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‘Healthy’ Fried Chicken In A Hut! We Try Clutch

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WHAT?  ‘Guilt-free’ and ‘fried chicken’ aren’t words you’d normally put together, but Clutch‘s (free-range) poultry is fried in nut oil, which leaves your less bloated and your skin clearer than usual after a night scoffing the stuff. Listening now, aren’t you?

You can’t miss the canary yellow hut a stone’s throw from hipster haven Columbia Road, flanked by fake grass and garden furniture. It’s not your average restaurant, and the fun continues inside – ‘Gin My Feelings’, ‘Gettin’ Piggy With It’ and ‘Down In The DM’ cocktail concoctions are chalked on the walls, with gnarly monochrome prints covering every surface.

NEED TO KNOW:  The KFC is a *must* try. Our waiter wouldn’t give in until we agreed to try brined cauliflower, fried in a tempura batter then dipped in black vinegar & mirin sauce, served with sesame and plenty of lime. And for good reason – the flavours hail straight from Asia, creating an insanely moreish dish that almost overshadowed the rockstar chicken dishes to follow. Continue with the ‘No Woman, No Thigh’ – buttermilk fried chicken, leg and thigh served up plain (super crispy and piping hot) or doused in the house soy glaze – followed up with a ‘Buns Hun’. That’s double boneless thighs with kohlrabi slaw and smokey ‘Clutchup’: nom.

If you’ve room, more cocktails are always a good idea. Then there’s the ‘Sweet Beak’ chocolate brownie with vanilla cream and berry compote for afters, for just a fiver… who could squawk at that?

ANYTHING ELSE? The venue is a bit iffy, but stick with it. Wandering down the road from Haggerston towards Columbia Road market you might feel as if you’re not really getting anywhere, and to be honest, when you find the place you don’t exactly feel like you’ve arrived.

Surrounded by fake grass, it’s got the air of an ex-public toilet. Doesn’t exactly scream sophistication, though it’s definitely quirky. Inside, low lighting, brass fixtures and long benches tick off hipster design boxes but you can’t quite shake the feeling you’re dining in a jazzed up shed. Good job, then, that the cocktails are this good. After two or three you forget where you are anyway (oh, and it’s 2-4-1 cocktails Tuesday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm)…

INFO: 4 Ravenscroft Street, London E2 7QG / clutchme@clutchchicken.com / 0207 729 4402 / Clutchchicken.com

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