I’m going through a serious rib phase… I never used to like them as thought they were always chewy and stringy, with hardly any meat, just bone and fat. Since being educated by the Foxlow shortrib a while back, I seem to be ordering them more and more, and was very happy to be invited to Boneyard to feast on some of theirs.
Part of the Pump Shoreditch street food market area on Shoreditch High Street, Boneyard is a mostly-wooden restaurant on the left hand side, with tables and benches and an outside ‘drinking area’ complete with hanging bulb type fairy lights and cactuses. I’d been told you’re not allowed to drink inside but we had plenty and it was fine! Maybe that’s the case if you don’t have food? It’s been open about 3 months and comes from those behind West Thirty Six and cocktail haven Beach Blanket Babylon, so some serious expertise.
We started with frozen porn star martinis which were lovely – tangy passion fruit and Prosecco, in little plastic cups yes, but tasty as their BBB older sibling versions.
The highlight of the food offering was undoubtedly the ribs. Huge and meaty, they were sticky slabs of tender pork that melted off the bone, with a BBQ sauce that wasn’t too sweet. I love coleslaw with ribs and smothered it all together to make a creamy, meaty, crunchy mess that was to die for.
The buttermilk chicken was less successful, a smidge too long in the fryer perhaps as the breast parts were a bit dry. Not sure how Bird manages it but they’re always so juicy there. But that green salad, with butter lettuce, big chunks of avocado and tangy, creamy mustard dressing was heaven, and perfect with the sticky, saucy ribs. Winner for Boneyard.
I also loved the chilli chips – latticed crisps covered in chilli con carne, with cheese and sour cream. The chilli was perfect, a touch of paprika and the ideal amount of spice.
The bone marrow burger was good, but couldn’t taste the marrow per se. It was juicy and moist though, not too big and the brioche wasn’t too sweet. We sampled the veggie burger too – not generally a fan but they were good. To be honest we were drowning in food, meat in particular and for that reason I paid so little attention to the poor veggie option I couldn’t even tell you what was in it.
It’s good value with burgers around the £7-8 mark, and ribs £5.50. They also have a Christmas burger throughout December, with a free-range Turkey patty and crispy bacon alongside stuffing with rosemary, thyme, sage and chestnuts. It also boasts sprouts, lashings of cranberry sauce, mustard mayonnaise, smoked cheddar cheese, pickled red cabbage and shredded lettuce, with gravy for dunking. We didn’t have it this time but definitely wouldn’t say no!
It’s a great venue, all the staff are so friendly and it’s ideal for a casual bite pre-drinking or a quick after-work beer. It’s not perhaps the most cosy and comfy venue, but that’s not it’s personality. Pop into Boneyard for cocktails and for God’s sake, have the ribs.
* We were guests of Boneyard. Pics courtesy of venue via Purple PR.