Think fried chicken and you probably think of the end of a night out, sitting on those flimsy red plastic chairs as you drunkenly work your way through a box of grease. Well your opinion of fried chicken is set to change next month as Kingsland Road welcomes Chick ‘n’ Sours which is going to raise the bar.
Brought to you by pop-up extraordinnaire Carl Clarke the guy behind East London projects such as God Save the Clam and Rock Lobsta, Chick ‘n’ Sours will be serving up free range, herb – fed chicken, sour cocktails, pretty epic sides and nostalgic ice-cream.
The menu is kept straight forward and succinct and will consist of a House Fry, Guest Fry and House Sour and Guest Sour. The House Fry will be served with Carl’s signature seaweed crack and Asian inspired pickled watermelon and peanut salad. The Guest Fry will change on a monthly basis and will be inspired by Carl’s travels, so you can expect to find the likes of fried butter chicken with Jhal Muri sprinkles, alongside Carl’s fried chicken roll and hot wings.
The sides are impressive too, you’ll find sprouting broccoli, seaweed mayonnaise and pickled green beans, coal grilled corn with Berkswell cheese and Laksa peas and coconut cashews – no limp vegetables here.
Come the weekend, head there for killer brunches especially on a Sunday which is aptly named ‘Whole Fry Sundays’ and will see a whole fried chicken for two with chilli vinegar, gochujang mayonnaise and pickled watermelon – which sounds better than roast chicken to us.
The ice-cream flavours rather spectacular with Carl taking inspiration from childhood, to create flavours such as Weetabix, cinnamon bun and white chocolate and miso with milk crumb! The sours part of Chick ‘n’ sours comes from the sour cocktails, you know how great vinegar is on chips? Well Carl says that the same as the sour cocktail and fried chicken, a perfect combination. Bases will be tequila, bourbon and pisco whilst syrups and tinctures will be made in-house.
Fried-chicken will never be the same again.
Chick ‘n’ Sours: Opens 17th April, 390 Kingsland Road, London E8 2AA www.chicknsours.co.uk