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Bodeans, Soho, this place was the start of the dude food revolution

 was out with Big Matt last night and we decided to visit our old haunt Bodeans. Back in the day we came here most weeks as it offered great food, a great atmosphere and set you up nicely for an evening of gigging and drinking. Since leaving the West End I have made more use of their branches in Fulham and bayswater which are both very good but more geared to the sit down meal rather than the deli experience you get at Poland st.

When we arrived last night the place was packed, so getting a seat was tricky. They had a two for one offer on rack of ribs so we got one of those and a side of burnt ends. It has to be said I have had better meals there. The ends were pretty good but the ribs were very tough. I also noticed the staff were less than attentive about wiping down tables which is a bit lax. Overall it lacked a bit of polish and atmosphere. They used to have some very good people there who added to the buzz.

Having said all that, if you are out in Soho and want a cheap substantial feed then this place is a no brainer. I will certainly be back.

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Overall rating
Food 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9

I still maintain this place sets the standard for American food in London. It's amazing how many newcomers don't make the standard Bodeans sets. It's not the best but it is consistently good

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