Belushi’s Shepherd’s Bush is a no-frills, sports-loving bar that attracts a happy, party-orientated crowd.
Step inside and the first thing you notice is the mass of colour everywhere – from the pop art-esque icons on the walls, including Audrey Hepburn and Muhammad Ali, to the flags of different nations on the ceiling. If you manage to grab a booth, you’ll be treated to your very own mini-flat screen TV, but if you’re not so lucky, two plasma flat screen TVs show all the action as well. Sturdy dark wooden tables and comfy soft leather chairs make this an easy place to hang out and a modest outdoor seating area can be found at the front, although you are on the incredibly busy Shepherd’s Bush roundabout so it’s not the most pleasant view.
With loud 80s rock and pop playing in the background during the early evening, it’s definitely a place for those who want to let loose after a hard day at work. Staff are happy to help and you can expect to find a mix of people – young groups of friends, work mates unwinding and older men who just want a good pint – all with one thing in common: they’re up for a good time.
The sharing platter (£9.95) has a little bit of most things from the starter menu but it’s a shame that the quality is not the best. The garlic bread is strong with flavour but the soggy bread soaked in oil makes it rather off-putting; the BBQ chicken wings have a sticky coating but the meat itself is dry; and the onion rings are sweet and crisp but, again, greasy. On a brighter note, the nachos and dips are moreish.
With a decent reputation for burgers, Belushi’s doesn’t disappoint on this front. The mushroom blue chicken burger (£8.90) is filled with a whole portobello mushroom, stilton and salad, with a dash of red onion marmalade, which all come together wonderfully – though a little more stilton wouldn’t go amiss. The Barcelona beef burger (£8.70) is piled high with its juicy thick patty clearly made from good quality mince. The thin slices of chorizo add enough smokiness and depth to the burger which is complimented by the salsa. All burgers are served in soft white floury baps along with a small bowl of chunky chips and a bog-standard salad.
For dessert, the key lime pie (£3.95) has a crumbly base and a real citrusy tang which is countered by the sweet meringue topping. The New York cheesecake (£4.25), however, is disappointing with its heavy filling and warm biscuit base.
Although cocktails take most of the space on the drinks menu, the Monte Verde Cabernet Sauvignon (£13.50 bottle) isn’t a bad choice to drink on its own or with a meal – it’s easy to drink and full of fruity notes.
The Last Word
Belushi’s Shepherd’s Bush is full of buzzing, chatty people, which makes for a lively the atmosphere and, although the food could be improved, the reasonable prices and the extensive range of drinks mean it’s a popular spot.