When it comes to food, I’m all for lovely posh dinners and sipping champagne – but at the end of the day, it takes an awful lot to beat a loaded hot dog and a side of fries for satisfaction. Throw in a side of mushroom mac and cheese…and I’m in heaven. Which is essentially where I was when I read the menu for Honky Tonk Chelsea. Brimful of all things Deep South (I’ve mentioned before how I have a major soft spot for anything deep south themed) plus a few little British touches (their tag line is ‘American Flavour, British Behaviour) – this part diner/part restaurant was exactly my sort of place when I headed there for a bit of a date night blow-out recently.
Honky Tonk, Chelsea is a few minutes walk from Earls Court tube – on Hollywood Road, which seems a perfect place for something with so many US diner style touches. The interior is quite a cool set up – partly diner style with benches and booths, but also feels clean and modern at the same time. The ‘house rules’ are emblazoned on the wall and menu…and personally I do have to agree with number one…
Order wise, I went for the nachos – not the prettiest to photograph but these were truly loaded with a ton of cheese, plus healthy sized dollops of guac, salsa and sour cream. Guilt inducing, but delicious. Ollie went for the Craw Daddy Crab Cakes and I had a bit of food envy on trying them. The sweetcorn relish that comes with them has a touch of a kick and I loved the combination with the crab cakes.
For mains Ollie opted for the Chilli Dog with a side of Onion Rings (he can never resist an onion ring) and I went for the Not Fried Chicken with a side of mushroom mac and cheese (I can never resist mac and cheese). Both came with fries as standard – score. Now, the Not Fried Chicken – how to explain is a challenge. Basically, it was four chunks of chicken (a bit much for me, think I finished two) that are baked in a special coating that basically makes it feel/taste like fried – but they’re a touch healthier?! The topping is lovely and crispy and comes with a a side of apple slaw – nice and sweet and matches well with the chicken and fries combo. The Chilli Dog looked darn tasty but I was too busy tackling my mound of chicken to tuck in, but have it on good authority that it was delicious.
To go with our food-feast we also had a couple of cocktails – Ollie opted for the Mint Julep, a deep South favourite and I went for The Wibble – mostly for the name, but also because it sounded yummy. It was and we took full advantage of the happy hour two for one.
Finally we finished off with some ice cream and frozen yoghurt for desert – not the most wildly exciting but it was a hot day and wanted something refreshing following eating ALL THE FOOD.
It was a fun date night and the combination of cool setting and US style comfort food is always a winner for me – I’d now just like it if they would open one in my neck of the woods (Angel). Especially since they just started doing home delivery in the Chelsea ares where they are based now… home delivery mac and cheese?! Yes please!
For more info: www.honkytonklondon.com
I was a guest of Honky Tonk Chelsea