Vegetarians seem to like their cheese and why not. I happily went to my friends baby shower and they graced us with barbecued delight with halloumi, paneer and peppers, veggie burgers and even a chocolate fountain. A new type of baby shower and I like it this way. Thank you to Reena and Jay for all the goodness.
The baby shower was the start of my night and it continued from there with cocktails and a burger of course. In between this at Bukowski Grill my friend took on the chicken wing challenge. The challenge is as epic as the Man V Food challenges you see on TV and this was One Man Versus 4 Spicy Chicken Wings; no time limit and if he managed to eat them all, they would be free. AMAZING.
I had a bite of one wing, as my brothers and I ordered our own portion and they were very, very spicy and painful. Well done Mr Oran for completing the challenge, the spice of the wings for me was unbearable and having one and a half was enough for me.
Bukowski Grill: What would you like to know?
Well, they serve Burgers, Ribs,Steaks and other "modern American classics' in their charcoal grill. Serve this alongside Craft Beers and cocktails and they have successful driven couples and groups to the restaurant and now they have three branches in London alone. A sign of success I say.
I did my research before I arrived and I was surprised to see that their burgers were highly recommended, just because you do not see it on many peoples lists of best burgers. However, I decided that i was to try their burger regardless of the waitresses recommendations. Her recommendation was for the Short Rib, which my brothers and Mr Oran ordered. These came with tobacco onions, which were crispy onion pieces. The ribs were very tasty and although I only had one bite, this was enough to make me feel slightly jealous and upset at not ordering them. The rib was smokey, tender and juicy and the boys were stuffed and happy.
The victor of the challenge Oran, provides his views on Bukowski:
The burger I ordered was the Fat Gringo, which appealed to me for two reasons. ONE - candied Bacon. TWO - Jalapeno Mustard. Both of those together with a medium patty, just sound too good to turn down. Looking back at the burger picture above, I can see now that it was just too much for me. I don't know if it was the chicken wings, alcohol or probably all the food at the veggie BBQ from before, but i could not finish it off. The patty was nice and thick and the bacon too was monstrous. This beast was tasty and moorish but I failed to eat more than three quarters, i was stuffed. With the beef dripping potatoes as a side too I managed to get all the flavours on my taste buds but I just couldn't eat much more. In this way, Bukowski delivers on its aim of serving American food, flavour and portion size. CHECK.
Man V Food = Man Always wins.
Well 1 out of 4 defeated the challenge and that is good enough.
Good wings, beef ribs that were very pleasant and a beast of a burger. I will be going back, because the burger got the better of me and I need to conquer it next time. Good to see that the venue is expanding its presence in London. Not overly expensive and if you are brave enough, try and tackle the Wing challenge.