Roost Residency – From February 4th, the Roost street food truck will settle into Soho for a two month residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons. The Roost restaurant will open for lunch (Mon-Fri 12-3pm) and dinner (Mon-Sat 6-10pm). If you’ve tried their buttermilk fried chicken and chicken and chorizo burgers at Real Food Fest and Red Market, you can now enjoy it indoors with sides like fried potatoes in chicken gravy, pickled slaw and mushroom croquettes. The menu will also include new dishes like a chicken Caesar burger, a grilled chicken salad with butternut squash, livers with rye toast, and wings with chipotle ketchup. You can call ahead for a takeaway on 020 7734 0934.
Kimchi Cult – Following the success of the Mother Flipper residency, The Black Heart in Camden have persuaded another London food truck to come in from the cold. Kimchi Cult will be serving their unique Korean-inspired street food on Wednesday and Thursday evenings (5-10pm) and from noon until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They're in-house until February 16th. Their kick-ass kimchi burger is on the menu but it was the dalk galbi chicken version that impressed The Picky Glutton and Thrillist recently. It's a £6 bargain so you can splash out on sides like Korean fried chicken wings or bulgogi fries topped with steak, sesame seeds and spring onions.
Thank Cluck - The Thank Cluck team are a relatively new addition to the London street food scene but they've already impressed chicken lovers at Camden Brewery, Netil Market and The White Horse in Hoxton. They're taking over the kitchen at The Dalston Victoria every Monday in February and serving proper fried chicken, spicy Korean wings and chicken buns. Locals can look forward to weekly specials like buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, mini chicken kievs, tornado potatoes and the occasional offal offering.
Tsuru’s Kara-age Burger - Tsuru’s London restaurants are well known for serving excellent sushi and London’s best katsu curry, but did you know they also do chicken kara-age? (Japan’s answer to fried chicken). This month, they will be launching a brand new kara-age burger (pictured below) and giving away the first 50 for free to Tsuru Loyalty Card holders. Keep an eye on their twitter feed and in store for details of when you can get your hands on one.
Gizzi At The Disco - Gizzi Erskine and Carl Clarke are hooking up for a night of deep-fried debauchery at Disco Bistro on Saturday 9th February. The menu is a junk food adventure, starting with 'snax' of chicken fried popcorn, fried chicken skin and chicken salt. The main event is Gizzi's buttermilk fried chicken wings (sticky, Korean and BBQ) and a fried chicken thigh roll with avocado, latkes, pickled onions and chipotle. It might be tempting to fill up on extras like chicken fat fries and head and trotter beans, but it's worth saving room for Carl's custard doughnuts with rhubarb curd and sherbet. Tickets are £35 per head (sittings at 6.30 and 9pm, includes 3 courses and a welcome cocktail) and can only be booked over the phone (07850 630 129).
Still hungry for chicken? Try one of London’s fowl-focused restaurants. If you like things simple and tasty, try the fuss-free but flavour-packed rotisserie chicken at Chicken Shop in Kentish Town or Clockjack Oven in Soho. For something a little different, head south to Brixton Market and try out the feisty double-fried Korean wings and tangy Thai thighs at Wishbone. Their classic fried chicken and sides like the Hot Mess are worth a try too.
If you're heading east, don't forget that Spit & Roast are still serving all kinds of chicken-based delights at The Princess Alice on Commercial Street. They're in the kitchen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (6-11pm) and Sunday lunchtimes.