As sure as night becomes day, chicken restaurants are poised to hatch across the capital. As usual, the trend comes from the states but as well this comes because of global meat price issues and the fact that most people just like it. Most offers are buttermilk southern fried chicken or variants of. British free-range is the currency in this market, with plenty of noise about provenance but steering clear of industry approved ‘happy’ chicken standards because they cost and actually nobody’s really sure what it all means.
So, The Tramshed by Mark Hix in Shoreditch is a steak and chicken (cock and bull) only offer, Roost from Cass Titcombe (Canteen) is eyeing up sites and ready to pounce following his Soho pop-up. Spit and Roast are the truck of choice, already cruising Hackney and Eat.St with their van with the odd residency. WingWIng are looking but most interesting of all, Port Authority, with their incredible fusion flavours and too-cool heritage are ready for a Shoreditch residency before the real deal comes to Dalston. Soho House have the Chicken Shop in Kentish Town (great value!) and are ready for roll-out. And check out Los Pollos, Wishbone are down in Brixton market, Chooks are up in Muswell Hill, Whyte & Brown are coming to market (corporate version), ClockJack have opened in Soho, Lucky Chip have morphed into Lucky Fried Chicken, Mother Clucker.. ENOUGH ALREADY !! To boost the hype, Tweat_up, the organisers of the hugely successful Ribstock 2012 are rumoured to be bringing Chicken STOCK to London where operators will go head to head. c mike parmer 2013