Flagship Bukowski Grill opens this spring in Soho
The flagship Bukowski Grill, a 70-seat, all-day, restaurant and grill opens today in the heart of Soho at 10 D’Arblay Street. This impressive new site is the third and somewhat different venue from chef/owner/designer Robin Freeman. Inspired by an American diner, Bukowski Grill showcases carefully sourced British produce, cooked over charcoal in a josper oven, as well as a signature range of well-loved hamburgers, adventurous toppings (think Morbier cheese, pickled red cabbage and chilli-pickled Brussels sprouts) and house-made condiments.
Bukowski Soho features a larger range of dishes than its predecessors, weekly changing blackboard specials, weekday breakfasts and an incredible new weekend brunch. The drinks offering has been expanded to include some impeccably chosen, reasonably priced world wines, as well as their celebrated list of beer from local breweries and a expanding variety of bottled and aged cocktails.
The restaurant’s interior – also the work of the multi-talented Freeman – is a combination of exposed piping and reclaimed school-style chairs, simple hanging lamps, corrugated iron wall panels and a scuffed floor. With a bright pink neon “Bukowski” sign, reminiscent of an American diner, lighting up the entrance, it’s a no-frills, inviting space with an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Freeman’s new menu kicks off with Puck Nuggets with Kimchi Remoulade, Buffalo Cauliflower Fritters with Blue Cheese Sauce and Fried Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Larger plates include BBQ Bean Cassoulet with Smoked Toulouse Sausage and Confit Duck Leg, Swaledale Lamb Cutlets with Smoky Chilli Jelly or Deep-fried Cream Cracker-coated Smoked Haddock with Clam Chowder.
Bukowski wouldn’t be Bukowski without their legendary selection of hamburgers, and one to watch is sure to be The Smoky Beast (beef patty topped with tobacco onions, smoked pulled pork, smoky honey and chipotle BBQ sauce, smoked gherkins, and garlic and scotch bonnet mayo). There is also a good selection of BBQ ribs, slow-cooked beef and pork dishes, barbequed and fried chicken, finger-licking wings and an unforgettable soft-shell crab sandwich that is to die for.
Brunch dishes include Cornmeal-crusted Soft-shell Crab, Poached Eggs and Hot Sauce Hollandaise or Chicken, Waffles, Fried eggs and Chilli Maple Syrup, perfect alongside a breakfast margarita, a Darjeeling Gin Sour (or two) or a few bespoke Bloody Marys.
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To book a table at Bukowski Grill,10 D’Arblay Street, London W1F 8DS, call 0203 857 4756 or visit here.