Review: Blue Tomato Reviews Bunnychow

Blue Tomato is a review platform which gives its readers the opportunity to have their say in what they think of various eateries, events and more. Last week, Blue Tomato visited Bunnychow, a company which is part of the Shanti Hospitality Group and owned by super cool Bunny entrepreneur, Atholl Milton.

So what did they think of the South African cuisine which is currently cruising round Shoreditch? Lets find out…

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Review

Taste the diversity. In a week I ate Chateubriand at George Clooney’s favourite London dining room (Berners Street Tavern), devilled kidneys in a re-invented gastro boozer (Ape & Bird) and fruits de mer in a fish restaurant that has heroically refused to leave the 1970s, tonight I am chowing down ‘a bunny’ in a shipping container. Welcome to London. Welcome to Shoreditch. Welcome to Bunny Chow.

Outside there is some sort of deafening turntable beats war taking place. Battered by basslines we enter the bunny’s lair.  In an age, and part of London where if I put practically anything in a bap and gave it an ironic streety name, people would buy it, and get themselves tattooed on Instagram while eating it, Bunny Chow, have travelled the now de rigeur street food pop-up entry route of roving van now has semi-permanent home, albeit a packing container corrugated steel. Not quite the streets of Durban…

Born in 1940s South Africa, bunnies – basically a bap meets a small loaf, hollowed out and packed with something meaty and filling – were invented on Natal plantations as an alternative to the roti. Much like the gestation of the Cornish pasty for Cornish mine workers, lunch and its edible casing have become one.

So my Monkey Gland bunny, beefy meatballs in a distinctly south African sauce topped with a mix of peppers, onions and coriander comes from a mini-menu of loafettes filled with haddock chowders, Bunny Dog – sausage, ginger chicken and a not-very-authentic? pizza bunny. Washed down with boutique bottled ales, ciders and juices this bunny is a fresh, substantial, good value, ‘real’ food and despite being (ironically) housed like an urban sardine in a big tin, this is as much a decent full meal as roadside snack. Think of Bunny Chow as the antidote to Subway – in many ways the same ingredients colliding in a distinctly fresher more creative fashion. Dressed up of course in hipper threads.