Cookhouse Joe, Soho, London.
Looking for places to eat in London? Cookhouse Joe is one of my favourite restaurants in London; I came across it about 6 months ago when walking past it on Berwick St with a friend. We made not that we wanted to go and try it out, a week later we did.
The restaurant is split over two floors, the downstairs is cramped but it isn’t a negative. The staff are friendly and everyone is so happy to be stuffing their faces with chicken that it just kind of feels like a massive family meal out.
The interior is the classic new-old design of exposed brickwork and eclectic furniture making it warm and inviting. The large stage lighting throws flashes of light on the walls around, seemingly paying homage to the theatrics of Soho’s clientele.
I now go to Cookhouse Joe anywhere up to weekly. This is how good this place is. The first thing that strikes you when you sit down is how reasonable the food prices are. We went during lunch the first time and you can get a chicken wrap and chips for £5. FIVE ENGLISH – IN LONDON – IN CENTRAL LONDON! Unheard of.
In the evening the menu changes with the wraps no longer available, and instead there is a heart range of chicken dishes, burgers and veggie options. I’ve pretty much had everything now. My favourites are the classic and lamb Kofta burgers, the signature half chicken and a side of halloumi. Burgers will set you back £8 while chicken ranges from £5-13. The halloumi side seemed pricey at £5, and then a huge board of 4 massive chunks came out with flatbread. OK, not so pricey.
The drinks offering is pretty standard, but they do have some great happy hours with a large jug of Pimms going down a treat for £10 (usually £15) and prosecco Wednesdays where a bottle will only cost £10.
If you’re in town and looking for a quick bite, or you’re after somewhere to set the night of right before going out, then Cookhouse Joe is the place for you. I can’t recommend it enough. Since first visiting I have been championing it hard on social to the point where I bumped into a friend there who was in the middle of taking his friend to Cookhouse Joe and had been telling him about how much I loved it and had introduced him to it.
55 Berwick Street