Absurd Bird

54 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London

Affordable, Southern-style chicken joint with a nice vibe

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Address:54 Commercial Street
E1 6LT
Map:Map & nearby
Nearest Station:Aldgate East
About: Absurd Bird brings you high-end southern fried chicken coupled with the weird and wacky... absolute top-quality, finger-lickin food coupled with a good dose of humour and entertainment.

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"Affordable, Southern-style chicken joint with a nice vibe"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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The address of Absurd Bird used to be a slightly scuzzy, yet beloved afterhours nightclub. Now it has all the trappings of a trendy chicken restaurant. Outside seats are tree stumps, lighting is placed inside binoculars and birdcages, and menus are printed with amusing, real headlines ("headless man found in topless bar" for instance), so you've got something to entertain you while waiting for the food to arrive.

We get a piping hot, very tasty spinach and artichoke dip served in a mini saucepan, with freshly fried, proper tortilla chips, none of the Doritos stuff. It's a very sizeable starter which turns out to be the running theme - further proof if needed that they favour supersizing everything across the pond. Four buttermilk chicken wings are practically the size of baby chickens, with nice crunchy coating. The blue cheese sauce has a pleasing tang.

Sliders with fried chicken have a fairly plain pimento cheese and bacon jam, but the real highlight is Big Mama’s Favourite, smoky chicken Southern style with crispy skin and a deliciously gloopy gravy. Warning: it's big enough for too, and at £12 it's a complete bargain.

As side dishes there's Jalapeno mac and cheese, and sweet potato bake topped with marshmallow, with cinnamon that wafts through the air before it even arrives. It's so saccharine it may well be a dessert - Americans sure like their sweet stuff.
As well as being affordable it has a fun vibe, all the staff are smiley and seem to genuinely enjoy working here.

Leila reviewed Absurd Bird on Fri 17 Jun 2016
Review disclosure: reviewer was invited to review

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