"What Chicken Society does, it does perfectly."Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
I love finding a restaurant that’s so tasty you want to eat there every day, especially when it’s mere minutes from your front door. Unfortunately that would be the front door I moved out of three years ago. Alas, the journey from Clapham back to my old stomping ground of Finchley was worth it for some of Chicken Society’s finest bird.
Their new menu launched this October includes everything chicken; crispy southern fried, succulent spit-roast, buttermilk fried boneless chicken - basically, the hangover food of dreams. Suffice to say one look at the menu was enough to entice me off my sofa the day after a particularly heavy session at a London wedding and drag my sorry butt 19 tube stops from my current front door to get some chicken in my belly.
The vibe of the place is totally chilled. Wooden tables, old school-style chairs, exposed brickwork, great tunes; a cosy yet cool neighbourhood spot you just know would be packed on certain nights of the week. Whilst I wasn’t in any fit state to try the cocktail menu on the evening of my visit, I was advised by my friend it was spot on. I’ll certainly be returning another time to try the Society Grog, a wicked blend of dark and golden rums, orange liqueur, passionfruit and lime and ginger ale.
Restaurants like Chicken Society are no place for tiptoeing around the buttermilk fried elephant in the room and trying to be healthy; it’s go hard or go home. While the whole southern fried chicken probably would have gone down a treat, I went for a pile of boneless buttermilk fried pieces in sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, tender, juicy and the perfect partner to parmesan, sage and truffle oil fries. They were dangerously moreish and yet I still managed to find room for a gooey pile of smoked cheddar mac and cheese. It’s hard to get this one wrong and suffice to say the sizzling dish of oozy cheesy goodness placed front of me didn’t last long. Note to self; order two next time.
If you have room for dessert get involved with a sundae. Be warned - it’s not for the faint-hearted, and certainly not for one. We struggled to share one between us, a heavenly concoction of pistachio ice cream, honeycomb, mini marshmallows, caramel sauce and whipped cream, the majority of which ended up either melted on the table or all over our faces as we both slipped into something of a sugar-induced dessert coma. I think it was a success.
What Chicken Society does, it does perfectly. A simple no frills menu of deliciously decadent chicken and dreamy sides in a totally chilled setting. The only downside is it’s so damn far away. Here’s to the next one being a little closer to home.
Laurel reviewed Chicken Society on Tue 21 Nov 2017