Harlem Soul (Formerly Boondocks) – City Road

Written by American, Burgers

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(Last Updated On: 4th May 2019)

Is Harlem Soul Halal? Harlem Soul is halal and was formerly known as Boondocks. Located 2 minutes from Old Street station – Harlem Soul is part of ‘Feed your Soul family’ by Bea Vo. Restaurants part of the family include the Butterscotch London, and the infamous Stax Diner at Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho.

Harlem Soul is serving soul food including the classic mac and cheese, tacos, shrimp, and fried chicken. Don’t worry, chicken and waffles are still on the menu from Boondocks and Stax Diner. If you haven’t tried it, you must!

We were invited to Harlem Soul to try out the Ramadan menu. A small, concise menu served with dates. The list is short consisting of chorizo bites or buttered corn for starters — a choice between a chicken, beef or vegan burger for the main. Every main is served with a side of fries. The dessert: three scoops of flavoured ice-cream or cheesecake. They plan to host iftar downstairs, where no alcohol will be served with a dedicated prayer room — all three courses priced at £22.50.

Starting with a Southern Quencher, we ordered fresh lemonade with raspberry and the Arnold Palmer.

Tasty Fresh Lemonade

The fresh lemonade with raspberry was brilliant with a sour lemonade flavour and a zingy kick. The Arnold Palmer is half lemonade and sweet ice tea. At first, you can taste a lot of the lemonade, and as you get lower into the drink, you feel the tea mixing in.

Chorizo Bites or Buttered Seasonal Corn?

Well, if you only had one choice, I would prompt you to go with the chorizo bites. Covered in breadcrumbs and looks like a falafel. However, when you bite into these beauts, the cheese oozes out, the spiciness and seasoning of the chorizo fly around your mouth. The chorizo bites also sit on a bed of smoked paprika yoghurt, perfect to go along with it.

Harlem Soul formerly Boondocks - Chorizo Bites

Soul Food Buttered Corn

The corn on the cob had lime and chilli butter around it. It was served with a wet seasoning.

The Moving Mountain – Vegan Burger

The moving mountain is a plant-based patty, served with dry house slaw, beetroot aioli, vegan cheese, baby gem, and tomato between a toasted vegan brioche. We found the moving mountain burger mimicked the texture of beef well. Squishy and almost meat-like. If you did not know it was beef, you would perhaps be fooled. The bun included.

Vegan Burger at Harlem Soul - The Moving Mountains Burger

The Crispy Chicken (sandwich) Burger

This humungous beast of a chicken burger! A juicy, succulent chicken thigh, covered in a crispy buttermilk batter. The crisp batter combined with the chicken thigh, house mayo, baby gem, tomato, pickle and the brioche bun was splendid. I would also like to mention the brioche bun on both the beef and chicken burger were, light, soft, fluffy and pleasant, with a touch of sweet.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken - Halal Soul Food at Old Street

The Classic Cheese Burger

This one was my favourite burger. A grilled beef patty, house mayo, crispy onions, pickle and American cheese on a toasted brioche bun. The simplicity of this burger was amazing. It reminded me of the times I had McDonald’s in the Middle East, only better. Every main comes with the skinny fries served at Harlem Soul. The chips hit the spot.

Classe Cheeseburger at Harlem Soul

The Dessert!

No 3-course meal can be without dessert. We went for the peanut butter cheesecake, made using Reese’s peanut butter cups! The cheesecake was a classic New York style baked cheesecake. With white chocolate and oreo cookie base, Reese’s pieces on top, layered with a delicious cream-a-licious layer and finished with standing Reese’s piece. I’m going to say that this has been the best peanut butter cheesecake I’ve ever had.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake by Harlem Soul

Flavoured Ice Cream with Oreos

The ice cream is served with three scoops. With different flavours to choose from. We went for coconut, banana and strawberries.

Harlem Soul also features every item from the Ramadan menu on their main menu. The change from Boondocks to Harlem Soul has been significant. I’ve got high hopes for the newly opened Harlem Soul on City Road, and I cannot wait to revisit them. The Ramadan menu will be featured during Ramadan at £22.50 per person.

Harlem Soul
  • 7.5/10
    Food - 7.5/10
  • 7/10
    Value - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Service - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Atmosphere - 7/10


– Fully halal menu
– Alcohol is present in the establishment

Harlem Soul

Location: 205 City Rd. Hoxton, London EC1V 1JN

Website: harlemsoul.co.uk

Book a table

To avoid disappointment during Ramadan, it's best to book a table for the day you plan to visit in advance.

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Last modified: 4th May 2019