There are some streets in London – and unsurprisingly a number of these tend to be in Soho – where practically every restaurant and bar you walk past are on your ‘to do’ list. Greek Street is one of them.
I love Balls & Company. I am still desperate to go to 10 Greek Street, but am too impatient to queue (which seem inevitable here). I recently discovered that Milroys of Soho has a hidden cocktail bar called the Vault. These are all reasons to head to Greek Street. And then there’s Bo Drake, the minimalist Korean Smokehouse, which looks as appealing as the rest do and which we found was the perfect Saturday night date place (fun, affordable and easy).
Firstly, you can book. But if you’ve not planned ahead you can also just walk in, and perhaps squeeze in at the long wooden communal table/bar, like we did. The menu is very appealing, if you like Korean food and barbecued meat. This is not really for the vegetarians out there.
These dishes are all about punchy flavours. I loved their Duck Bao, the meat incredibly juicy and full of flavour. Their sweet potato fries with kimchi mayonnaise were phenomenal. The Bo Ssam (smoked pulled pork, with kimchi and spring onions) was delicious, and we devoured their ‘KFC’ (photo above). But I found their Smoked Aubergine a little disappointing, as I think I was expecting something similar to the aubergines at Shackfuyu (which are out of this world), and found them a bit bland.
We made two mistakes: we didn’t order the Smoked Beef Stack or the Smoked Bobo Chicken. The couple opposite us, clearly regulars here as they walked in a reeled off a list of plates straight away, did. So there was a moment after dinner, when we were eyeing up the desert (the soft serve ice cream is meant to be amazing) and the cocktails, that we almost ordered the Beef Ribs. But then refrained.
Drinks wise, we opted for a bottle of their house wine, but they also have a very affordable cocktail list (£8) and some good beer options too.
If you like the sound of this, you may also like aforementioned Shackfuyu, which is literally around the corner on Old Compton Street. And if you need a place for post dinner drinks, then try the Vault (blog to follow) or Mr Fogg’s Tavern, or the Blind Pig. No need to walk far when you’re on Greek Street.
6 Greek St,
London W1 4DE