25 July 2014

Whyte & Brown

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  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £35.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm (Sat 9.30am- ) Sun 10am -6pm

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Part of London’s chook-themed bandwagon, Whyte & Brown’s offer is given over to chicken dinners from around the globe – plus a few egg riffs to extend the gimmick. World flavours jazz up the typically bland bird, even if ordering two courses of poultry seems a bit daft: how about hot-and-sour Vietnamese wraps with an overdose of fish sauce followed by a creamy puff-pastry pie packed with hunks of white meat, langoustines and samphire. The place looks good, with communal tables in the bar, a modern feel upstairs and an animated courtyard terrace – although well-meaning staff aren’t always on the ball with so much ground to cover. Whyte & Brown’s enviable location in boutique-packed Kingly Court ensures a steady parade of shoppers and tourists, but this one-trick chick has only limited appeal for foodie Londoners.

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  1. Stumbling around Soho on a weekend evening with a cohort of inebriated mates is often a recipe for japes and mishaps. Giving money to beggars, attempting to break up a fight, hitting on a sailor and buying dodgy puff are what usually happen. Another is finding somewhere to eat without a reservation which, on my most recent sojourn with Templeton Peck, Vicious Alabaster and The Squinting Brummie, led not to a mere mishap but an outright disaster. Whyte and Brown is a restaurant that sits on the first floor of the Kingly Court mini-shopping centre nestled just off Carnaby Street. It serves chicken dishes, which elicits immediate comparisons to Nando’s. Although I’m not a huge fan of the other chicken restaurants in Soho, I went in with an open mind. Templeton Peck started off with the chicken tempura, except it was no tempura at all. The thick batter wasn’t as airy, light or crisp as the best tempura, while the wasabi mayo served on the side was far too weak...
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  2. Published : Sunday, 29th December 2013

    Gingle lists everything :: Whyte & Brown, 17th December

    I've been getting in to my chicken lately. Well, yeah, I know everyone has, but actually I've been slightly bucking the trend by giving my money to a knock-off Nando's down the road from me (called Roosters, if you're interested - great potato wedges) rather than the host of new rotisserie and 'posh' fried chicken places that London is so recently strewn with. Not that I don't plan on getting to those places eventually. But the one place that really caught my eye lately (after having been to Clockjack Oven a while ago) for some reason was Whyte & Brown. They're very dedicated to the chicken, but also show a lot of appreciation to the egg. And, while this place is sort of a one-note restaurant, focusing on just chicken and eggs as it does, they are showing a lot of inventiveness in the ways they serve this. Trying to decide which chicken or egg dish to go for was not an easy task.In the end it was a close call for me between the chicken souvlaki and the ham hock, chicken and leek pie but I fancied something a little lighter so the souvlaki won out. This was a marinated kebab of breast meat with grilled peppers and onions, with two slow cooked chicken thighs, a pita bread, tzatziki dip and feta salad on the side! To whet our appetites we shared a starter of chicken croquettes and to feel extra healthy we ordered the roasted root vegetables as a side.The chicken croquettes were filled with chicken, pancetta and bechamel sauce and came with a slightly smoky salsa which had a really deep tomatoey flavour. The bechamel ensured that the croquettes were not at all dry - the quite reasonably sized bits of pancetta were a nice touch. Chicken nuggets all grown up. So far so good.The root vegetables came out first - a mixture of beets, peppers and squash. These tasted nice, and looked very pretty but some of them were slightly undercooked. They were a bit of a disappointment and the low point of the meal. I enjoyed the chicken kebab while I ate it although it was forgettable compared to the slow cooked, moist and succulent thigh, with crispy skin, of which I was so pleased we had two. The feta salad was light and refreshing, and the pitta and tzatziki brought the whole thing together. Pittas were toasted on the outside, fluffy inside and perfect for scooping up the last bits of salad with some dip. It's no grand feat in gastronomy, but it was a very pleasant meal.After our aperitifs of prosecco, we had a cocktail each with our dinner. Alison's was a white wine spritzer with a twist - rhubarb bitters. Mine was a Japanese Mac- japanese whiskey with plum sake. Sweet. Strong. Amazing. It took a lot of willpower to make that last my whole meal! And even better, they were only £7 and Â£8 respectively.I'm a fan.
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  3. The kitchen is headed up by Paul Fletcher, his menu kicks off with the puntastic question ‘feeling peckish?’ Whyte & Brown is after all a restaurant dedicated to all things chicken and egg. But there’s no dirty deep-fried chicken here, it’s all free range and very grown up. The restaurant was relatively full and considering it only hatched in July, there seemed to be a steady flow of customers. And for once my attention was taken away from my usual obsession with restaurant interiors (most of which Saff edits out of our posts anyway). From memory (I usually make notes) the decor was still industrial but nowhere near as edgy as, say, Spuntino. One thing that stuck in my mind were the unisex toilets, loved the massive trough sink and exposed copper piping, not quite up to standard of Nosh & Chow‘s loo though...
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  4. Recently 'hatched', less than a week ago, in Kingly Court off Carnaby Street, Whyte & Brown specializes and celebrates the versatility of free-range chicken and eggs...
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  5. If you like everything chicken related, this is the place for you. Whyte & Brown describe themselves as “a restaurant celebrating the delicious diversity of free-range Chicken and Eggs”. Proudly displaying their Free Range chicken credentials on their menu this looks very different from the other chicken-centric venues which have opened recently in London.
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