Forget burrito bars, burger vans and sushi places, London is set to get its first ‘bunny bar’ serving up little ‘loafs’ filled with big global flavours.
Bunnychow lands on Wardour Street, Soho in late September and serving from breakfast until late, seven days a week.
We love the name but what IS a bunnychow??
Well…the original bunny chow hails from Durban, South Africa, when sugar plantation workers in the 1940s were seeking a sturdy and portable solution for their lunchtime curry; they created what is arguably the world’s earliest edible lunch box by taking a white loaf, hollowing it out and filling it with a hearty mutton or bean curry. The idea of cramming great food into a edible vessel inspired Atholl Milton of bunnychow and from there, the idea of the modern bunny chow was born.
Each ‘bunny’, and there are six of them on offer in BC’s Soho store, is packed to the brim with freshly made sauces, locally supplied meat and veg and is topped off with crunchy slaws and homemade pickles. Each bunny has evolved over the last year thanks to input from customers and fans from the bunnychow truck and pop-up. You might remember our post about the bunnychow pop up at Boxpark launched back in November 2013.
Opening on the 29th September, the first ‘bunny bar’ has evolved out of the original bunnychow truck and pop-up at Boxpark, Shoreditch. There will be a selection of six ‘bunnys’ on offer each day, priced between £4.50 and £6.50, as well as the bunnychow take on breakfast and regular sub sandwiches.
The signature ‘Monkey Gland Bunny’ pays homage to monkey gland sauce, a condiment traditionally served in South African restaurants; the Monkey Gland Bunny combines handmade meatballs in a sharp BBQ style sauce with peppers and fresh chili. Inspired by the flavours of South East Asia the ‘Bangcluck Bunny’ combines chicken and beansprouts in a Thai ginger sauce, topped with a veg slaw. New to the menu is the ‘Pork n’ Pickle Bunny’ that has been trialed at Boxpark, blending slow roasted pulled pork with chef’s mini pickled veggies.
Open from breakfast until late in the evening, the ‘bunny bar’ opens at 7:30am, serving a very British, ‘Full English Bunny’ in a brioche loaf jam packed with breakfast favourites: mini Cumberland sausages, bacon and bunnychows’ own handmade black pudding and baked beans, crowned with a poached egg. For something a bit punchier there is the ‘Huevos Ranchero Bunny’ a loaf filled with scrambled eggs, chorizo, black beans, chili and fresh salsa. Daily, freshly squeezed juices kick those fuzzy heads into touch like the alcohol-free Beetroot Bloody Mary and Cucumber Mojito.
And the twist…..!
On the 29th, 30th and selected other days throughout the first month, customers will be able to use social currency to pay for their food!
A tweet, a photo or a video on social media can all be traded in for ‘bunnys’ and other items by using the hashtag #sohochowdown
We love stuff like this and bet the bunnys will be flying out the door on those days!
Find a bunny… 74 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TE