Restaurant Review: BOBO Social
Nestled charmingly into the northern half of Charlotte Street, BOBO Social is a highly contemporary burger joint, seemingly serving as the well-to-do’s polar opposite to your local fast food grotto. The restaurant itself is pleasantly bijou, having the feel of a gentrified Victorian-era parlour decked out with modern furniture and lighting.
Monday night plays host to the Experimental Burger Society, concealed below ground in what BOBO has excitingly labelled its very own Science Laboratory. Head chef Chris Large, revered in the burger underworld as the mad creator of the most expensive burger ever, ebulliently plays the role of nutty professor, presenter and performer, passionately guiding the table of students in their efforts to craft a delectable blend of meats from an untamed safari selection.
While I was there, zebra and camel were the hunter’s offering, but kangaroo, alligator and ostrich have also been known to grace the Society’s tables.
The workshop was exceptionally enjoyable and hands-on. The excitable curiosity of a school chemistry classroom could be savoured in the ambience as the students, each provided with a scale, a measuring board and a pair of goggles, enthusiastically engineered their own unique burgers and salsa dips. Should you top the class, you’ll be keen to return and witness your very own bespoke burger on the menu – an innovative reminder of an unforgettable evening.
The tone of the night was boisterous, affable and edifying – a worthy dating ground which will ensure that no small talk or awkwardness tarnishes the evening, with both parties sure to have a whale (a meat that would by no means be out of place on the menu) of a time!