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Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger

Restaurants, American St John’s Wood
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A to-the-point chicken joint straight out of 1950s America.

There’s just one thing on the menu at Chicken Shop, and the only decision you have to make is how much of it you fancy: a whole bird, a half or a quarter. It’s all very straightforward and satisfying, and so too is the food.

The chicken comes fresh from the spit, tender and well seasoned, and the small selection of sides are all generously portioned. Plus, if you order the deep-filled apple pie, they’ll come over to your table with the oven dish and serve it straight onto your plate with a big spoon, just like you’d do at home.

And maybe that’s why it’s so difficult to get excited about Chicken Shop. The food’s perfectly decent, but none of it feels that special, and the restaurant itself – styled as an American general store from the ’50s – feels like a formula that’s designed to be replicated again and again. It’s a solid choice if you’re feeling peckish, but there’s no need for Nando’s to get in a flap just yet.

Please note, since this review was published the venue has incorporated a Dirty Burger, and is now known as Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger. Time Out Food & Drink editors, Nov 2016.



Address: 128 Allisten Road
Transport: Tube: St John's Wood
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £40
Opening hours: Mon-Thu midday-11pm; Fri-Sat midday-midnight; Sun midday-10pm
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