This week we’re super excited to tell you about our latest eat – The Chicken Shop. A trendy restaurant filled with wooden decor and porcelain chickens dotted around.There was an open kitchen where customers can see the chicken being cooked fresh to order on a rotisserie spit – with a bar area too! There was lively music being played in the background. Giving the feel of a posh nandos. A simple menu to match its simple name – after all what else would you order at a chicken shop?
We chose to sit at the bar to get the full action. We were so close the juices from the chopping of chicken got on our faces!
There’s quite a few branches dotted around London. We went to the Holborn branch. There’s no booking system and you only get a table if everyone is present. There’s a waiting area for the the early birds amongst your friends though, where they can enjoy a drink whilst they wait.
Enough talking, here’s what we ate:
Whole chicken (£19.00) – marinated over night in a peri-peri type rub, the free range chickens cooked lovingly on the open rotisserie spit fire. Parts of the chicken was cooked perfectly, but some parts were dry. The blackened chargrilled chicken skin was absolutely amazing (the only time you should eat those burnt bits). Once chopped and plated, the chef sprinkles a generous helping of rock salt and squeezes the juice from a wedge of lemon over the chicken. You then get two extra wedges of lemons to add more juice if you want. The chicken was good to have in its own juices. Or you could dip it in the two house sauces – hot and smokey. If you’re not good with spice, then don’t try the hot sauce – its got quite a kick to it! The smokey sauce wasn’t all that and you wouldn’t be missing out if you didn’t have it.
Crinkle cut fries (£4.50) – one of four sides on offer. Freshly fried to order and seasoned straight out of the fryer. Crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. Exactly how chips should be! Next time, we’ll definitely try out the other sides which included coleslaw, corn on the cob and a side salad. The corn is grilled next to the chicken and when served, the waiter comes with the herby melted butter and drizzles an amount to your liking. The side salad was freshly sliced avocado (we watched the chef prepare them on each order) with gem lettuce and a simple dressing – it was highly recommended and popular amongst the other customers there that night.
Apple pie (£5.00) – we were told that if we didn’t try the apple pie, it’d be as if we didn’t go to The Chicken Shop. We don’t disagree! Crispy buttery pastry, packed with a soft mushy apple filling. You could taste the cinnamon and sultanas. Served with quality vanilla ice cream, which complimented it well. The waiter comes to your table and scoops a big spoonful of the apple pie straight from the baking dish onto your plate. Subtle gestures that show the homely feel they want you to experience. This was an absolute pleasure to have and we’d come back just for this!
Chocolate brownie (£5.00) – crispy outside with a soft centre. Exactly how it should be. You might be thinking £5.00 for a chocolate brownie with some ice cream is steep. But this was no ordinary one, it was made with quality dark chocolate, filled with macadamia nuts and some dried fruits. The accompanying ice cream was a must to cut the luxuries.
Our overall experience at The Chicken Shop was really good and we’ve given it a yummy score of 4. It was only Monday, but every table was taken up. Which shows how popular it is. With such a simple menu, you’d expect the chicken to be cooked perfectly all round. But sadly it wasn’t. The desserts, however, saved the day. Service was also very good. Interesting fact that we found out was that on a good day, they’d sell about 300 chickens, in their Holborn branch alone!
So hopefully this has given you a good idea of what The Chicken Shop is all about. Check out our video to see our reaction to the food!