Famous Flames has closed down*
After the success of the Stax Diner and Boondocks, Bea Vo has recently launched another establishment, the Famous Flames (and Butterscotch cake shop). For Famous Flames, it’s more of a fast-food style restaurant, located right by the Camden Town tube station on Kentish Town Road.
The shop is a relatively tiny space, adorned with neon lights to create a buzzy atmosphere. While Stax Diner and Boondocks share a pretty similar menu, the Famous Flames menu specializes in wings and flame-grilled burgers. It’s still the classic American ‘feed your soul’ theme but fast-food style!
All meats served are halal at Famous Flames.
The Famous Flames opened its doors in late February. My first taste of them is through a foodie social media event hosted at Boondocks where Bea has kindly included a selection of wings from the Famous Flames menu to cater for the event. The wings were finger-licking good and certainly left a positive impression. When it comes to the Famous Flames launch party, I had zero hesitation in accepting that invitation.
The Famous Flames Cheeseburger (£5.50 for single patty / £7.50 double / £9 triple)
While both Stax Diner and Boondocks serve thick gourmet burgers, it’s a thinner patty here to go with the whole fast-food theme. Nevertheless, the flavours were just as great. The beef has been dry-aged for 28 days and flame-grilled to perfection that’s juicy and flavourful. Instead of the usual brioche burger bun, they used Martin’s Potato Rolls (the same buns as Shake Shack), which was nicely fluffy and squidgy. The burger is also served with lettuce, tomato, American cheese and mayo.
Wings (£5.50 for 6 / £10 for 12)
I mentioned wings above so, of course, we were here for wings. For the launch party, we’re given a box of 6 wings and we got to try out one of each flavour on the menu, which are:
- Garlic Parmesan (roasted garlic, butter, herbs & parmesan)
- Saigon Caramel (fish sauce, brown sugar, fried garlic & chilli oil)
- Classic Buffalo
- General Tso’s (soy, sesame, garlic & red chilli)
- Chipotle Honey Habanero BBQ (smoked chipotle, honey & coriander)
- Nashville Hot (cayenne, butter, brown sugar, garlic)
Each flavour was absolutely saucy and finger-licking enjoyable. Every single one of them carried an explosion of delectable flavours and their own unique distinct taste. My favourite got to be the Garlic Parmesan one – the flavours were just absolutely on point. Personally, I would also highly recommend the Saigon Caramel and General Tso’s wings. Perhaps it’s my Asian background that led me to incline to these two flavours but they were inherently unique and different from your typical wings.
To sum up, this has certainly been a fun experience. On top of the great food, I also absolutely loved the vibe there. The old school hip hop playlist definitely makes the perfect setting and fits well with their theme. I wish there could be more seating and wider space as it felt a little bit crammed. But apart from that, definitely go check this place out!
Nearest Station: Camden Town