Bó Drake — London, UK
From an intimate nook on London’s Greek Street, Bó Drake takes diners on an explosive culinary journey through East Asia, Mexico and California, led by chef and restaurateur Jan Lee. Lee — influenced by the Chinese food he grew up on — is joined by Mexican and Californian head chef Heath McDonald, whose reverence for America’s West Coast street truck movement is evident throughout. Meanwhile Lee’s Korean wife Jae, has led Bó Drake’s penchant for innovative pickling methods. A former student at the Glasgow School of Art, Lee’s vision extends beyond the kitchen: working with local building firm Hexagon Construction, the Scot also had a hand in the design of the long space, which has expansive industrial-styled black steel windows and exposed ducts. At the front of the restaurant pendant lighting, blackboard specials and a seated bar bring warmth amongst a series of snug low-level tables.