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Monday, February 24, 2014

Bunnychow

South African
Shoreditch

South African food is not as commonplace in London as you might think, so Bunnychow’s expansion from event and street truck to pop-up diner was immediately of interest. The diner sits in the Boxpark: an urban culture-port housing East-end-chic stores, restaurants and bars just off Shoreditch High Street. There’s a bustling and lively feel to the place, adjacent to a tailor and a gaming pop-up, offering what we believe to be a welcoming street-food atmosphere.

Bunnychow takes its name from its signature dish: a hollowed out piece of bread with a saucy filling, the origins of which trace back to the Indian migrant community of Durban during the 1940s looking to keep their lunch intact at work. Henceforth, the bunnychow was born.

An interesting menu boasts a unique range of fillings, from traditional dishes such as the Monkey Gland Meatball or the Flat (Bobotie) Burger, to more European or Italian style dishes with salami and mozzarella. Whilst none were made with ‘real’ monkeys, Monkey Gland Meatball had to be sampled and did not disappoint. Fresh, crunchy vegetables and juicy meatballs were an indicator that these guys care about the quality of their food. The artisan bread was too, a delightful experience, soaking up the sauce to leave an almost nostalgic feeling you only get from home-cooked food.

The Ginger Chicken bunny (a Thai spin on the Bunnychow classic) was equally tasty - an unusual combination, but it worked really well. As with any good Thai food, the quality of the ingredients shone through.

Bunnychow is a great little diner, serving up great quality, unique food perfect for a hearty lunch or evening bite to eat. My guest and I left very happy ‘bunnies’.

Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

Average price of a bunny: £6
Food/Drink: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value: 4/5

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