When choosing where to go for lunch it can be difficult to strike a balance between Mr Silver’s love for a cheeky one at *that* chicken restaurant and my desire to try new and cool places.
So when we were invited down to try the new Chicken Shop in Crouch End, I though it would be a place that would accommodate both our needs. Plus Mr S never turns down the opportunity to have a chicken feast…
As soon as we entered that comforting smell of roast chicken dinner hit our noses and our eyes greedily took in the whole chickens turning on the spit.
There are already five branches of Chicken Shop in London and one in Chicago, but each one has a slightly different interior so that it’s not following a cookie cutter formula. I’ve actually not been to one before but ever the worshipper of chicken, Mr S was already a fan of the Highgate restaurant.
The interior made me think of a barnyard, simple and rustic with exposed brick and woodwork, the perfect place for a relaxed Saturday lunch. And clearly lots of other people had the same idea as the new restaurant was packed full.
The concept of Chicken Shop is a simple one; there’s only one thing on the menu and there’s no prizes for guessing what that is. Diners can order a whole, half or quarter chicken and then a choice of side dishes. Feeling peckish (groan), Mr S and I decided to order a whole chicken to share – though he boasted he could easily eat one to himself…
Our free range chicken came ready chopped, marinated and plump with juicy tender hunks of meat and lemon to add a kick. Trust me, chicken this good is something to tweet about…Already on the table we could choose from (very) hot sauce or smoky sauce. I like both but with a preference for smoky.
We decided to order all the side dishes available because as a food blogger, I like to cover all bases 😉
Tasty charred corn on the cob with the option of a drizzle of garlic butter.
The crispiest of crinkle cut fries…
And creamy coleslaw…
A butter lettuce and avocado salad was the only thing that I wasn’t quite so keen on, the leaves being a little wet. Now you may be wondering what all the fuss is about for a chicken restaurant? Well Chicken Shop comes from the people behind Soho House group, a company I really admire for their cool restaurants, exclusive private members clubs and beautiful hotels. Soho House Group just know how to do a simple concept well, such as Pizza East and Egg Break, and stamp personality, style and quirky flair on to each of their restaurants. Chicken Shop may be nothing fancy but the food is delicious and homely.
Speaking of which there is also the choice of three desserts, and I knew already that we would be going for a slice of the renowned apple pie…
Brought over whole so that you can select your appropriate level of greed…
Hot molten filling with a crisp sweet pastry and vanilla ice cream… the perfect end to comforting meal.
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0203 757 4848
I was invited to review.