Located in Kentish Town, Tooting and Whitechapel, Chicken Shop serves up delicious, marinated, free-range birds from a farm in Norfolk. These are cooked overnight, steamed and then laid over a charcoal flame on their custom rotisserie … the result? Succulent chicken that falls off the bone with a distinct smokey taste.
Located under the grungy Dirty Burger and the bustling Pizza East in the eclectic area of Kentish Town, the blink-and-you-may-miss-it entrance to Chicken Shop has a woven branded bag. Once you make you way down you are welcomed by a waiter who will then seat you at a table of your choice. Unfortunately you cannot make reservations, so if you are after a seat pronto, aim for the lunchtime slot.
Once ordered the food is served promptly. Diners are able to choose between a whole, half or quarter of a rotisserie chicken with either a smokey or spicy flavour and then a selection of sides. The Crinkle Cut Fries and Butter Lettuce and Avocado are the highlights.
Other items on the menu are Corn on the cob and Coleslaw.
Chips and Buttered Lettuce w Avocado @ Chicken Shop (instagram @neelsmcge)
If you manage to save some room do try one of their killer desserts. I opted for the Apple pie with vanilla ice-cream. This was extremely tasty and served warm. Teamed with the vanilla ice-cream the chunky pieces of sugared apples encased in the pie were perfection.
Apple Pie and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream @ Chicken Shop (instagram @neelsmcgee)
Chicken Shop, although serving good quality food, is more a glorified take on a roast chicken with a price tag to match. The interior of the venue is quite 50's inspired meshed in with wooden crates similar to prohibition times though still very inviting, the service is great with a smile. I would recommend this venue for a one time experience; after all it was created by the individuals behind Soho House. On a second visit you will know what to expect so it can easily be skipped. Thanks to the hype this place will be popular for some time.