43 The Broadway, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3HA.
‘Chooks’ is one of London’s newest (and few) dedicated chicken eateries that have sprung up recently. If you’re located near Muswill Hill this is one to try.
Right now in London there are several fantastic chicken-centric street vendors and plenty of interest around the newly opened ‘Chicken Shop’ (Kentish Town) and the forthcoming ‘Wishbone’ (Brixton). It appears that the humble domestic fowl is seeing a bit of a renaissance in the London dining scene.
For the uninitiated, a ‘chook’ is aussie slang for ‘chicken’ (or an insult, depending on usage!) Fortunately there were no need for insults as service was great. Lots of kudos to my waitress for explaining the menu and giving feedback on the bounty offered. I believe it should be an ‘unwritten’ rule that the staff should know the nuances of the dishes in a new venue. Staff are usually trained en-mass for new openings and will have tried most, if not all, of the dishes.
As Chooks are specialist in chicken I ordered a simple 1/4 ‘Chook’ cooked with buffalo sauce plus a side of onion rings and homemade slaw.
Like many places the ‘hot’ buffalo sauce was shamefully toned down to a more sedate level, however the quality of the chicken was excellent. The meat was extremely tender and came off with a twist of a fork, no knife needed at all. The juiciness of the chicken was great, just enough to be tender and clearly not a ‘pumped up with water’ beast. The only downside was that the chicken skin wasn’t as crispy as I would’ve liked. [Note: One of the photos Instgram-ed earlier looked a little on the red side as I was sat underneath a tinged lamp shade!]
The slaw was excellent, not an ‘exotic’ or fancy slaw by any means but a good solid traditional slaw with the cabbage cut to medium length and damn tasty. The onion rings arrived in a camping mug and were very thinly sliced. Unfortuantely I prefer my onion rings big and chunky but as the thin sliced variety goes, it was pretty impressive and not too oily.
Chooks is situated just off a roundabout near Muswell Hill so if you don’t live near here is might be a big of a trek as the nearest Tube Station isn’t that close. However, if you like your chicken it’s well worth a try!