It’s time for a food post! I haven’t done one of these in a while so this is long overdue and I’m excited to be writing one.
I have recently been trying to clean up my diet, focused on eating “real” and whole foods, rather than processed food. I have consequently been doing a lot of home cooking and eating-in, the only sure-fire way of knowing what exactly I’m putting into my body. Wanting a bit of a break from cooking however, I decided to try out the fairly new Chicken Shop branch at Holborn on Friday night because rotisserie chicken, when done well, is one of my favourite foods in the world.
The entrance was a little camouflaged in between its larger and flashier neighbours. Upon pushing through the solid door, you’re met with a cupboard and stairs heading down…
The restaurant was filled, so we sat patiently in the waiting area, sipping our fresh OJs, looking on longingly at the diners enjoying their meals, with a cockerel to keep us company. It wasn’t too long a wait though, and we were seated inside of 10 minutes.
The interior of the restaurant is similar to that of other Soho House places – it was a little dark, slightly grungy and laid-back cool. Unlike Nandos with its 5 or 6 different flavours of sauces, Chicken Shop comes with just two per table – the Hot Sauce and the Smokey Sauce. Though I tried the latter, the Hot Sauce was definitely my weapon of choice.
The menu is pretty simple. There’s chicken, sides, desserts, drinks and cocktails. The two of us being big eaters, we opted for the whole chicken with 2 portions of crinkle cut chips and a portion of butter lettuce with avocado (to mop up the grease). 😉 The chicken came ready chopped up in small, easy to eat pieces (rather than Nandos’s simple approach of just splitting a whole chicken into 4). The chicken also comes with slices of lemon which was a good addition to the juicy and succulent chicken.
As you can see below, the chicken is roasted in a spit over a fire, rotisserie style. The chicken was cooked to perfection but its only downside was the lack of flavour in the skin of the chicken. That’s where the sauces come in handy I guess (I used copious amounts of it), but I expected a much more flavourful chicken if I’m being honest.
So when it comes down to it, who wins in Chicken Shop vs. Nandos? Chicken Shop plays to a more upmarket bunch of diners, which shows in its setting and pricing point. In terms of taste however, I have to say that I still prefer Nandos’s chicken and sauces. I think there’s a time and place for both, and they can co-exist side by side (a good thing for all us chicken fans) but I’m still likely to haunt my usual local Nandos outlet whenever I get a hankering for some spicy chargrilled chicken.
Have you eaten at the Chicken Shop yet? What did you think?