Where: 390 Kingsland Rd, Hackney, E8 4AA
When: Sunday, 7pm
Busy? Pretty chill
Can I book? Yes – but not Friday and Saturday evenings
I love fried chicken. Chicken is definitely up there in my favourite foods but fried chicken in particular has a special place in my heart (and stomach). At Field Day back in June, I had Motherclucker on Saturday and Sunday – also really good chicken, btw. Chick ‘n’ Sours had been on my radar for a while and I finally got my fix on one of the last hot Sundays of the year and even managed to score an outdoor table. These are sort of communal bench-style seats so great for large groups and also I find encourages strangers to interact a little more with each other than usual, which I like. However, if you want to eat your wings in peace, you absolutely can.
Their house soda is delicious and super refreshing – I’m sure their cocktails don’t disappoint either, I’ll definitely be back soon to sample a few. I had heard lots of praise for the szechuan aubergine, which lives up to it’s reputation and is amazing. So if you are veggie but need to satisfy your craving for fried food, you could absolutely do that here. We aren’t veggie (I like to think of myself as a flexitarian) so we ordered lots of chicken to go with our aubergine. First up, wings. These are served American style so with all the sauce. Generally I prefer wings without sauce but the sauce was delicious so we gobbled these down and there was even some sauce left over for chip dipping: ideal. Then we went for the bun – we fancied the brunch bun but it’s only served at brunch time, which makes sense. I’m glad we decided to share one between two of us because it was HUGE; full of inventive Korean inspired extras that I could never create at home, which makes it a standout chicken burger. Pretty messy to eat, which matched the messiness of my hungover brain at the time and was exactly the thing to cure it. Fries come as a side and again, we happily shared one portion between us.
We came on a Sunday and had we been hungrier or had another person or two joining us, we definitely would have opted for the super good value Whole Fry Sunday option; a whole fried chicken and two sides for £25. The couple next to us devoured one and it looked sensational; great for 2 very hungry people or 3-4 reasonably hungry people, you could add a few more sides in and it would still be a cheap way to get full of really delicious food. They don’t take bookings on Friday or Saturday evenings, so you’d need to chance your luck. If you can’t stand the thought of a queue and just want to munch your fried chicken in front of an episode of Narcos, they also offer takeaway.
You know you’re eating the real deal here; the chicken is free-range, sourced from Pilmoore Grange Farm in Yorkshire and all the veg is organic, from Keveral Farm in Cornwall. The interiors wouldn’t look out of place in Bushwick and with the owners having a music-dabbling background, the soundtrack is on point. Carl Cox and David Wolanski opened the original Dalston branch in 2015 but this week sees the opening of their second restaurant in Covent Garden, which is very exciting for anyone living or working in central – this has Friday Treat Lunch written all over it. I’m excited to see the new menu and the new potential contender of that szechuan aubergine…