Permanent fried chicken and cocktail restaurant from serial pop-up enthusiast Carl Clarke.
Fish ‘n’ chips, rock ‘n’ roll and, er, Ant ‘n’ Dec. There’s just a handful of twosomes so meant to be that they share but an ‘n’ between them. if the popularity of Chick ‘n’ Sours is anything to go by, it should probably be fast-tracked to this hall of fame.
Lights are set low – just a touch of blue neon – and music up high as diners and takeout customers file in. It’s unsurprising that the atmosphere is set to ‘party’ on a school night, since the man behind the fowl play is Carl Clarke, the chef behind Disco Bistro among other pop-ups. He’s practiced his chops pairing good times with good food, and posters from his former pop-ups pepper the walls.
The chicks in question are marinated in buttermilk Southern-style and cooked in rapeseed oil. It’s gonna get messy, especially if you order the chicken in a bun (£11): a whopping Korean-spiced burger, slaw, fiery gochujang mayo and chilli vinegar offsetting tender flesh and crunchy batter. Fries cooked in beef dripping had our feathers in just as much of a ruffle thanks to crisp, super-salty skins. (Gochujang, in case you’re wondering, is a Korean condiment made from chilis, rice and soy bean paste.)
If KFC (Korean fried chicken) ain’t your bag, the house fry or chicken tenders can be paired with potent dips (£1.50 each). The St Agur and buttermilk may prove too rich for a chicken dinner, but bone marrow barbecue sauce is an ideal accompaniment, sweet and extra syrupy. We chose to stick with Asian flavours. The guest fry (£11) in a warming satay-style sauce pairs excellently with a side of smacked cucumber with wakame (£4).
And what about those sours? Put it this way: I’d seek this place out for the bar alone, which does simple but satisfying things with its cocktails (especially when they’re just £6 each). They perfectly cut through those rich dishes, particularly the Paloma Sour with grapefruit for an extra bitter twist.
Those drinks, that music and the low, low lights create plenty of fun, especially when you’re crammed in tightly with neighbouring diners at tables spanning the width of the room. This cosiness may be a drawback for some, but we liked the buzz. Who knows? When you visit, you may even get clucky.
|Venue name:||Chick 'n' Sours||Contact:|
390 Kingsland Road
|Opening hours:||Open Tues-Thurs 6pm-11pm; Fri 6pm-12.30am; Sat 11am-12.30am; Sun 11am-10.30pm.|
|Transport:||Dalston Junction or Haggerston Overground.|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
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- 4 star:10
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- 1 star:1
Okay, so the food is great – really, genuinely lovely, flavoursome fried chicken and wonderfully inventive sides. Top cocktails, too. My only complaint – and not one I make often – is that the portions are simply too huge, meaning that on the two occasions I've been my prevailing memory has been of gastric discomfort.
My tip would be to share what they recommend for two between three – it'll work out a bit cheaper and you won't leave feeling like you've just been impregnated by the Colonel.
Small but great menu with rotating specials. Some of the most delicious friend chicken I've had, with really inventive cocktails
The whole fry sunday is out of this world. The chicken burger is one the biggest out there and the watermelon salad is mana from heaven
Good god the Korean fried chicken burger! Big claim but I can easily say this is the best burger I've had in London. Absolutely massive, perfectly cooked and just overall delicious. There's a great selection of sauces and sides (even the salads had bacon in so you can't go wrong). Definitely not a light choice or one for the health conscious, but really very good.
Not impressed by this local place. I came here on recommendation by a lady who read the perfect reviews. I was charged £16 for a fried tasting heavy chicken burger and a starter watermelon sour. What I disliked about my experience then, was the lack of chicken, but lots of fried coating around it. The bun was made of sickening cream mainly and I had to ask for another bread bottom as it was all gooey and couldn't grab the sandwich on second bite. It was falling apart with all the sauces they put. I was hungry, but didn't seem to find any glorious chicken escalope inside, just couple of centimetres of fried strips. Small starter portion of watermelon was nice, I give them that, but well for the price I paid and to sit in a very pop up like feel environment and noisy was atrocious. Go for the loud music, not for the food. Expensive, but the new crowd in Haggerston I guess it's not
Next level amazing qulity fried chicken at last! Well spurced produce, rearrd chicken, cocktails and the side dishes to die for too!
Seriously one of the best meals of the last year. Chicken was off the scale, drinks were superb, but the icing on the cake was the selection of dipping sauces - next level. Go there now.
This place is addictive, can't stop thinking about my last house fry. Really is the best fried chicken in town.
This little place is a must 'go to' for fried chicken, inspired flavours, cracking cocktails & awesome staff.
Never thought I'd like a fried chicken restaurant, but this place is next level. It's a small restaurant that plays pretty loud music, so it's not the ideal place for a chat or a first date, but it's perfect for a night out with your mates. The Mango sour is dangerously moreish. Try the aubergine dish - it's out of this world. And beware of the large portion sizes; it's easy to get carried away and order too much. Sharing is the best approach here.
OK I’m a foodie but I have a soft spot for KFC. I’ll admit it. So when somewhere does deep fried chicken, LFM is there! So we find ourselves in hipster-ville Haggerston where Chicks n Sour have recently opened. Most of the dishes are based upon deep fried chicken, priced around £10 for 2 pieces – expensive compared to the KFC benchmark but oh so worth it! Crisp and tasty batter, succulent chicken and interesting accompaniments like pickled watermelon. The soft whippy ice-cream desert was a bit of a let down compared to the mains.
Chicks n Sour is not really the place to bring a baby (Perhaps older kids). The venue is really laid back and the staff were lovely to our baby, it’s just that the venue is small, the clientele are young hipsters and the music blares out (fortunately our baby loves reggae music and we brought our own high chair and left the buggy at home – she had a great time!). https://londonfoodiemama.wordpress.com/
Cannot believe no one has reviewed this little gem yet - this place is Fried Chicken AWESOMENESS...a simple menu of what has to be the best korean style fried chicken in east london served with beef dripping chips *dribble* and interesting salads. Their cocktails are pretty good to. Chick it.