So my other half and I headed up to Kentish Town in North London for these much-hyped new restaurants in Kentish Town. Well, in fact, there are two restaurants and one burger shack. Pizza East and Chicken Shop are in the same building, and Dirty Burger is housed in a little shack around the back. Apparently Giles Coren loves them all. And if they're good enough for Giles Coren, I think they're worth a visit.
We got there at just before noon on a Sunday, and went straight to the burger shack.
So the burger's verdict came from Adam. And he loved it.
He polished that off in less than 5 mins. So I guess it was very good!
Then we moved to Chicken Shop, on the basement of Pizza East, through a non-descript door. This is how 'cool' London restaurants have become - there are no longer obvious signs, you have to know what to look and where to look, you might even have to say a password (like some bars in Shoreditch).
We were seated at the counter table - basically a shared space between the diners and the chefs at work. The counter also served as a barrier between us and these plump, juicy chicken being roasted right in front of us.
And finally our chicken was ready, and was tackled by the chef.
The portion of the fries was very generous. We almost couldn't finish it if it weren't because of how good they were. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and not overly salty. The coleslaw was more forgettable, and can do with some more seasoning. But at that point we didn't really care. We were loving the chicken.
'Er...I don't know. A normal piece?'
Then he went on and got us a giant piece of crumbly apple pie. The apple was still slightly tart, which I liked. It wasn't overcooked into a mush either. It was guuud. I also like their mentality of not taking things too seriously and allowing for a bit less, or a bit more, pie.
After 2 drinks, half a chicken, two sides, and a piece of pie, the bill came to only £26 inclusive of service charge. That's almost as cheap as the breakfast I had the other day at this place on Camden High Street, which I might not write about because it's not quite worth mentioning. Chicken Shop is amazingly good value. I loved the vibe, I loved the food. I will return.