Food industry insiders are citing the recession as the reason for so many restaurants with single-item menus in London right now. Specialisation on one dish allows efficiency, economies of scale and the ability to do one thing really really well. My latest find has perhaps not chosen the healthiest speciality, but the free range fried chicken and doughnuts from new-ish BIRD were certainly finger-lickin’ good.
A bright, modern interior, with cute bird symbols peppering every piece of furniture, wall and plate, BIRD in Shoreditch is a far cry from KFC.
Fried chicken is served in various portion sizes with different glazes, or you can mix it up with chicken burgers, salads or cheese and onion waffles. Sides are pretty deep fried too – chips, fried pickles, etc – and I actually wouldn’t bother venturing into the non-fried territory (our coleslaw was poor) – just accept that this is going to be a cheat day!
We ate buffalo-glazed chicken pieces with hickory BBQ dipping sauce and fresh cut fries, and a plate of chicken and waffles – pieces of crispy fried chicken atop cheddar and onion waffles, drizzled with Canadian maple syrup – shouldn’t work, but totally does.
Whatever you do, you must leave room for dessert. With The Doughnut Hatch on-site, there are fresh glazed doughnuts that simply must be tried. Maple syrup, cinnamon sugar and Oreo were the flavours on the menu when we visited.
I went for an Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwich – an Oreo doughnut, halved and filled with vanilla ice cream, fresh whipped cream and chocolate sauce – so many calories for a mere £4!! For doughnut-haters, there are sundaes and banana splits on the menu instead.
If you can’t stick around, The Doughnut Hatch does takeaway coffee and freshly baked goodness every day from 9am until sold out. Check their Twitter for daily flavours.
BIRD and The Doughnut Hatch
42/44 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8DA