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Put down that KFC menu! Not all delicious chicken dishes start with a Kentucky fried chicken. The ubiquitous N-word - Nando's - has been part of the local London language ever since hangover Sundays were invented. But then we all got a little bit tired of peri-peri, and yearned for something different, and yet the same. Although it's rise has not been as meteoric as its distance cousin, the burger, fried chicken and grilled chicken is certainly a new trend in London and more restaurants are popping up with new, inventive ways to serve it. The classic chicken recipes will always exist - the rotisserie chicken, the roast chicken, the fried chicken, the chargrilled chicken - but newbies such as chicken nuggets, chicken burgers, chicken wings and chicken popcorn are starting to steal the show. Here, then, are the best restaurants in London for chicken.
Whyte & Brown
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chicken
100% free range chicken, craft beers, and a fantastic Soho location bump this relatively new restaurant to the London scene into our bird related top 10 guide. The chicken variety on the menu is astonishing: from caesar Scotch eggs, to chicken, ham hock and cheese croquette balls, to jerk burgers and beer can roasted half chickens. There's a full range of beers to match your chicken hunger, including Goose Island wheat ale, Little Creatures IPA, and Tiny Rebel Stout. The restaurant's gorgeous setting in the hidden gem of Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, plus it's al fresco seating, make it a must for any chicken fan, night or day (check out the chicken sausages for breakfast!).
Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar
Kentish Town / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar brings the authentic American taste of the South to Kentish Town. Joe's offers succulent fried chicken, belly-filling American dishes and heady cocktails. Spread over two floors and occupying the former site of Kentish Canteen, Joe's features a ground floor restaurant and outside BBQ and dining space, along with a basement bar called Jailbird. With sleek interiors that tap into classic Americana but with a modern urban edge, this restaurant mixes raw exposed brickwork with parquet-topped tables and scarlet leather banquette seating.
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Ma' Plucker brings the best of the deep south to Soho with its home-cooked delights, including three of mamma's secret chicken recipes: fried, rotisserie and pulled. Other delicious options also available, such as Ma's Southern style chicken and biscuits, chicken fried steak, crack & cheese (deep-fried mac and cheese) and more. For dessert, guests can either get stuck into a home-made sweet 'n' salty popcorn, or cornflake and caramel sundae, or, enjoy a slice of all-American pie.
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: Meat
Tramshead is clearly not aiming for the vegetarian market. The menu covers two key food groups of steak and chicken (they do have a separate menu for non-meaties) and you eat your steak and chicken sitting under a formaldehyde cow and chicken courtesy of artist Damien Hirst. But hell, if you're not bothered about eating a steak under the mournful eyes of a cow perpetually standing with a chicken on top of it, then this could be a win. The food is great, the service is great, and you don't have to waste your time getting stressed out with food choices.
Le Secret des Rôtisseurs
Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chicken
Family-run Le Secret des Rôtisseurs has introduced the art of rotisserie-roasted chicken to London's Canary Wharf with its French restaurant. Experience a sensory spectacle in this slick open plan setting and enjoy succulent, perfectly cooked chicken that is slowly flame-roasted and prepared with a secret recipe for unsurpassed flavours.
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chicken
Clutch, a new breed of chicken restaurant, has opened in one of London's trendiest postcodes just off Columbia Road. Situated on Ravenscroft Street, Clutch serves gourmet copper buckets of healthier fried chicken prepared using the finest grade groundnut oil. The menu offers a choice of half or whole buckets of high-quality fried chicken coated in peppery buttermilk or soy and garlic. Mains may be paired with a selection of sides including the Fabulously Fried Fries, twice fried in peanut oil to provide a delicious extra crunch.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chicken
Bird offers delicious free-range fried-chicken in the heart of Shoreditch. Large windows allow natural light to flood in and light up the handsomely furnished restaurant, which comes complete with exposed brickwork, striking red seating and a centrepiece bar stocked with local craft beers. Freshly made yeast-risen doughnuts, rolled and hand cut each morning, are offered to take away all day from the restaurant's Doughnut Hatch.
Chick 'n Sours
Dalston / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Chicken
With two branches in Seven Dials and Haggerston, Chick ?n? Sours serve up a serious selection of fried chicken. From chicken-loaded buns to crispy coated thighs, the menu centres on creative plates of herb fed fried chicken, accompanied by a zingy collection of sour cocktails. You can also get your chops into some off-the-scale sides or try the funky soft serve creations. And of course, Sundays are dedicated to whole fried chicken ? the ultimate way to end the weekend!
Fulham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: South American
Stagolee's is a restaurant and bar in Fulham delivering the best Southern American cuisine to London with their speciality offering of hot-chicken and American bourbons. Launched by native Southern Americans founders, the fiery offering is one to remember. Menu highlights include the Skillet Fried Chicken (brined, dipped in buttermilk and fried to perfection), the Hot Spinach Dip (cheesy spinach and artichoke dip) whilst their unique Moonshine drinks offering will have you so inspired that before you know it, you will be booking a trip to the Southern States yourself.
Bloomsbury / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Korean
Wing Wing in Bloomsbury serves up hip, ultra-crispy Korean-styled wings with lip-smacking glazes; soy garlic, hot or liquorice. They come in various sizes from 6 to the mega-hungry party size (50 pieces). Match the wings with trendy, chilled Korean beers or London craft specials. The vibrant, modern interior oozes attitude, featuring funky signage and loud nods to their Korean roots. It also has a private dining room for up to 30 people offering a self-service beer station, state-of-the-art sound system and a 60-inch TV screen to watch the game or sing like PSY with the latest K-Pop karaoke hits.
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