Barbecue food is slowly becoming the latest trend and hearing about the ultimate barbecue experience being Bodeans restaurant in London’s Covent Garden, I couldn’t wait to try it out and sample the delights on offer.
The Bodean’s Covent Garden is the newest of their 7 restaurants and the brand was founded in 2002 by Canadian restaurant entrepreneur Andre Blais. This is definitely a meat eaters paradise and a completely different dining experience to I literally feel walking into the restaurant that I am no longer in the UK and that I am in a buzzing Texan bar/restaurant. The restaurant is a style sophistication and definitely has a huge southern vibe to it. Aromas of the food catch you soon as you walk in and instantly have you wondering what’s on the menu.
Whether you like chicken, beef, pork or prawns; there is something here for you.
The menu is quite fast but at the same time each dish is very interesting and leaves you wondering what to actually pick.
for starters I had the pleasure of tasting the Bodeans Buffalo Chicken wings. They can either be served wet or dry and if you choose where there is a number of different sources you can choose from. So if you’re into a sweet sauce, smoky sauce or a hot sauce there is good choice available. The portion is very reasonable as they give you six large wings in a basket all priced at an affordable £9.45. They literally have to be the best wings I’ve ever had not only with a tender and very generous on their servings but they were so full of taste I’m really pleased my tastebuds I could quite easily had another portion they were that yummy. The Flavours were exactly what I was hoping for in that they were full of taste, not bland in any way and had that American BBQ feel to them. I would highly recommend chicken lovers to try these wings!
Should you want to try a little bit of everything, Bodeans offers some lovely Sharing platters which are perfect for two people. The Tasty sharing board for two has to be my favourite as it gives you a lovely selection of good old southern comfort food. it also has some amazingly tasting Mac and cheese balls, Sliced pastrami and Texas smoked sausage. I absolutely adore this make sausage and it works really well with the Bodean’s hot chipotle sauce that is available on the table.
The main menu is the fun part as there is so much choice and if like me you can’t decide on one dish then it’s always nice to go for the combo meals.
For me, the ½ chicken, pulled pork and Texas smoked sausage was the best! It gave me an insight to BBQ as I could taste a bit of each and pair it with any sauces too. Definitely worth a try and if you want to add some healthier options on the side then I would recommend trying the Mexican Chopped Salad- perfect for two to share alongside a main. The salad contains Avocado, Tomatoes, Black Beans, Radish & Wild Rice, served with a Honey, Lime and Coriander Dressing.
The beef burnt ends are what Bodean’s is famous for and the phrase “No teef to eat my beef” is exactly that – 100% true being succulent and tender, fall off the bone and enjoy!!! Worth a try and I cannot say I was disappointed in the slightest. Full of taste and every bite is pure heaven!
Aside from the meaty platters and Beef Burnt ends, Bodeans offer hotdogs, ribs (so tender), steaks, burgers and sandwiches. There is also a sides menu for smaller extras such as a side of mac & cheese, fries, corn on the cob, BBQ beans and more.
The staff are very friendly and always on hand to assist and answer questions, the booth seating is very comfortable and the atmosphere is very relaxed and your able to enjoy the surroundings too. It’s like a little usa getaway for a few hours with great tasting food and drinks!
Bodean’s is definitely American food with a difference. It’s all fresh, it’s real and it’s so full of taste. This has to be a favourite London eaterie and great for families and groups night outs!
By Sunny Andrea