Without meaning to distract you from that salad you’ve got lined up, here’s three much better looking lunch alternatives to be found in Fitzrovia. It’s time to beat those January blues with a Scottish feast at Mac & Wild, eat pizza has big as your dining room table at Homeslice or get experimental with burgers at Bobo Social.
Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild are the makers of the mouthwatering Veni-Moo burger. That’s one venison patty, one beef patty, béarnaise cheese and caramelised onion in a brioche bun sprinkled with sesame seeds. Fortunately it’s as incredible as it sounds, patties arrive pink with cheese smothering every corner. For starter make sure you order the bread, freshly baked sourdough with whipped butter. The fish sticks are meaty and also make a nice appetiser.
With Mac & Wild only around the corner from my office, the general consensus from colleagues and friends alike is – awesome food, average service. Many have been granted discount for slow service, the kitchen is small so if you’re a table of 3 or more do expect to wait.
Having only visited Homeslice’s Covent Garden location once before, since opening their second home on Wells Street I’ve already managed to work my way through the entire menu. Why? Because it’s so good!
Go 50/50 on a 20 inch pizza or grab a slice of the Margherita, Salami or Mushroom to go. The Goat Shoulder with Savoy Cabbage & Sumac Yoghurt is my absolute fav, with the Pumpkin, Broccoli, Pecorino and Crispy Onions in second place. The Caprese is as fresh and juicy as any Caprese should be, scattered with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, red onion and basil.
Wine is delivered to the table in a magnum which is measured with a long wooden ruler so that once you’ve finished they know how much to charge you for. Arrive at midday to guarantee a table for lunch or be prepared to put your name and number down in the evening to secure a place at dinner.
Bobo Social joins other well reviewed eateries along Charlotte Street that bizarrely also begin with the letter B, such as Barnyard, Bi Bim Bap and Bubbledogs. A strong contender in the competition for London’s best burger, Bobo Social can be found in a townhouse which looks more like an elegant home than a restaurant.
The Lobster and Crab burger comes smothered in a dill caper cream with wasabi fried onions, and the chef’s special of ‘Beef on Beef’ came with fillet steak strips on a 6oz rare-breed beef. Served with lettuce, tomato and a honey mustard glaze it was a salty, juicy delight. For any PBJ fans out there, then the signature Peanut Butter burger is not to be missed, with Westcombe Cheddar and Maple Cured Bacon.
To top things off, Bobo Social hosts their own Experimental Burger classes – every Monday and Saturday. Guests get to enjoy a welcome cocktail, meat tasting, wine pairings and even get to create their own burger using exotic meats like Kangaroo, Alligator, and Ostrich.
For more Fitzrovia Favourites, check out my review of salt beef extraordinaire Delancey & Co, Italian pizza joint ICCo and southern-fried chicken at The Green Man.