low-level tables to the front of the restaurant and an intimate dining area to the rear comfortably seating up to 20. The interior, designed by Jan and Jae with Hexagon Construction, is stripped back and minimal, with personal touches from Jan and Jae’s travels evident. The bar will serve an innovative range of cocktails to complement the food, including the ‘Cucu Sour’ – gin, cucumber, egg white & lemon’ served straight up in a coupe glass and the ‘Soju Dela Vide’ – a soju & mezcal slushie in a choice of strawberry or blueberry. Craft beer on tap is provided by Camden Town and Brooklyn breweries, with a short considered wine list available.
Bo Drake takes over the former oyster-house, Disiac, to deliver a matrimony of two of London's foodie favourites - Asian Cuisine and Seasonal British Produce. The Asian Cuisine hails from East-Asian districts where BBQ style cooking comes to the forefront. There is a great selection of small bites, sharing food and larger meals including Rib tips in bourbon sauce, Korean lamb cutlets with Nashi Pear, and Sides including House Kimchi’ and ‘Chargrilled roasted asparagus. The decor is minimal but charming and reflects the calming atmosphere of the theme. The cocktail bar's drinks menu has been created to compliment and pair with the menu and doubles as a destination cocktail bar. But to get your Bo Drake on you have to queue, as much like many new restaurants in the area, there are no reservations.