Fried Chicken! It’s the next big thing! Or rather it’s been a thing but I’ve only finally got around to eating it but that doesn’t quite make a sound bite! Anyways, regardless of why, the important thing is I finally made it up to try Chick’n’Sours. Tucked away on Kingsland road just north of Haggerston station, it’s a bit tricky to find if you’re using Google maps but it’s worth the effort. The chicken is juicy and tender with ultra crispy skin and a delicious glaze. The staff are attentive, the kitchen quick off the mark, and the atmosphere lively.
What you need to know:
- There is the house fry and usually a guest fry to choose from
- Each portion comes with two large pieces of free range Yorkshire chicken
- They give you plates and cutlery! That’s a classy chicken joint
- Drinks are focused around a range of sours but they have a few beers on offer too
- I’m gutted I didn’t see the burger before I ordered – it looks insane
- Make a reservation!
Food: ★★★★★ Service: ★★★★☆ Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆ Value: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
This isn’t the place to chill out while you wait for your crew. The restaurant is quite small and limited to around 30 covers and there isn’t much of a bar to speak of. Instead, you are better off popping across the street to the Fox pub which has a phenomenal range of local beers and plenty of seating either inside or on a heated roof terrace.
What to eat?
Um, chicken? The menu centres around the fried chicken, mainly the house fry (crispy spiced batter with seaweed “crack” and pickled watermelon) or a guest fry (when I visited this was a kung pao glaze with chilli, peanut, and spring onion). Each portion is served up as a drumstick and thigh pairing although these birds must be of prehistoric proportions given the size of each piece. In comparison, it makes the decent sized servings of other London fried chicken joints look like they’ve deep fried a pigeon.
The house fry was everything you could want in a piece of fried chicken made even better with the addition of the pickled watermelon that added a complex tangy sweetness to the dish. The guest fry was a twist on your usual KFC offering (that’s Korean Fried Chicken, not the Colonel’s thing) and was just as pleasing.
On the side, get the dripping fries which boast far more chicken flavour than any fries have a right to do. I wish I had a picture of the innocent sounding “bun” which is a beast of a burger and quite possibly larger than my head.
How about the drinks?
I’m ashamed to say I didn’t actually have any of the sours and I blame exhaustion and a hangover. Guess I’ll have to go back.
I did manage to sip on a winter ale which was a fantastic pairing with deep caramel and spice notes matching the light heat of the KFC.
Worth the dosh?
Yes, without a doubt. Each of the chicken fries comes in at £8 which was brilliant value for the amount of food. Sides are £3-4 and drinks range from £4-6. I can’t wait to go back (Rob?).
Find Chick’n’Sours here
390 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA