Chick ‘n’ Sours (Covent Garden): where chicken was crunchylicious

Fried chicken is nostalgic comfort food for me. Growing up, it was the omnipresent party food. Whenever my class had pot luck celebrations, my mother (who can’t cook) would order fried chicken from either her caterer or Jollibee as my contribution. It’s easy, it’s happy, and errbody loves it.

I’ve yet to find the best fried chicken in London. And no, I’m not talking about the chicken shop type here but proper, homey, wholesome fried chicken that would make you smack your lips – and your great grandma proud.

Enter Chick ‘n’ Sours, who finally opened shop in Covent Garden. I’ve heard good things about the Dalston outpost but as much as I would travel for good food, I like that this new joint is more accessible.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreG and I chanced on the new opening after a shopping trip. We walked in for early supper and propped ourselves by the counter, where we perused the short but sweet menu.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreThe space is quite cute. It’s homey enough without being overly plain. Cosy enough to be super casual.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreG went for the D’N’T Sour (£8), a mix of vodka, cucumber, elderflower, and white wine. It was rather refreshing and light.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreI gravitated towards the chick’n’club #2 (£6.50). It’s a concoction made of gin, blackberry, apple, vermouth, and vinegar. It’s rather sweet but the tang of the vinegar cuts through. It’s not something I’d usually go for but I like it.

For starters, we shared a plate of Disco Wings (£6). You can get these bad boys either naked or in hot/sticky (sweet ‘n’ sour)/hot ‘n’ numbing sauce. We opted for the sticky version.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreThe serving is quite hefty. The chicken itself was pretty delicious and I was surprised how juicy the chicken was, despite all that crunchy buttermilk coating. The sauce itself was quite nice and not overly sweet. I was quite pleased.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreI went for *drum rolls* more fried chicken for mains, because why not. Covent Garden’s “guest fry” (£12) was a leg and thigh drizzled with “General Tso glaze”, chilli, spring onion and soy pickled beans. I expected this to be quite spicy, but it was very tolerable, bordering on mild. Then again, I have high tolerance for heat.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreAs far as fried chicken goes, I really love that übercrispy, crunchy coating. When fried perfectly, ie on the chicken thigh, it’s really good and the meat shines in all its chicken glory. But when overdone, ie on the drumstick… well it’s not really pleasant and actually takes away from the joy of eating fried chicken.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreG went for the K-pop bun (£12) a pressed Korean fried thigh, gochujang infused mayo, chilli vinegar and Asian slaw. G was immediately defeated by the magnanimity of this chicken burger. I thought it had much potential, if only it weren’t too dry. The brioche was quite good but something needs to bind the whole thing together.

Chick 'n' Sours by The Girl Next ShoreWe shared a green slaw (£4) out of guilt for stuffing our faces with too much fried stuff. *burps*

Verdict

Overall, I went to Chick ‘n’ Sours thinking I’d find London’s mecca of fried chicken. I don’t think I did, but it’s good enough to satisfy a craving. Would I go back? Most probably when I’m hormonal and in dire need of comfort food. It’s casual food and no way near as pretentious – nor hipster-esque for that matter. Go if you need to feed the fat kid inside in your most comfy sweater and sneaks.

(3/5)

Chick ‘n’ Sours
1A Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London WC2H
Ave spend pp: £25 pp
Chick 'n Sours Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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8 Comments

  1. 16th November 2016 / 9:48 am

    Sounds like KFC won’t be quaking in their boots yet!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      16th November 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Haha I give props to the crispy coating though!

  2. Lindsay
    17th November 2016 / 4:42 pm

    I love fried chicken as much as I love your blog. And oh, please make SoCal and New York City food guides too!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      17th November 2016 / 10:14 pm

      Try http://www.eatingaroundsocal.com/ for SoCal or The Infatuation for NYC.

      You should let me know who’s the best new blogger from Philippines as you’re there! 😉

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      19th November 2016 / 8:03 am

      Isn’t it? crispylicious, crunchylicious fried chicken! haha!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      19th November 2016 / 11:56 am

      Haha Glad we all agree! x

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