Based in South Kensington, Dirty Bones will operate as a traditional hotdog kiosk by day, with diners invited through a hidden door to enjoy a little more luxury in the evenings. The kiosk opened on Tuesday (14 January), while the restaurant will open from 6pm tonight.
The Dirty Bones menu was created by former Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen chef Ross Clark, who has developed a range of hotdogs using quality British meat, including the Brit – (served with treacle bacon, mature beer cheddar and English mustard); The Asian (served with kimchi relish, crispy seaweed and wasabi mayo), The Classic Yankee (served with yellow mustard, red ketchup and spring onions) and The Burger Dog.
Also on offer are ‘bones’ dishes of fried chicken in a spicy glaze and Boston Ribeye Steak with a signature Dirty Bones glaze, as well as diner-inspired sides such as triple fried fries, mac and cheese and charred padron peppers. Desserts, including Milk & Cookies and Coffee & Doughnut, also nod to diner culture.
Wine is available, but the focus is on cocktails, with several specials including the Dirty Bones Martini (olive oil washed Tanqueray, Lillet Blanc, Halidikili olives) and the Mutt’s Nuts (Woodford Reserve, cinnamon and vanilla infused maple syrup, Angostura bitters, lemon and apple juices).
The Dirty Bones concept was developed Rock EVC, a private fund set up to drive hospitality innovation and support young talent in the sector.
Hotdogs have undergone the same transformation as burgers over recent years, gaining popularity on the street food scene before making their way onto menus in restaurants and pubs.
Last August, Horizons Menurama survey revealed that hot dogs were the fastest-growing menu item in the UK, seeing an 85 per cent year-on-year uplift.
The report attributed this growth to 'the nation’s love of all-things-American', pointing out that pulled pork dishes, chicken wings and ribs have also seen significant growth.
However, it found that burgers remained the most frequently listed menu item, with 13 per cent year-on-year growth.