Local Eats: Chick ‘N’ Sours

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The second Chick ‘n’ Sours restaurant has opened in Seven Dials, just one year after opening in Haggerston. We HAD to head over having loved the first. Here’s what we thought…

What to Expect

Bold fried chicken and sides, banging flavours, sour cocktails, and oh-so-smooth soft-serve ice-cream creations. Everything here is made with a whole ‘lotta love’, taking inspiration from Chinese restaurants, fried chicken across America and sleazy cocktail bars. Their words, not ours, but we loved it.

What to Eat

The Mexinese Nachos – is the dish to start with while trying to decide on the menu. This new dish is a hot and spicy take on Mexican and Chinese flavours using a Szechuan ‘ragù’ of minced chicken, smoked bacon, Szechuan pepper and fermented chilli. Of course there’s cheese, did we mention it’s kimchi flavoured cheese sauce? This dish was demolished. 

Mexinese Nachos

Mexinese Nachos

Then there’s The Colonel, based on founder Carl Clarke’s research after travelling to NYC and getting through many, many chicken sandwiches. Made with a buttermilk-brined herb-fed thigh fried and served on potato bread with a buttermilk herb mayo, lettuce, pickles and American cheese. Did it live up to its rep? Yes it did! Add some a twist with the K-Pop Bun’s Korean flavours.

If you’re in need of something to cut through all the comfort food goodness, (and you will!) add the Pickled Watermelon to your feast with peanut, coriander and mint (and a good dash of chilli).

Cool down with the Soft-serve ice cream, salted milk chocolate, white chocolate and miso crumb.

bun

What to Drink

It’s all about the legendary sour cocktails here. Whether it’s the Chick’n’Club #2 with gin, blackberry, apple, vermouth, vinegar and a sour; or our favourite the Rye’n’Black, with Rye whiskey, red wine syrup and sour; you simply have to start the evening with one of these.

Best for

Party vibes, this is the place for great catch ups with friends over food and drinks. Looking for a fun date spot? Head here too.

Don’t Miss

Visitors to the original: the Brunch Bun remains – fried thigh, gochujang mayo, bacon, fried egg, avocado, Asian slaw, and Sriracha sour cream – plus the Whole Fry will also be available. Indulge in a whole fried chicken with a choice of two sides for £30 – Forget your Sunday roast!

Chick ‘n’ Sours | 1 Earlham Street WC2H 

Read our interview with Carl Clarke here.

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