Best for chicken

Updated on 10 September 2018

Chicken Shop Tooting

Chicken Shop Tooting

Ground Floor, 141 Tooting High Street, London, London, SW17 0SY

Following the success of their original Chicken Shop in Kentish Town, the guys from the Soho House Group have launched another one-trick pony celebrating the delights of roast chicken. Expect a similar vintage ‘general store’ look with red chequered floors, diner-style tables, red stools and a long wooden counter, plus a menu chalked up on the wall. The basic offer revolves around free-range Norfolk chickens – marinated, steamed, then crisped-up on the rotisserie. As before, back-up comes from generously portioned sides served in blue-rimmed enamel dishes (crinkle-cut chips, coleslaw, corn-on-the-cob), with chilli kicks provided by the house ‘hot' sauce. Finally, ‘say when’ and choose the ‘size of your slice’ when it comes to sweets such as deep-filled apple pie or lemon cheesecake. Takeaways and picnics, too.

Under £30
International
Casa do Frango

Casa do Frango

32 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TU

Under £30
Portuguese
Clutch

Clutch

4 Ravenscroft Street, London, London, E2 7QG

Right between buzzing Columbia Road and happening wine bar Sager & Wilde in Hackney, Clutch has hopped onto the dude food trend with a clear conscience, serving ethically sourced, free-range fried chicken to a widely varied demographic. Set in a freshly painted former pub that’s attached to a well-maintained ex-council estate, the slick interior design cues hint at a dining experience that’s aiming far higher than your usual bucket of KFC, with brass-topped tables and monochrome zigzag floors demanding guests’ attention. The menu offers half or whole buckets of chicken, ‘Love Me Tender’ goujons and ‘Put a Wing On It’ chicken wings – with each option offered in two different marinades. Stand-outs are the fresh-flavoured lemon and parmesan goujons served with a rich truffle aioli, and the signature sweet soy and garlic chicken bucket - the rich, sticky, tangy marinade is incredibly moreish. Inventive dips and sauces such as whipped feta add a fun twist, while side options include an earthy beetroot salad. There’s a short cocktail menu to boot – spice fans should try the chilli chicklet, a refreshing mix of tequila, lemon juice and red chilli that cuts through the richness of the food brilliantly.

£30 - £49
North American
Cookhouse Joe

Cookhouse Joe

55 Berwick Street, London, London, W1F 8SP

“One of the best cheap eats in London” (according to one regular), this outlet from the  guys behind pizza joint Soho Joe is all about rotisserie chickens served with some international flourishes and a noticeable Middle Eastern bias. Free-range chooks from the West Country are given the treatment on a mobile rotisserie trolley and served with a choice of punchy sauces. The laminated menu also promises “phenomenal” Lebanese flatbread wraps, burgers, salads and mezze-style standards ranging from grilled halloumi and falafel to moutabal and tabbouleh, while desserts offer sticky baklava as well as transatlantic staples such as chocolate fudge cake or homemade apple pie – in short, “good honest food”. The Cookhouse lives up to its name, with cramped interiors, budget furnishings, tins of cutlery and big trays of food on display.
Under £30
International