16 April, 2014
The Chicken Shop
I can’t believe I dined at Chicken Shop in Tooting back in February and am only getting the chance to blog about it today. Yes, things are busy these days and time really does fly!
We discovered Chicken Shop while driving through Tooting one evening. If you are familiar with the south London neighbourhood , you will know that the main high street is full of Asian shops as well as South Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants. Tooting also has a growing number of trendy bars and restaurants with Chicken Shop being relatively new to the vibrant scene.
Chicken Shop is part of the famous Soho House group that own popular restaurants, bars and cinemas in London. Tooting is the second site for Chicken Shop – the first one being Kentish Town in north London.
The restaurant is tiny and from the outside, it looks more like a rotisserie bar with a lack of proper seating. Chicken Shop don’t take reservations so we went for an early dinner (restless child in tow) mentally prepared for a difficult wait. To my pleasant surprise, we were seated straight away thanks to a hidden, family friendly, dining area at the back. Phew.
The menu is simple and focused entirely on, you guessed it, chicken. You choose the size of chicken (whole/half/quarter), your sauce (hot/smokey), and your side (chips/salad/coleslaw/corn.) Vegetarians will definitely go hungry!
It’s all about the chicken and calling it tender is an understatement. The free-range rotisserie chicken, marinated overnight, is melt-in-your-mouth-fabulous. The sauces add a spicy kick to the flavour but the chicken is just as enjoyable on its own with a side of perfectly crinkled chips.
Highly recommend Chicken Shop if you find yourself in Tooting and in the mood for delicious rotisserie chicken. Go early and expect to queue – Chicken Shop is extremely popular.
Visit www.chickenshop.comfor menu and more info!