Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger recently opened up a new restaurant in Whitechapel, East of London. The opening of both restaurant ventures meant that all food & drink on the menu was 50% off on the first two opening days.
After wanting to visit Chicken Shop after loving Dirty Burger in Kentish Town, I couldn’t resist.
The interior is typical of that of many Soho House restaurants with a gritty, casual laid-back vibe.
First to arrive was our drinks and I decided to have a cheeky cocktail, Lily the Pink which consisted of Barcardi Gold and sherry with sweet notes from the strawberry, sugar syrup and finally, topped up with prosecco.
Since it was 50% off, it would have been rude not to take advantage of the great offer and we decided to order plenty of food.
The OH is a huge fan of chicken so we decided to order the whole chicken usually priced £15. It was the best deal at £7.50 and enough to fill both of us.
The chicken had been chargrilled and unfortunately, some of the chicken was burnt. Other than that the chicken was still moist, succulent but was lacking flavour in the skin. Thankfully there’s plenty of Chicken Shop own condiments such as hot sauce and a smokey sauce to drench the juicy chicken in.
The sides were our downfall and I think we went a little overboard. We ordered the coleslaw, corn on the cob and the avocado salad. It seems we were also given an extra side of onion fries…
The coleslaw was fresh, and had a light coating of mayonnaise and wasn’t at all bitter to compared to other home-made coleslaw I’ve tried in the past.
The corn on the cob came with an offer of added butter but we decided against this and were surprised to find that it wasn’t needed as the chargrilled smokey-ness was enough to flavour the corn.
The onion fries were the same as what we had at Dirty Burger and I still felt were a little too oily for my liking. However, the batter was crispy and seasoned wonderfully and there was plenty of onion inside.
The last side was the butter lettuce and avocado salad, which was my least favourite. The lettuce leaves were coated in too much dressing leaving a slimy texture and were too big to eat comfortably.
After we failed to consume the majority of the food, we (by that I mean I) couldn’t help but order dessert. The delicious smell of apple pie around the room was tempting but instead we played it safe and opted for the chocolate brownie. The brownie was disappointing with it being too dense and I instantly regretted not picking the apple pie.
Chicken Shop had its ups and downs in our dining experience but I can see the potential. It’s possible that the restaurant was going through a few kinks on their launch, and considering the joint is next door to Nando’s, I can see the restaurant staying just as popular (if not more) than its neighbour.
– Chicken Shop, Whitechapel