If you’re a fan of getting down and dirty then read on…
Let’s pick our minds up out of the gutter shall we, because of course I’m talking about the second Dirty Bones which has recently opened in the food mecca that is Kingly Court. Found on the top floor, this restaurant is lighter than its Kensington High Street counterpart, large windows gave us glimpses of the diners inside – you don’t have to reserve, so you might be waiting but with quite a quick turnaround, you can always grab a drink at the bar whilst you wait. The open kitchen runs down one side of the restaurant, neon signs light up the walls, kitsch lamp shades hung from the ceiling and concrete walls juxtapose with the wooden floor.
The menu is made up of dishes such deep fried mac balls, chicken and waffles, hot dogs and burgers and almost everything is covered in mac and cheese or pulled pork something which we aren’t going to complain about; something that is very much part of London’s current street food love affair. Start with charred Padron peppers or the salt and pepper squid – don’t go too hard with fried cheese straight away.
The Mac Daddy – a 6oz house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, bbq sauce, gherkins and mac & cheese certainly sounded impressive but when it arrived I immediately had food envy of my friend who had gone for the Classic Yankee dog. It wasn’t so much that it didn’t include everything it said, more that with a build up like that on the menu I was expecting something drowning in cheese, weighed down by pulled beef, yes that is the glutton in me talking and it was, well a little underwhelming in appearance.
The Double Dirty Fries however were spot on, skinny, crispy fries loaded with BBQ sauce, cactus salsa and pulled pork – you’ll only need to order one between two, trust me – it’s like a starter in itself. A cookies and peanut butter sauce pudding was delicious but rather runny, a lot of sauce to not much cookie, but doughnuts with coffee gelato are a must.
With a steady stream of people, Dirty Bones was constantly full and whilst the waiters and waitresses were all lovely, the service did let it down a little- orders were lost and there were a long waits between each course. That said, if you’re after good comfort food that you can get really stuck into, you need some Dirty Bones in your life.