While in London for IMATS, Ray had given me the responsibility of finding places to eat during our time in the big smoke and when I discovered Bodean's BBQ in Covent Garden, I knew it was the place for us to go.

Described as a smokehouse and bbq restaurant serving ribs, burgers, steaks and more meaty goodness it sounded like everything we love in one place, I think it's any meat eaters idea of heaven! There's a wonderful aroma, which hits you as soon as you walk in, very similar to that Summery, meaty bbq smell, and a definite signal that there is good food being served.
The interior is decorated in the style of an old American saloon with wooden planked walls decorated with hanging skulls and retro beer trays, booth seating and a big bar serving a multitude of drinks. I was boring and opted for a pint of coke! 
Every table comes with it's own crate of sauces, steak knives and forks and even a roll of kitchen towel... You know that it means juicy, meaty business is about to happen when you see this on your table!

As we had been spending the majority of the weekend eating already, we didn't want to be too greedy, so opted to share the nacho chips starter; a basket of crisp nachos with what Ray described as 'really, really good' salsa on the side.
The basket was the perfect size to share between the two of us and nibble on until our mains came. I don't like salsa so I took it upon myself to try the sauces on the table as dips for mine; I would really recommend the Smoked Hickory BBQ sauce, it was tangy and smokey with a bit of a kick - delicious!
When it came to the main course I wasn't quite as shy! I couldn't resist ordering the Bodean's Famous Burnt Ends and Pulled Pork Combo; slow smoked chunks of beef brisket, served wet or dry (I opted for wet) with a light bbq sauce, served with pieces of pulled pork and chips, this really was a feast!
I did add a bit more sauce and some salt from the table to my food to add some more flavour as it was slightly bland, but I loved the Hickory sauce so much it was soon delicious. I would rather it came to the table like this than too saucy or smokey though, it's just down to personal taste.
The portion size was huge, and I sadly didn't manage to eat it all (as hard as I tried!)
Ray ordered the pulled pork deli sandwich, which also came with chips and coleslaw. 
Service was great from start to finish, staff were really attentive and made sure that our drinks were refilled and our plates were cleared despite the restaurant being incredibly busy. 

We left feeling very well fed and talking about what we're going to order next time we visit... I just wish I lived closer so that I could return sooner! When I do go back I'm going to make sure to save space for one of the American style desserts... The table next to us ordered the chocolate fudge brownie and the apple cobbler and they looked incredible!

You can find Bodean's restaurants all around London - Let me know if you give it a try.
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