I was intrigued. Dirty Bones sounded like something naughty, secretive and debaucherous.
When I reached the entrance and realised we were heading underground, my thoughts started to become a realisation.
For the life of me, I can’t remember where I heard about Dirty Bones. Probably through another blogger. I’m so glad I did though.
You walk down a red lit staircase, that wouldn’t look out of place in the Red-light District of Amsterdam, and into a fabulous lounge area with a bar and vintage arcade games in the corners.
If you’re not greeted by a friendly smile and huge welcome, you’re probably in the wrong place!
The interior looks like something out of the Austin Powers film, minus the shag carpets. Lights hang from every space, neatly dimmed to create a cosy atmosphere, and bookcases line the walls.
The menu is simple and you are guaranteed to want to lick your fingers. The Gentleman made an executive decision and the food was ordered. Two different hot dogs with three sides;
The Brit Dog – Treacle Bacon, Mature Beer Cheddar, Curried Gherkins, and English Mustard.
All served on a rather shiny platter too – silver service all the way at this place!
The Mexican – Pulled Pork, Cactus Salsa, Lime Sour Cream and Guacamole.
We split them right down the middle and had half each so we could each deliberate on which we liked best.
The dirty winner was the Brit Dog. Are we biased? Perhaps.
We couldn’t have a dog without some fabulous sides;
Mac & Cheese – gorgeously creamy with a scrummy crunchy topping and soft pasta pieces.
Triple Cooked Fries – Bold statement: these are possibly THE BEST I’ve ever had!
Collard Greens – These were amazing. They use seasonal greens, so I guess it changes throughout the year. We had chopped Curly Kale sauteed with caramelised onions, tabasco sauce and confit garlic. I will definitely try to recreate these!
We couldn’t let all that slip down without a tasty drink and I never pass up an opportunity for a cocktail!
Top Dog for me – Vodka, Strawberry, Chambord & Lemon, Jeio Prosecco. Tasty and beautiful, served long for extra refreshment.
The Down Boy! for him – Somerset Cider Brandy, Kamm & Sons Ginseng Spirit, San Pellegrino Limonata, Ginger and Brooklyn Lager. Unfortunately he didn’t enjoy it as much as he thought he would and it wasn’t the most photogenic, but he drank it all the same.
We definitely had our fill, so decided against Milk and Cookies or Coffee and a Doughnut for pudding, but how perfect are either of them for an after meal snack/nightcap?
Alex, our host for the evening, was absolutely brilliant. The food was served quickly, drinks punctual and we had his full attention all evening.
My only problem with the restaurant, was the fact that it was empty when we arrived (fine) but when about the third couple arrived, they were sat directly next to us. That’s one thing I can’t stand in restaurants when there are numerous other tables free. Besides that small point though, it really was such a lovely evening.
I highly recommend booking a table as soon as possible. You can even just head there for a drink or two, this is perfect first date territory!
We decided to grab a drink after, at Bodos Schloss (awful website!) as we’d been meaning to head there for a while but never quite made it.
One drink turned into two, two to three, three to shots and before we knew it, it was 1.30am. Oops. I’ll definitely head back to Bodos and do a post on it as it is too much fun not to!