BBQ Dreamz: what next after My Million Pound Menu?


BBQ Dreamz

Five years ago, Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell borrowed £10,000 from friends and family to launch BBQ Dreamz – serving Filipino-inspired street food.

Now, fresh from their success on the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu, the Kerb regulars are bringing that Filipino culture to Bethnal Green with their new restaurant Bong Bong's Manila Kanteen. Local Buyers Club members save 15% (info here).

They’ve created a menu that’s full of aromatic, authentic Filipino dishes and a brilliant cocktail menu too – and every Sunday they’re going back to Lee’s roots with some good old karaoke.

We caught up with the Hackney couple to hear their remarkable story.

Lee said: “Sundays are amazing here – we call it the Double K Drop. To start with we have Kamayan, where we serve big plates of food for everyone to share and eat with their hands and we end the night with Karaoke, which is a massive thing in the Philippines. We love karaoke and play all the time – we even had karaoke at my grandmother’s funeral!”

When Lee isn’t on the mic (his go-to karaoke song is White Lines by Grandmaster Flash, while Sinead does a great rendition of The Real Slim Shady), he’s front of house in the restaurant and Sinead is cooking up magic in the kitchen – she’s self taught and has had some top tips from Lee’s mum Leah.