Korean-influenced delights at Bo Drake in Soho

Today we’re heading back into the buzz of Soho, to the Soho Square end of Greek Street. Greek Street is famous for its amazingly cosmopolitan selection of restaurants. Along this not-very-long street you will find restaurants serving Hungarian, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Moroccan, Lebanese and French food. There are also two famous pubs which have been there in some form since the early 1700s. There’s the small and intimate setting that is The Pillars of Hercules and the well-known Coach of Horses which used to be primarily famous for the rudeness of its former landlord Norman.

One of the latest additions to this street overflowing with eating and drinking choices brings a Korean influence to the mix. Bo Drake is a small, contemporary bar and restaurant with lovely smiley service and an exotic-sounding menu offering small courses for sharing or larger ones. Tapas-style eating is everywhere these days, hooray!

The East Asian restaurant describes itself as having lots of sweet and pickled influences (there’s the Korean influence) combined with slow-cooked barbecue methods. It’s a combination that works beautifully.

We shared four of the smaller dishes – not that they were that small, portions here are pretty generous, even for sharing.

The KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) was a revelation – these are seriously the king of chicken wings. Crispy, sticky, sweet and juicy, I could definitely demolish an entire bowl myself.

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On today’s specials board was a tomato salad with tomatoes done five different ways, including smoked. A beautiful plate with a light taste of summer.

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Delightful tomato salad with a Korean twist

The wild mushrooms came with seaweed, tofu and gochujan, served on toasted sourdough. Gochujan is a savoury, spicy fermented Korean condiment made from red chilli, glutinous rice, fermented soya beans and salt.  It seems there’s a lot of fermentation going on in Korea and this combination made for an amazingly exotic version of mushrooms on toast topped with a delicate, savoury foam.

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Mushrooms on toast Korean-style

A bowl of sweet potato chips came with kimchi island dressing. Sweet potato chips are truly delicious and this amazing sauce was so good we had to keep ordering more.

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Crispy sweet potato crisps and creamy sauce

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The welcoming bar and restaurant that is Bo Drake

Today’s price point

We paid £31 for our four dishes.

A bottle of Rose wine costs £26.

Bo Drake is at 6 Greek Street, Soho

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