John Gregory-Smith discovered some of the best chicken in London at Chick ‘n Sours
Another chicken shop and in Dalston – yawn should be the answer, but not this time. Chicks n’ Sours is the new restaurant from mash up chef Carl Clarke, who has worked his wizardry on what could have been a dull experience.
Chick’ n Sours is essentially a fried chicken shop, but one styled out within an inch of its life, with cool Mediterranean tiles, neon lights and a menu that will make you go weak at the knees.
We started off with snacking on Szechuan aubergines that had been deep fried in a very light batter and served in a small dish, filled with a puddle of tangy soy sauce and covered in chilli and spring onions. Each joyous mouthful got better as they soaked up the luscious sauce like naughty sponges.
Next, on their recommendation, we had a beast of a Korean burger that was literally almost the same size as me (and that’s not hard at my hobbit height). A crunchy piece of fried chicken, served in a brioche with a hot creamy sauce and plenty of slaw. It was just the right side of madness, as all genius is!
Then Thai chicken, this time a golden leg of deep fried bird that was gloriously crunchy and served on a bed of tangy chilli jam. It had been beautifully garnished with deep fried garlic, mint and red chilli. What a glorious affair this was. The kind of food that makes you want to punch the air and tell your neighbours about.
We also slipped in a side of pickled watermelon with peanuts and coriander. The saying goes you don’t win friends with salad, but whoever said that (Homer Simpson) didn’t try this bad boy.
Chick n’ Sours – 390 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA