Chicken in all its glorious varieties started becoming a big deal a couple of years ago with the opening of a spate of restaurants (Wishbone, Chicken Shop, Chook, Roost, et. al) taking on the cheap and cheerful Morleys of the London with a posher, free-range alternative. The latest contender to open late last year was Clutch, a hip little restaurant just off the Columbia Road (in the Hoxton area) that not only serves all sorts of chicken, but has ensured the sides and cocktails are equally as creative to stand out from the crowd. Clutch has no shame in playing up to the chicken theme and the menu screams with gags galore – “clutch it real good” chicken chowder anyone? – but gimmicks aside, the food is quite remarkable. Last Friday night was a chance for a friend and I to try a bit of everything from the menu, aided by the lovely co-owner Anthony Ussher. After downing a Cackling Goose Cosmo “clutchtail” (a fruity concoction made with vodka, apricot jam, sugar syrup, cranberry juice, lime and triple sec) we went in on:
- Two delicious half buckets of peppery buttermilk and sweet soy and garlic chicken (with dippety dips of roasted garlic and creme fraiche for the latter and chicken gravy for the former)
- Peanut and chilli crust “love me tenders” – simply tasty
- Homemade cream coleslaw – fresh and crunchy, the way mom used to make it
- Sesame and honey wings – a great pairing with the crispy fabulous fries
- Baby beets with parsley, pistachio, pesto with torn mozzarella – an unusual salad but it works
- Mother hen stuffing – buttery and moreish! A pleasant change from the kind served at Christmas..
…And to say we were stuffed was an understatement. Clutch is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a spot off the beaten track that’s clearly put alot of TLC in their food – and price wise, dinner might set you back around £20, but the portions are generous enough to ensure you get your money’s worth. Check out our pics below, but for more info, visit: www.clutchchicken.com What’s your favourite chicken spot in London? Tell us in the comments!