A crowd-funded Tottenham takeaway and restaurant offering a healthier version of fried chicken.
Please note, Chicken Town is now closed. Time Out Food editors, December 2017.
Fried chicken. In London it’s schoolkid crack, peddled in plain sight up and down high streets everywhere. It’s a toxic synthesis of salt, fat and capitulated meat that sends our city’s boroughs flying up the obesity tables with every mouthful. (It’s also the bane of urban dog-walkers, as anyone who has felt that tug-tug-tug on the lead accompanied by the canine crunching of discarded pavement bones will be able to attest to.)
As a food, it has a monopoly on certain of our postcodes. London runs on fried chicken in the way it used to run on oysters. And like oysters, fried chicken has been reappraised for the discerning set. All over London new poultry purveyors have opened claiming their birds’ range to be the free-est, their buttermilk soaking to be the most luxurious, their batter to be the crispiest this side of the Atlantic. Every day, it’s a battle of the birds.
Tottenham’s Chicken Town is a chicken shop, but it’s different. For a start, it’s non-profit, which is tantamount to communism in 2015’s London. The chicken is free-range. It’s steamed, then quickly fried to crisp up the coating (and is, by the way, delicious). Sides include the likes of sweet potato wedges and kale – try asking for that in Delaware Fried Chicken. By night, it’s a restaurant proper, complete with sit-down menu and table service, but one that deliberatedly chosen not to be a yuppie hipster joint, but to appeal to the local community, right down to the affordable price tags. Two pieces of chicken and two sides costs a tenner, a can of Beavertown Gamma Ray pale ale only £3.50 (you’ll pay around a fiver in most parts), and a 500ml carafe of house red a mere £12.50. The most thoughtful pricing is of the lunchtime junior spesh of chicken and chips, which at £2 puts it in realistic competition with the 34 other fast-food shops within a mile of the restaurant.
It also employs youngsters from the area in a meaningful way that allows them to take a career in the industry further (the staff are sincere and enthusiastic).
Evidently Chicken Town is doing something to get behind. The birds’ skeletons may end up on the roads, and the grease-mapped boxes may still render bus seats unsittable, but at least everyone involved in the chicken consumer chain will feel a bit better.
|Venue name:||Chicken Town - CLOSED||Contact:|
The Old Fire Station
Town Hall Approach Rd
|Transport:||Tube: Seven Sisters|
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I absolutely love, love, love this place - I go every week with my little boy who also adores the food. It's really good value for money but the venue feels very cool and chic. So happy it opened in my area!
Me, partner and 5-year old popped in after a swimming session at sports centre next door after seeing the restaurant reviews. It didn't disappoint. The chicken was amazing (nice big pieces), we each had the 2-piece with 2 sides (plus kiddy version), and there was so much food that we had to take some home with us! Between the 3 of us we had the following sides - and all were awesome: greens, artichoke, sweet potatoes, fries, beans, mash and gravy, mac and cheese - YUMMM! Total bill less than £30 including service (the staff were soooo attentive - we were in, had eaten and out in 1.25 hours). Definitely going back :-D
Lots of locally sourced produce. The chicken is all from good farms and ethical. The company trains local people. Also it's healthy! Oh and tastes damn goooood.
Went there the other day and was very impressed! Lovely staff, nice location in an old fire station and delicious food. Sitting outside with the well renovated green in front it was not what you'd think of being in Tottenham! The chicken was very tender and succulent and it came with a side of kale which was a nice touch. All very well cooked and I like the ethical values of the place. Will definitely visit again when I'm next round that way.
Haven't had the opportunity to go, but applaud the concept. Had to also applaud the last paragraph of the official review: "Evidently Chickentown..." - nicely done, sir ;)
At the end of all the spin & negativity from do-gooders about the so-called 'badlands' of Tottenham (God save us) the chicken had better be tasty.
Of course, it's not.
I love this place! The sides were equally as delicious as the chicken- particularly the artichokes. Everything had a tasty spin on it without being pretentious and the service was great.
Visited with high hopes. It was pretty empty despite it being lunch time for the huge college next door. The highlight was the music. It's not cheap, the skin on fries were a nightmare, the lettuce a strange though ok side. The much awaited chicken was very generous in size and the crumb was nice but it didn't excite. The place feels like a misfit for location and price. I laud the ethos but 'Generic, rat nibbled, Random American city, majesty fried chicken' is not going to going to be losing sleep yet.
Went with high expectations from review above but was very disappointed!! We were made to wait half an hour for a table despite their being spare unreserved tables available. When we complained about this there was no apology. Putting this aside the food was bland and cold and lacked both salt and spice. To be honest I prefer KFC. The chicken was obviously of a high quality and well cooked but zero flavour and the chips were appalling. If you want up market fried chicken try 'chooks' in Muswell Hill.
After reading the 5* reviews, I wanted to check this out for myself. I love the concept, love the interior but..... The food: Ordered the Fancy chicken burger, that was ok. Mac and cheese was so overcooked and tasteless that it even made Pret look good. Hot fries were the biggest disappointment, cheese sauce was bland and they lacked any sort of punch. Kale and sweet potato, standard.
Staff were lovely, but service painfully slow. I really wanted to like this place, but sadly it just wasn't up to scratch.
Great food, a hard working team of young people (who were all superb on my visit - and big up to the head chef backstage managing the team as it was swift and superb!), and a great atmosphere. Adios Nandos - I know where I'll be going back next time I'm lickin' for chickin.