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Chick n Sours, Dalston

So last month I heard of a new opening on Kingsland Road;  a fried chicken and sour cocktails joint, a niche combo that commands attention on the strip otherwise saturated with Vietnamese eateries. Lucky enough to bag a spot on the soft launch, I booked in early doors to enjoy 50% off food.


We were greeted by the friendly staff and owner Carl who threw in a free welcome cocktail, obviously knowing the key to my heart. We chose the House Sour, which came generously sloshed in a tankard and topped with freeze dried strawberries, the type you get in Special K that go tangy with the addition of milk, and unsurprisingly are much better on cocktails.

 

The menu had an Asian influence with lots of sweet and spicy and tangy combos, highly preferable to the standard chicken/lettuce/mayo/bun which is now all too reminiscent of KFC. We ordered some strips to start with a blue cheese sauce which was robust in flavour and generously portioned, always highly appreciated as a sauce obsessive. Note the little pot of chilli oil on each table. Nice touch- it was cordially drained.

As our main dish we ordered the ‘House Fry’- 2 large pieces of fried chicken smothered in a sweet and sour sauce topped with toasted cashews, coriander and fresh chilli. It was SO GOOD, the Korean flavours airing more to the sweet than the salty, but still with a kick akin to rib n saucy Nik Naks. We chose a side of pickled watermelon salad- I am a fan of wacky sides so it was right up my street and it worked really well. Topped with chopped nuts and coriander it was a refreshing contrast to the indulgent chicken coating and had a lovely mix of textures that every salad should embrace.  We also had the fries which were very similar to those at McDonalds ( a good thing) and chose the XO Mayo (peanut- satay twist- again a nice element of asian fusion) to dip.

 

Other menu options included the Korean bun which was going down a storm and no wonder as it was huge, one you would find difficult getting your chops around even if you cut it in half; I had food envy. Overall the menu was small and concise, concentrating on what they do well like most places in London now, reflecting that quality and imaginative combos are the way forward.

To finish we sampled their Mr Whippy style ice cream topped with shredded Weetabix. This was a nice malty crunchy topping for the soft serve, but it could have done with a bit of sauce. The raspberry one traditionally drizzled on 99ers would be perfect and surely slot in nicely with the sweet and sour theme.

Chick n Sours is the ideal Friday night destination for a few after work cocktails to warm you up for the night ahead. If I didn’t live in Brixton, I’d make it my local for the friendly vibes and good balance of an intimate and buzzing atmosphere.

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