Much like fashion, food trends come and go but there’s one culinary trend that has endured the test of time: take a bow the (not so) humble burger.
Which is why, here at Haute Time, we’re hyped about the arrival of BOBO Social – a new high-end burger and small plates dining concept that’s just opened its doors on Charlotte Street, aka London’s leading foodie destinations.
BOBO Social, the first solo project from talented operators Michael Benson and Jacinta Maddison, offers innovative dishes made with local British and seasonal ingredients in a bijou setting.
Benson boasts over 20 years experience in the restaurant industry with previous credits including Sticky Fingers, Palm Court Brasserie and Supperclub London. Meanwhile Jacinta has worked for 10 years in the media and advertising industry and brings a wealth of interior design knowledge to the concept. The pair have been friends for four years and share a mutual love for eating out: enter BOBO Social.
BOBO’s burger menu – expect a Lobster & crab burger, a Peanut butter burger, a Waygu burger with Ogleshield Cheese, Confit Shitake Mushrooms, and Truffle Shavings – is made with rare-breed beef from Sussex, such as Dexter, Longhorn and Red Lincoln. All burgers are be cooked in a Kopa charcoal oven which sears meat instantly at temperatures as high as 300°C, to ensure it retains it’s succulence. The oven burns Lumpwood Charcoal along with single species woods such as Cherry, English Plum and Hickory to ensure perfectly smoked meat every time.
For those not mad about meat, BOBO Social serves up a selection of small plates such as Sea Bass ceviche with pomegranate, chilli, chive and lime dressing, Fillet steak strips with avocado, chive and chipotle salsa topped with truffle shavings, British feta and marinated watermelon with heritage tomatoes, rocket and basil oil.
Meanwhile desserts include a White chocolate cheesecake with lemon and ginger, a Dark and milk chocolate mousse with salted caramel and an Elderflower & fresh strawberry jelly served with a splash of champagne. There’s also a range of indulgent dessert cocktails such as Rhubarb and custard and Apple crumble in a glass.
The term Bobo, short for Bourgeois Bohemian, denotes the combination of the free-spirited artistry of the Bohemian with the worldly ambitions of the Bourgeois lifestyle. Design features include a fresh white and grey theme with rustic oak farmhouse tables and benches, vintage lighting and splashes of pure decadence such as their beautiful trophy wine coolers.