American Dining at Boneyard Shoreditch:
Joining Pump Shoreditch (a food market on the site of an old petrol station) is this American-inspired diner, the latest venture from Robert Newmark (of Beach Blanket Babylon and West Thirty Six fame)
The overarching theme of this restaurant is a throwback to a typical Route 66 / Dirty Dancing Diner, which it mimics perfectly. The restaurant is made of a timber construction, with a feature exposed brick wall. The restaurant itself is split between an indoor section and a courtyard/outdoor section.
The indoor part of the restaurant has high tables with tall bar benches, there are five tables that each seat approximately 12 people. There is a huge fridge stocked with a vast variety of both artisan and proprietary bottled beer and a small selection of wine. There are large old-fashioned glass jars used as candle-holders on the tables and the ceiling lights are bare bulbs. Exposed bricks and solid wood gives a real rustic feel.
To perfectly match the Route 66 theme, there is a US-style menu to match.
Man food is the order of the day, and the portions are large. When I say large, I mean large, so do turn up starving or else be prepared to leave lots behind.
Burgers are the main staple, bone marrow burgers are just quite sensational, boneless burgers (veggie) and everything in-between, with hefty sides of crinkle-cut fries, crispy onion rings and chilli con carne crisp.
Obviously there are going to be ribs at such an establishment and these were smoked, had great depth of bourbon flavour, no need for knives or forks, the meat just falls off the bone. These were exceptional. Buttermilk chicken is also on the menu, and that is cooked to perfection. The outer casing is highly flavoured, which perfectly seals the chicken and makes the free range chicken middle, juicy and succulent. All this fantastically fresh, cooked to order and delivered very quickly.
Extra thick and fruity “proper old school” milkshakes are on the menu as are a number of exotic cocktails.
Boneyard offers a relaxed atmosphere, with great décor, lovely staff and tasty food.
Tip: the portion sizes are very generous so go hungry!
Address: Boneyard, 168 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU
Opening times: 11:00am – late Monday to Sunday