I must have walked past The Boneyard LE1 restaurant at least a zillion times in the past year and overlooked it. Maybe it was the name, maybe the décor or maybe that it created memories in my head of a bunch of ‘caveman’ like blokes sat around gnawing at bits of meat and guzzling pitchers of beer! Alas, a recent visit on Boneyards LE1 official launch night, soon had my distorted views of this reformed and back on the path of normality!
The name to me suggested, an establishment for predominantly carnivorous kinds but after scanning through the menu and speaking to the waiting staff, it was apparent that there were options open to Veggies and like myself pescatarians. Meat still plays a huge part on the menu and hence I decided to take Dr C along with me! It was at this point I thought of reviewing the place from a pescatarian versus carnivore perspective.
The concept of Boneyard came from 2 friends who walked to school together as kids and then came back together many years later, following pursuing different things to form this eatery, It has a prime location in Granby Street in Leicester City Centre.
There is an element of American diner about Boneyard but with a pretty special twist of fusion intertwining the very fashionable concept of basic street food. The Boneyard team have innovatively taken ingredients used in pitt cooking and combined them with Asian and Caribbean foods thus creating their very own unique flavour which they call ‘SPIKE’.
After hosting pop-up events which gave the team great confidence it could be a roaring success they based themselves in an attractive city centre location benefitting from a lot of foot fall. This is a business partnership of mixed race and culture and regular readers will know that is a point that resonates with Dr C and I. Leicester is a city proud of its multicultural background and future and this is something which is standout with Boneyard.
THE BONEYARD LE1 INTERIOR
The interiors of the restaurant gives off industrial minimalist vibes featuring graffiti artwork and grey walls.
TIME TO GET NOSHING
OK first things first, I’ll warn you about some of the risqué names of the dishes but I’m sure after a drink or two they won’t seem half as bad as you originally imagined! But be prepared to answer some awkward questions from the little people in your life, if they can read and are let loose on the menu!!
When it came to drinks, we went with the recommendation of our waiter. I chose the rum and ginger ale concoction, Dark and Stormy and Dr C very surprisingly went for a Pornstar Martini! I know, I was a little shocked, but sometimes you gotta just roll with it right!
On to the starters, I chose the grilled halloumi (or squeaky cheese as I call it) with spike sauce, pickles and coriander. Dr C, after much contemplation chose not one but two starters; pork stretching’s warmed with Slaughter sauce and garnished with coriander and chilli. His second starter was lamb chops marinated in yoghurt and a spice blend, cooked in Boneyard’s clay oven and served with pickles, coriander, chilli and harissa. Dr C can vouch that these were not just any old pork scratchings but had been revolutionised for the twenty-first century!
Acquiring a taste for style of cooking at Boneyard LE1 now, I was intrigued to start on the mains. Being a pescatarian and upon recommendation of one of the owners, I had to try the ‘Fishnets and Stilletos, pieces of cod in a spicy batter and deep fried to perfection, served in an open flatbread with coleslaw. Again Dr C had the meat equivalent named Lamb Snatch! The lamb was slowly cooked in a mix of Moroccan spices.
Dr C with his incredibly sweet tooth could not resist but try one of the desserts, raspberry deconstructed cheesecake served in a glass.
The evening was rounded off quite nicely with the Leicester City Tigers Rugby Team dropping in for some food and photo opportunities! Being fans of Rugby this I guess was the cherry on the cake!
If you are eating here on Friday and Saturday nights, then you’ll be entertained with some tunes to get you in the mood for the weekend by the DJ, located at the front of the restaurant!
So yes, I will admit that I was wrong about this place. Although it’s marketed as something that could be aimed more towards the lads, there is a lot available for us ladies. Additionally from a pescatrians point of view, I really enjoyed what I had and there are quite a few veggie, gluten free, fish options as well as meat selections.
Boneyard LEI provides, casual, spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous, proper get stuck in with your hands kind of dining. So what are you waiting for, why not try it for yourself?!
5 Granby Street
Tel: 0116 255 5991
Disclaimer: Our meal at Boneyard LE1 was complimentary but all opinions and views as always are my own.
Have you tried Boneyard LE1 and what were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.
Until the next time…
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