Maltby Street is home to a collection of London’s best restaurants (as well as a great street food market) and firmly among the most popular is Poulet - a rotisserie restaurant, cocktail, wine and ale bar that sits right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the market.
The restaurant itself is nestled under one of Maltby Street's brick railway arches, and as a result the inside is cavernous - the restaurant extends all the way from Maltby Street to Druid Street, giving Poulet a huge 3000 sq ft footprint. As the sun sets, gentle ambient lighting comes on in the restaurant, illuminating the walls with a soft purple glow, and combined with lively music, abundant foliage and flowers, Poulet proves to be a fun spot to spend an evening.
The menu is simple - Poulet serves rotisserie chicken, in a handful of different ways. There’s always a sandwich and a salad on the menu - at the time of writing that’s a pulled rotisserie chicken baguette with melted cheese, sriracha mayonnaise and chicken jus, and a pulled chicken salad with mixed leaves and dressing. Or, plump for a classic rotisserie chicken - served half or whole - alongside sides like chips, sweet potato fries, rosemary and garlic new potatoes, and halloumi fries. All Poulet chickens are British and free-range too.
There’s a vegetarian option on the menu too, currently a Mediterranean tart with basil crust, and for those who like to end the meal with something sweet, there are caneles to finish.
Drinks are an equally important part of the Poulet experience, and the restaurant holds a compact but carefully curated collection of wines, picked to pair nicely with roast chicken. Cocktail drinkers are well looked after here too, with a wide selection of classic cocktails on offer.