Last week was National Burger Day and with burgers being one of the most important food groups as we all know, we thought what better way to celebrate than with a quick jaunt to new burger place Bobo Social on Charlotte Street.
It’s brought to you by Jacinta Maddison and Michael Benson (Sticky Fingers, Palm Court Brasserie and Supperclub London) and is serving up a winning combination of burgers and small plates. Bobo stands for Bourgeois Bohemian and as such the restaurant is kept simple; wooden floors, a mix of communal and small tables and neutral colours juxtapose with gilded mirrors and twinkling lights, whilst food is served on mismatched crockery. There were a few teething problems such as bannisters coming away from walls and locks in the bathrooms not quite locking, but I’ve been ensured that these are being taken care of because no one wants to be the one caught sitting on the loo by another guest.
But let’s move on as a dodgy bannister never got in the way of a good burger. They’re made with rare-breed beef from Sussex, and are cooked in a Kopa Charcoal Oven with the wood used varying day to day. On the menu you’ll find burgers served with chorizo, lobster and crab burgers and a mushroom and truffle burger as well as specialist burgers with the likes of kangaroo.
We went for the Peanut Butter – a rare breed beef burger topped with Monterey Jack, maple drizzled cured bacon, red onions, BoBo sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and the piece de resistance rich, slightly crunchy, salted peanut butter, it was lathered on and boy was that one hell of a burger, it oozed in all the right places and yet the buttermilk bun still held it all together – perfection.
We also went for The Debauchery – Wagu Beef, Ogleshield cheese, confit Shitaki mushrooms, bacon mayonnaise, truffle and onion compote and shaved truffles, yes it sounds a terrifying rich, but it wasn’t the flavours all came through but you didn’t feel like you were going to have to diet for the next month. With a name like The Debauchery I was expecting something a little bigger, a little more impressive on the plate, but then I guess you can’t judge a book by its cover nor a burger by its size. Chips in bacon dripping were wonderful as were sweet potato fries coated in truffle salt although there unfortunately wasn’t a hint of truffle.
We finished with the elderflower and raspberry jelly which was covered in a shot of champagne and the dark and milk chocolate mousse with salted caramel- the mousse was a delicious but needed more salt if it was to be called salted caramel.
Bobo Social, it’s relaxed, it’s fun, it’s the sort of place to leave your manners at home and get stuck into pretty great burgers.