I was at a slight loss as to where to go for lunch on a day off. So, who else better to consult than fellow Boozybunchers. A quick group chat on Whatsapp and I was sent off to Kingly Court in Soho.
Kingly Court is a 2 storeyed gastronomic destination located at the southern end of Carnaby Street. There is an interesting variety of eateries offering everything from Japanese to Peruvian food via Neapolitan pizza.
I felt in the mood for fried chicken and the climb to Dirty Bones on the second floor convinced me that I’d worked hard enough to justify the calories.
The service was prompt and friendly. I had a good chat to the maitre d’ and found out some interesting things about the food at this restaurant. The menu is high-end American diner.
I ordered a half pile of the crispy fried chicken, cooked in my favourite spiced buttermilk coating. I also had a side of mac & cheese. To finish off my American style meal, I had a milkshake, one of my guilty pleasures in life.
Discounting the calories, a proper milkshake is fantastic. I chose Shadow, made from malted milk and chocolate ice cream, milk, Oreo and chocolate sauce. It was wonderfully thick, velvety and chocolatey.
When I ordered my chicken, the waitress warned me that the meat would be pink on the inside. My half pile consisted of a breast and a drumstick. The meat, especially the breast, was moist and succulent with an even coating of crispy breadcrumbs. I was curious as to how they achieved this and a quick chat to the maitre d’ confirmed my suspicions. It was cooked sous vide – in a temperature controlled water bath, more usually seen in fine dining restaurants than a diner. He confirmed that they have an ex-Fat Duck chef in the kitchen.
Even the humble mac & cheese gets a posh makeover. The macaroni is paired with stringy cheddar and cream cheese sauce enhanced with a secret spice mix and topped with butter toasted Panko breadcrumbs. You know it’s yummy just from the description.
My report about the food at Dirty Bones already has the rest of the Boozy Bunch planning a Boozy Brunch there.
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: Expect to pay about £20 a head
Top floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, London W1B 5PW