Chefs using better quality birds, served with creative sauces and sides, are wowing London’s foodie crowd. We’ve found the places elevating the humble bird to high-flying standards.
Words Hannah Hopkins
BIRD, various locations
Boasting that they ‘serve the best free range fried chicken you’ve ever tasted’, BIRD’s range of deep-fried poultry covers burgers, chicken & waffles and fried chicken skillets (think posh chicken nuggets) along with a delectable range of glazes and dips, fries and sides. Those with a sweet tooth will also enjoy their ‘Doughnut Hatch’, where hot and fresh doughnuts with different glazes are served daily.
Chick ‘n’ Sours, Kingsland
A local fried chicken shop (but not as you know it), Chick ‘n’ Sours scores major comfort-food points with its whimsical menu of herb-fed fried chicken, next-level sides, and soft-serve ice cream creations, best washed down with sour cocktails and local beers.
Chicken Shop, various locations
Chicken Shop serves rotisserie chickens that are marinated overnight, steamed and then spit-roasted over charcoal. Choose from quarter, half or whole chickens, au naturale or smothered in a smokey or hot sauce.
Cocotte, Notting Hill
Another ‘healthy’ rotisserie restaurant, this time in Notting Hill. Tuck into succulent roast chickens, marinated fro 24-hours with a secret recipe of herbs and spices, served with potatoes roasted in chicken dripping (yes, please), truffle mac & cheese and mashed potato. For a truly waistline-friendly meal, enjoy your chicken with salad or vegetables.
Masterchef finalists Billy Wright and Jack Layer are the brains behind this new ethical chicken restaurant in Islington. Having already launched a successful outpost in Brighton, this London-based eaterie will offer a ‘beak to feet’ menu that looks mouth-watering.
Mark Hix’s chicken-and-steak restaurant is housed within a former East End tram-generator building – it even packs in a cow installation by Damien Hirst. The chicken is designed to share, along with sides, dips and puddings.
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