Right, Soho House-watchers, the Chicken Shop/Pizza East behemoth on Highgate Road is now set to open in September (thanks to reader Joel Smith for pinging over this little cut from the latest Soho House members’ magazine).
Incidentally, it’s funny how chicken is suddenly everyone’s meat du jour. Yes, it’s never exactly ‘gone away,’ but we think it’s officially a ‘trend’ after reading about several new poultry-centred openings including Mark Hix’s Tramshed on Rivington Street, with its focus on whole birds claws-and-all served heads down, tails up (its website domain name? Not Tramshed at all but simply chickenandsteak.co.uk)
NW5′s own posh Chicken Shop will seat 40 and offer takeaway too. Note the 1950s look, with red-and-white chequerboard floor and brightly coloured furniture to contrast the more elegant austerity of Pizza East upstairs. We also like the retro logo combining upper and lower case fonts.
And the meat? ‘Using free-range birds from Banham’s farm in Norfolk,’ reads the article, ‘the chicken is marinated overnight, steamed to lock in the flavour and then transferred to the specially developed rotisserie to be cooked over charcoal and wood. Order a quarter, half or whole chicken, along with simple sides of triple cooked chips, creamy coleslaw, corn on the cob and salad.’
Sounds mouth-watering. Oh, and Chicken Shop will have a separate entrance from Pizza East, which will stylishly dish up more of what we have experienced at the Shoreditch flagship.
In the meantime, let’s have a mass debate. Who in the manor currently serves up the most finger-lickin chicken?