Located in between Kentish Town and Gospel Oak station, from the same people who brought you Dirty Burger and Pizza East, Chicken Shop is an interesting underground restaurant serving nothing but rotisserie chicken as its main course. Rotisserie chicken is always one of those thing that look better than it tastes, but having heard so much positive reviews about Chicken Shop I visited with high expectation.
The restaurant was buzzing on a busy Saturday evening, very classic American style décor with a big bar table toward the front which you can sit behind to watch all the mouth watering action. We went for a half chicken with a side of coleslaw, on the table you have a choice of smoky or hot sauces to go with the chicken but guess what? You don't really need it as the chicken itself taste so dam awesome already.
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The chicken was roasted to perfection, right on the money with not trace of rawness. It was so tender, moist and smooth, very juicy and full of flavours. Great balance of fat under the skin to carry an extra richness and the skin itself had a nice hint of smoky flavour. Top notch seasoning with all the herbs, spices, salt, pepper and lemon juice worked wonders together. It was so good that after the meal I told myself I will never bother returning to Nando again.
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Chicken Shop turned out to be a pleasant surprise, it was by far the best rotisserie chicken I've ever had. Service was also great, friendly and they took the time to explain all the necessary information. I just wished it is a little closer to where I am. With a restaurant group behind it, it definitely has the possibility to do so (expanding), but I hope they can maintain the high standard should they do so. Meanwhile I am more than happy to travel an extra mile to get my hands on those juicy chicken again.
£12 per head
79 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1TL