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REVIEW: Chick ‘n’ Sours, Seven Dials

Chick n sours

REVIEW: Chick ‘n’ Sours, Seven Dials

Chick n sours

WHAT? Beyond excellent fried chicken and above average dipping sauces, served with an array of punchy Pisco Sours to banging disco tunes (served up by former DJ Carl Clarke, the tunes are guaranteed to be good).

WHERE? A buzzy central London basement stamped with neon signage bleating their ethos (“Fry Till You Die!!”), descending into Chick ‘n’ Sours sparks memories of nightclub stairways. The place is packed, full of youngsters and local workers with rolled up sleeves, tucking into towering plates of fried chicken. The portions are generous and the tables are groaning with sauces and sides.

Chick n sours

We greedily ordered Hot Disco Wings (£6) and Chicken Tenders (£8) to start (served ‘straight up’ with ‘seaweed crack’, which we enjoyed but wouldn’t hurry to label that addictive). Next came a shared Great Tamarind Express burger (£12), a mountain of fried thigh, Coronation kewpie, tamarind chutney, coconut and green chilli sambol creating a gloriously messy meal, expertly lightened with the option of pickled watermelon (£5).

Happily, there’s a veggie option available, though herbivores could do worse than covering the table with several pickle dishes, notably the Hunan-style cucumbers (£4) in chilli, garlic and sesame. Elsewhere on the menu you’ll find large plates of ‘Drumstick & Thigh’, jazzed up with the likes of Malaysian lemongrass curry sauce, bean sprouts, Thai basil and crispy shallots (£12).

WHY GO? Let’s talk Sours – half the restaurant’s namesake, and with good reason. This short menu of incredibly purse-friendly drinks (£7 per cocktail is cheap for around these parts) packs a real punch. We adored the Pisco punch, mixing Pisco (a Peruvian white brandy) with sherbet, apple and citrus, but more varied options included the Pink Elephant (vodka, banana, pineapple, pomegranate and citrus) and the Chick ‘n’ Club – a blend of gin, blackberries, blackcurrant and rosemary vinegar, apple and citrus.

Chick n sours

ANYTHING ELSE? At the weekend, try a brunch bun (fried thigh with avocado and hot sauce) or go all-out and sample the ‘Whole Fry Sunday’, a new offering of buttermilk brined & whole fried free-range chicken, doused in chilli vinegar & tangy Gochujang mayo.

DETAILS: Chicknsours.co.uk / 020 3198 4814 / 1a Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LL / sevendials@chicknsours.co.uk

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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