Monday, 27 July 2015

Chick n Sours

Cluckin' Great

Another carriage has been added to the Stokey train and this one is full steam ahead into poultry land. Chick 'n' Sours rolls onto the platform with superbly succulent chicken cooked in various guises accompanied by tankards of tongue tingling sours. It's all in the name!

The tiny laminated menu ticked the cute factor but also the incredibly difficult to read in the unflattering neon light factor too. Once we'd had our grandad moan about locating our reading glasses, we turned to beverage ordering. 

A strong sours list ranging from their popular House Sour (Gin, Sugar, Lemon, Raspberry, Chilli Vinegar, Vermouth,) to their Tequilla based Paloma Sour and their Negroni Rosewater Sour kept us busy. Also on offer are house wines and Fourpure Pills Bermondsey beer with a guest beer changing as and when.

Interior wise, Chick 'n' Sours has strayed away from the stripped back look that we have come to know and love (or love to hate, or hate to love, or just hate), and grabbed a ton of wrapping paper (I guess also known as wallpaper) and covered every exposed brick with that instead. 

Add a couple of neon lights and ram a sweet, sticky disco chicken wing into the mouths of anybody who complains. That should keep 'em quiet! (Seriously, those chicken wings are up there with some of the best).

I'm not going to say how the chicken had me clucking with delight because on the pun scale, that's pretty low in the pecking order. *hangs head in shame* Instead, I'm simply going to suggest that instead of staying cooped up at home, you make the journey to this new roost. 

We visited not long after opening and suffered at the hands of popularity .. they seemed to have run out of buns so the burgers were lettuce wrapped, a healthier version than we had expected but still delicious. While I thoroughly enjoyed this method of guilt-free burger consumption, the boys were not so convinced. This wasn't going to put anybody off however, with Korean fried thigh, Gochujang Mayo and crunchy slaw amongst guest chicken fry's, grilled Szechuan aubergine and fries all still very much available.

Teething problems aside, when all the chicken they had left in the kitchen arrived to the table, we were happy as Larry. Oh Larry you shouldn't! The chicken marinades were sticky, sweet, spicy and packed just the right amount of punch. Pickled watermelon, corriander and peanut salad won the sideshow, fresh, tangy and sweet all in one juicy mouthful.

After we'd gobbled up our table, the bill arrived and (to our delight and total distraction), business cards in the form of temporary tattoos. This little piece of creative genius has us entertained with damp napkins flying around and chickens slapped on all exposed skin. 

Tats applied, (these guys were never coming off), we paid up and went our merry ways, excited for the next trip (it's going to have to be brunch because yes, they do brunch)! Who's in?!

 Chick 'n' Sours opening times:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 6pm - 10pm

Weds - 6pm - 10pm

Thursday - 6pm - 10pm

Friday - 6pm - 10:30pm

Saturday - 12pm - 3:30pm | 6pm - 10:30pm

Sunday - 12pm - 3:30pm | 6pm - 9:30pm

390 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AA

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1 comment :

  1. Interesting, I live nearby but haven't been as I have a rule about ordering chicken in restaurants. Maybe I'll make an exception. :) Boo for fluorescent lighting though, it should be outlawed! Especially in changing rooms and potential date locations.