Bodean's (Soho)

  • 020 7287 7575
  • 10 Poland Street
  • W1F 8PZ

A great restaurant for carnivores; a very bad idea if you're out to impress a vegetarian. Not cheap, but worth it; the average cost is around �8-10, more if you're having beer with it or if you're eating in the downstairs section.

Upstairs in the Deli/Takeaway area, it's all gone Barbecue; Ribs (Pork or Beef), Burgers, Chicken, Pulled Pork, Hot Dogs, all served at high tables with fixed swivel stools; comfortable but nothing to write home about. The Restaurant downstairs offers a wider variety, lower tables, and more comfortable seats; however, you'd be mad not to book in advance, and you do need to have time to spare. The food is excellent but it can take a while to arrive. On a similar note, the upstairs is fine in the summer, but in winter, with a lot of people coming in and out, it can be a bit breezy for a sit-down lunch.

As well as reserving a table, you can also book takeaway orders over the phone - a full menu is provided on the website. If you do, please, please, please, write your order number down. Everyone hates the person who stalls the whole queue while the staff locate your order.

For meat lovers, Mondays and Wednesdays are the best days to drop in; those are the only days you can try the Burnt Ends; a slightly unattractive name for slow-cooked brisket; really tender, juicy chunks of beef that come highly recommended. Also recommended is the Pig Out For A Tenner deal; a whole rack of Baby Back Ribs, Fries, Coleslaw, and a Beer (or a soft drink) for your �10.

Oh, and if you get there and decide you really can't handle all that meat, there's a Yo Sushi and a Sandwich place, both just yards away.

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