From post-nightout food binges to good southern soul food, fried chicken has been a long-time London favorite. With the focus on quality ingredients and new flavour combinations, this city has seen a fried chicken revival. Check it out, we’ve rounded up the best birds in town.
1 Spit and Roast
Food trucks are where it’s at and Spit & Roast has definitely got something delicious going on. Roaming around London, this truck specialises in high quality, free range poultry and you can practically taste the passion. Their buttermilk fried chicken baps slathered in korean hot sauce have been the talk of the town. If you’re a sucker for crispy golden fried goodness, you’ve found your mecca...except you may have to do some chasing if you want chicken on the regular.
Hidden away down a side road off east London’s Columbia Road flower market, you’ll find this yellow and black striped fried chicken spot. Listen out for their pretty impressive rap and hip hop playlist and enjoy tasty cocktails named after music legends, it’s a cool hang out for brunch or dinner. The chicken is free range and cooked in nut oil and you must try their outrageously tasty soy and garlic chicken. If you feel like staying on to party, there’s a bar and dancefloor in the back. Fried chicken and Mary J Blige? We're in.
4 Ravenscroft Street, London E2 7QG
From its humble roots in a 20 seat shipping container in Brixton, Kricket has found a new home in Soho. The cuisine is a memoir of Mumbai where Indian spices find their way into most of the menu dishes. Their phenomenal Keralan fried chicken is a must-order, marinated in tandoori spices and served with curry-leaf mayo and pickled mouli. You’ll be hooked after the first bite.
POP Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ
4 Temple of Hackney
Veganism is on the rise but even if you aren’t vegan, most people accept the wisdom of a few meatless days. If you hate to compromise, this Temple is the answer to your prayers. The signature “fried chicken” replaces poultry with a meat substitute called seitan – made from wheat gluten, fried and coated in crispy goodness. Unsurprisingly, vegan loyalists flock to this place and the queue is around the block. The old-school faux chicken shop has won over many carnivores with its nostalgic flavours. If you’re a fried chicken fan who is willing to give meat-free a shot, this place will exceed expectations.
5 Chicken Liquor
Birthplace of the great David Bowie, Brixton brings us the sister restaurant of the notoriously popular Meat Liquor. As the name suggests, this eatery is focused entirely on chicken and well...liquor. Keeping with the style of the other establishments, the venue is a welcome home for street art and grungy chic decor. The soul music and darkened environment has a distinct 1960s American vibe. Despite the giveaway name the menu still holds a few surprises, Korean and Thai-style buffalo wings are a must, followed by their signature burger washed down with a couple of their exceptionally well balanced cocktails.
Unit 12, Market Row, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8JX