I wanted to quickly report back on my experience at Bodeans BBQ last night on account of Thanksgiving. We managed to find a table at the last minute - even though it was pretty packed last night.
The restaurant advertised a £19.99 pp Thanksgiving dinner, which seemed okay to us. What they declined to mention was there was a two person minimum. Also, as we looked around, we realized portions were really meager for the supposedly special meal. Oh well.
We ended up ordering a 1/2 BBQ chicken with their special BBQ sauce, and a jerk chicken grilled burger, corn bread, potatoes with sour cream and chives.
I absolutely loved both the wife's BBQ as well as my jerk chicken! Well spiced and balanced. The jerk chicken burger was a real 'tear' jerker, it had embedded scotch bonnet peppers. Corn bread was so-so and a bit hard actually. It did not pass the wife's taste test, but then her family is from the (American) South.
I also had a French Martini, which missed the mark completely on all counts. I felt like there was hardly any vodka in it.
Total tab was £ 32.50 with 12.5% service charge included.
Poland St, London, Greater London W1F 7, GB
Am really surprised anyone could have a meager portion at Bodeans! I've always found it to be a place that completely OTT - particularly the meat. Last time I went I left with a 'i never want to eat again' food baby - but then as my husband tells me, I am a girl. It's one of those places that is actually a lot better when you've had too much to drink! Maybe the kitchen was running low by the time you got there ;) Am not sure how much you like Jerk Chicken but there is a place on Wardour St that does soul food that's meant to be quite good (not as good as some of the places in Hackney but better than Bodean's).
Our reservation was for 5 PM. No way they could have run out of food for a supposedly 'special' meal. Also, there was no mention of a two person minimum.
If you let me know the name of the place on Wardour St, I shall definitely try it on my next visit - next month.
On a funny note, the wife dragged me to one of our local Whole Foods in SF immediately upon our return from London - to get her fix of turkey, cranberry jelly and brussel sprouts !!