31 August 2018

Chicken Society, Finchley

So I have this thing with chicken...Not just any chicken, american style chicken.  BBQ, buffalo, sweet chilli and everything in-between, so when I was invited to check out a restaurant called Chicken Society there was no way I could say no! 
Chicken Society as the name suggests specialises in all things chicken!  Whether it's roasted, pulled or soaked in buttermilk you'll find it here.  The restaurant has the kind of laid back. rustic feel that makes everyone feel at home with neon signs, dark wood and murals keeping it trendy yet classic.  Opening up the menu we headed straight to the drinks section where Chicken Society has a great choice of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks including milkshakes cocktails and their speciality, rum!  We wanted to start off weekend off right so dove straight into the cocktails (or Clucktails as they are appropriately named here).  I opted for the Elderflower Rickey, a mixture of vodka, elderflower, cucumber and lime for a refreshing, easy to drink beverage.  My sister wanted to try one of the rum options and so opted for the Rum Swizzle, a blend of Bacardi rum, raspberry liquor, Ting and lime for a sweet and light drink.
Getting a start on the food we opted to share the Loaded Society Nachos and Crispy Halloumi with Sweet Chilly dip.  Both starters were tasty, fresh and seriously moorish.  The loaded nachos with pulled chicken, avocado, smocked cheddar and yogurt had the perfect amount of topping and crunch without getting soggy.  The combination of flavours complemented each other really well and made for a great start to the meal.  The halloumi sticks were seasoned perfectly and lightly battered to bring out the full flavours of the cheese which was paired well with the sour cream and sweet chile dip, seriously delicious!
Onto the main course and it was so hard to choose so we decided to share once again.  Unfortunately they were already sold out of the latest addition to the menu, chicken and waffles, so we settled on The Posh Bird Burger as our first choice, a combination of southern fried boneless chicken, streaky bacon, smoked cheddar and smashed avocado.  The burger was flavourful but a little dry and probably my least favourite thing we tried.  We also split the boneless buttermilk fried chicken thighs in a sweat and smokey BBQ sauce.  These were amazing!  I'll be coming back just for these alone!  The meat was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection and the BBQ sauce was tangy, sweet and slightly tart.  This has easily made it into one of my top 5 chicken dishes in London.
We were rather full by this point we still couldn't resist desert, so we both opted for sundaes.  I went for the The Berry One, a combination of raspberry ripple ice cream, mini marshmallows, strawberry sauce and candyfloss.  Sweet, light and fruity it made a great end to the meal and talk about insta-worthy!  My sister opted for The Chocolate One which consist of double chocolate and vanilla ice cream (although they'd ran out of the chocolate on our visit), pieces of chocolate brownie, honeycomb, smarties and salted caramel sauce, a combination she loved.

What is your favourite London chicken dish?  I'd love to hear it!
I was invited to review Chicken Society, all words and opinions are my own.
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