Bird

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Bird serves up free-range fried chicken alongside fresh cut fries, Korean cucumber salad, corn pudding, mu shu pancakes and more. Salads, sandwiches, burgers and desserts are also available. 

Venue name: Bird
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Address: 42-44 Kingsland Road
London
E2 8DA
Opening hours: 8am-11:30pm Mon-Wed, 8am-12:30am Thu-Sat
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Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

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Sam B
tastemaker

We were a group of 6 on a not-very-busy weeknight evening, and we had to wait over 30mins for our food to arrive. Slow... and dry.... and we were still hungry afterwards... more than slightly disappointed. 


The waffles tasted reheated, the chicken had no juice left in it, and the fries were just 'meh'. We had donut desserts to try and fill the emptiness, but it didn't help as these too were dry and slow. The only thing that was fast was the waitress cleaning down our table before we'd finished. 


Considering how many places do all of these things brilliantly, Bird needs to step up to the perch. 

Tegan C
tastemaker

My friends and I visited Bird over the weekend after a few Saturday afternoon beverages. With the Time Out 3 Course £15 Offer in hand and a quest to try to find the best fried chicken in London, we left with our growling stomachs satisfied but wanting slightly more. We had the wings with Korean gochujang sauce for starters which were as spicy, tasty and messy as they should be and shared a Bacon and Cheese Burger and the Chicken and Waffles. The Bacon and Cheese Burger was pretty tasty but the Chicken and Waffles could have probably been bigger. After a slight miscommunication (most likely due on our part to those afternoon beverages) we ended up with a plain doughnut rather than the ice-ceam doughnut sandwich but as far as doughnuts go, it wasn't dry. Overall, Bird is fairly satisfying but in a city such as London with so much competition, especially in terms of fried chicken places, is it just another hip, diner style establishment?



 

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

I visited Bird a while ago with a friend - it had caught my eye and I really wanted to try it. I love fried chicken, as most of human beings, and most Londoners. So, one Sunday, all roads led to Bird after a stroll in Columbia Road Flower Market. It wasn't very busy when we were there.


Basically it is an American style with a touch of hipster diner which claims to be "the best free range fried chicken you've ever tasted", well, sorry to break it but -what a surprise- it's not! I must say I wasn't very impressed neither by the food nor by the environment. I tried their signature dish - the waffle burger. It was OK, nothing amazing, but it was no way worth it its price - 14 pounds. It is definitely big, but when I am thinking of the combination of waffle and fried chicken, I expect something really delicious which was not the case. My friend had a chicken burger and was not impressed either. The fries were pretty bad too, I mean, how can you fail fries. The service was very good though.


I won't encourage you to go but I won't suggest not to, either. They may have improved or it could just be a bad day. But you can definitely find something that is worth your money within a 1km radius.


If you have tried The Butchies in Broadway Market then you know what real fried chicken tastes like.

Ros A
Tastemaker

The orange buffalo wings here (those orange ones with the spicy sauce on, with a blue cheese dip) are to die for. Been craving them ever since I went a while back. Much better to get lots of sides and small plates to share here, I think the mains are a little lacklustre but certainly not bad. Cocktails were surprisingly good too. I forget the name of ours but it was cherry-esque with egg white and so tasty I had about four in a row. 


Staff were friendly and sweet but jesus the food took a long time to come, like an hour. It also took a while to get the bill but it was busy and like I said they weren't unpleasant. I would certainly go back here for the wings and cocktails alone, would like to see speed and service improve a little bit. 

Tamara B
Tastemaker

I've been here twice and my opinion of the food is mixed. The Nashville hot burger is indeed very spicy and the flavours are interesting together (hot sauce, cheese, and kewpie mayo) but it wasn't divine. The chicken wings are a bit dry and fatty - my favourite were the gochugang covered ones. Sides I've tried include cheesy korean fries and deep fried pickle. The fries were good but the deep fried pickle was greasy and not as nice as the ones I've had at meat liquor. It's hard to go wrong with an ice cream doughnut sandwich and maybe it was an off day, but when I tried it, the doughnut was a bit dry. Free refills on coffee is a bonus!

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

Bird does what it says on the tin - tasty fried chicken but not the best in London by any means. I had the chicken and waffle which was actually very nice but the pieces of onion in the waffle ruined it a little for me! My bf had some chicken wings and wasn't impressed at all - apparently they were quite dry. I think Bird is fine to go if you're in the area but probably not one to make an effort to go to...

Willa W

Well I honestly can't recommend this place. I went last week and ordered a bacon and cheese (chicken) burger, some cheesy Korean fries and a beer my friend also had a burger fries and beer and the total bill come to just over £40 so it's not the cheapest diner I've ever been to. The decor is quite cool and it seemed fairly busy, which is why we went in, but don't be fooled by this - the food certainly doesn't justify it. The burger was not horrible, but its fairly bland taste was covered by by too much salt. There are much better chicken burgers to be had in London than this. The chips on the other hand, were really awful - they were cold for one and covered in so much sauce they were practically swimming it in. And as for the beer, watch out when you order it on tap - it doesn't come in full pint glasses, but rather two thirds of a pint. All in all, a bland burger, soggy, cold chips and a stingy serving of beer for over 40 quid doesn't exactly make a satisfying experience - I won't be going back!

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

It's always important to have goals in life. Mine is to complete the 9 Christmas Burgers Challenge (OK self imposed). My quest started here at Bird with their 'Crimbo Burger'. Oh my-- what a start!


The chicken was deliciously crispy and slathered in a cranberry sauce. Then a nice stuffing patty and the piece de la resistance-- deep fried brie. Yes folks-- deep fried brie. Lush. Everything worked SO well together. It was a bit of a behemoth but believe me-- you will not leave a crumb! The deep fried parsnips, although tasty, are definitely secondary, but a good accompaniment.


It didn't help that I had some chicken wings (felt like it was my duty) to start as well. Went for the classic buffalo with blue cheese (included! yay!). The seasoning they had on the wings was good and the sauce was indeed fantastic. For six is a quid a wing, bit pricey, but of course the more you buy the cheaper it gets (75p/wing if you get 24). But again as a starter, reasonable price and good for sharing!


Christmas Burger 1/9

Rating of burger: 9/10 (a strong start!)

Link to the 9 Burgers: http://www.timeout.com/london/blog/the-best-christmas-burgers-in-london-111915

Hayley P

I doff my hat to anyone who can eat The Original Waffle Burger in one sitting. I nearly passed out eating half of it: it's just so deliciously rich, chewy and hot. I was hangover and had to sleep instantly afterwards. I'm yet to try any of the other bad boys on the menu but I'm confident it will cut the mustard. 

Luisa G
Tastemaker

Absolutely delicious fried chicken, it really is some of the best chiken I've had...but their service is awful! Each time Ive gone, they've got something wrong, which is not that impressive.