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Chicken Shop feat. Dirty Burger

Restaurants, American Balham
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A chicken and burger hybrid that's serving up the best of both

Do you feel like chicken tonight? Or maybe just a really dirty burger. Then you’re in luck. Because as of January 2016, this restaurant does both. That’s right, what first launched as a branch of Chicken Shop has gone the way of many a chart-topping artist and become Chicken Shop feat. Dirty Burger. A giant zig (no zag) appeared on the sign outside, the DB branding was added, and suddenly it was a hangout with a split personality.

If that sounds confusing, it really isn’t. The menu is as simple as it gets: just spit-roast-chicken or flame-grilled burger (cheese, bacon or veggie), plus chips. The chook, with its paprika marinade and tender meat, is decent, but it’s the Dirty Bacon (burger) that steals the show: a juicy, flame-grilled patty with a nicely pink middle, a soft bun, melted cheddar, thick-cut sweet-and-smoky bacon, plus tomato, lettuce and gherkins. It’s proof that a simple, single dish, when done exceptionally well, can make a meal. I only wish they served shoestring, rather than crinkle-cut fries (as in, McDonalds rather than McCain’s), but that’s possibly just me. But the crunchy, tangy slaw is excellent, as is a warm, chewy, macadamia-nut-studded brownie for afters.

The site, which has always been a bit awkward, looks as good as it has in years, with wooden boards on the walls (think giant sauna), retro wipe-clean tables and oversized warehouse lights. For real theatre, sit up at the grill bar, where you can watch the cleaver man hacking the cooked chooks into chunks. Just beware, if you’re wearing a pale shirt: those paprika-splatters travel (but come out in the wash).

Go any night of the week, but especially on a Friday or Saturday, when there’s a party atmosphere and you can have all the fun of dinner in Soho, but with none of the faff getting home.


Address: 7 Chestnut Grove
SW12 8JA
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.
Opening hours: noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 8am-11pm Sat; 8am-10pm Sun
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Users say (8)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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 Myself and a friend were sat at the bar opposite the flaming chicken rotisserie, right in front of the chef chopping chicken with above the head meat cleaver swings. Great spot!

This isn't pretty food but oh my goodness is it tasty.  There is no danger of walking out of Chicken Shop hungry.  

My advice:

·Absolutely do not ignore the house sauces.  Both the Smokey sauce and hot sauce are delicious 

·Yes the sides seem expensive but they are definitely worth it.  Corn on the cob and sweet potato fries are a must

·You could get away with sharing the sides

·Your vegetarian friends are unlikely to enjoy themselves

Note: I can see why this doesn’t translate well to a takeaway.  Seeing the food prepared and eating the chicken straight off of the rotisserie seems pretty integral to the experience. 


Fabulous, home cooked feel and perfect for sharing with large groups. Makes a special meal out that is quick and easy and packed with flavour! I opted for the dirty burger with bacon, it came oozing with cheese and thick sweet and smoky bacon. The sweet potato fries were incredible and well made. 

I had the best apple pie experience of my life, homemade, chunky apple with a touch of caramel and cinnamon and a soft pastry .

Everything about this place is soulful and comfort food at it's best, and decently priced!

Terrible Food and service. Placed an order on deliveroo. restaurant only sent half of the order. The £11.50 dirty bacon burger looked repulsive. As it was unwrapped the bun was soggy, liquid dripping from the double burgers which frankly looked like they had been boiled. I think the name dirty burger is too generous.. this was defiantly filth. Within 2 bites the burger ended up in the bin. Waste of money... terrible service and the worst burger me and my office have ever seen. Avoid at all costs... your money is better spent at burger king (where the rest of the office are now eating as their orders never even made it through the door)


Can highly recommend the grits, eggs and spinach dish, especially alongside the rotisserie chicken. Having eaten here and in the Tooting brand a couple of times each and the chicken isn't consistent (sometimes a touch on the dry side sometimes juicy and succulent) so maybe just ask your server for a juicy bit. Decent prices, and MUCH more grown up and stylish than Nandos! They serve the apple pie straight from the dish at your table with a pot of cream on the side. Also very tasty. 

I just called to ask for a take away option which apparently is not available yet for a minimum order & a delivery charge I can get a take out delivered to my door...50m down the road. No thanks. I certainly feel that money can be better spent elsewhere like other reviewers. 

 Poor service with bland food. Foodies are advised to spend there money elsewhere.

So excited that this is open on my door step - went there for brunch and it was great - have been to the tooting one for Chicken too and that was also great. Really reasonable and would highly recommend their delicious chips as a side - they taste suitably unhealthy but I dont want healthy chips

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