Hi guys, if you love fried chicken as much as I do, this post is for you. It’s going to be a bit of a chatty post so if you just want to know if Clutch Chicken is worth it, then you might want to scroll down to my ratings near the bottom. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Last weekend I had a little catch up with my good friend Dapo (he definitely begged me for a mention..) and I suggested that we should jazz things up a little by eating somewhere other than the norm. We love chicken, but it’s actually not everyday KFC or Nandos. Going to a university that has 2 Nandos’ within walking distance has just made me sick of that establishment altogether. I was also really keen to see what all the fuss is re: chicken and waffles.
After a quick Google search of “chicken and waffles in London” we decided to go for Clutch Chicken, which is about a 5 minute walk from Hoxton overground station. I’ll be honest, there were 2 main things that made me gravitate towards this place over a few others I’d read about in Top 5 Places for Chicken and Waffles in London.
1. IT’S BRIGHT YELLOW! As in, the Yellow Pages type of yellow and I love quirky looking places. They’re usually a nice vibe.
2. It’s a bit cheaper than the notorious Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. I’m all about saving my coins.
Onto the ratings…
I made a reservation on their website which was quick and super easy to navigate. I would strongly recommend making a reservation beforehand because from what I could see, you might not be guaranteed a seat immediately if you just walk in. It was extremely packed at 3pm on a Saturday, which is something to be aware of if you’re not into dining shoulder-to-shoulder with your neighbour if you know what I mean.
Atmosphere and Interior
Hmm. I have mixed feelings. When we walked in I was a little taken aback because of the masses and masses of customers. Happy customers is probably a good sign but unfortunately I didn’t take a photo so picture this:
A small school dining hall or canteen with lots of noisy kids (adults). Thank goodness we didn’t actually end up sitting in this part of the restaurant because that just isn’t my style. But it would definitely be ideal for group bookings.
We were seated in a secondary part of the restaurant which was separated from the main entrance seating area by a short corridor, with their trademark black and white stripes decorating the floor. This seating area was completely different. Once again I was shocked but this time by how nice it was. I was expecting a glorified fried chicken shop but I was met with woody polished tables, slightly dim lighting to create a vibe, candles and incense, long elaborate mirrors and a bar – the place was almost regal looking.
To top it off, the music – the music was so good! It was mostly music from the late 90s and early 2000s. In just over an hour we heard a selection including the sounds of Sorry Ms. Jackson, some chilled Lauryn Hill, R. Kelly’s Happy People and there was even a bit of Rihanna’s new album for those of you into popular music. I was basically sold when they played Frank Ocean – Novacane (yes, I haven’t given up hope. I am still waiting for that highly anticipated album to be released. Get it together Frank).
We came for their Saturday & Sunday Brunch Menu and we both ordered the Wishbone Waffles. This includes “Morning Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Pancake Waffles, Turkey Bacon & Homemade Bourbon Syrup” for £13. For this price, you get 2 pancake waffles, 2 strips of turkey bacon, 2 pieces of fried chicken and a good size pot of the syrup.
Generally the food was great and really exceeded my expectations. The turkey bacon actually resembled fried plantain from a distance and perhaps it will appear that way in my photos too, but by the time I put it in my mouth I definitely knew the difference. The crispy to chewy ratio was spot on. My only real complaints are that the waffles weren’t as sweet as I would like and the chicken itself, although very well seasoned, could have been a bit more moist/juicy. But having said that, this wasn’t a major issue because it comes with syrup which I drenched my food in. Problem solved.
The syrup kind of tasted like alcohol? In the sense that it wasn’t sickly sweet, it had a more refined almost-bitter-but-not-quite tang. I loved it though.
Our waitress was very nice and dealt with us kindly. They also didn’t mind when we asked for another pot of syrup (my friend Dapo is greedy). It’s just a shame that the wait for the food is so long! Admittedly we were hungry so our impatience was heightened and it was very packed… but nonetheless we waited about 10 minutes before our orders were taken and an additional 20 minutes or so to be served our food. It was worth the wait though and as I said before, the music was so good, it made for a great distraction.
The Wishbone Waffles is £13 which on the face of it is quite expensive for some fancy chicken and waffles. I honestly feel this meal is overpriced for what it actually is and there is also a service charge which bumps up the price by a couple of pounds. But – in this case, you’re not just paying for the food. It’s a great vibe and the staff are very polite which made the whole experience worthy of my coins £££. I would definitely go again to try something else on their menu.
I give Clutch Chicken a strong 4/5 overall.
It’s probably the poshest fried chicken you will eat in East London. If you’re on the market for a quirky little place to get brunch/lunch or even dinner it’s a sensible option that will leave you feeling very satisfied. It’s ideal for casual dates, meetings, catch-ups, group bookings – just make sure you reserve first.
The bright yellow exterior and zebra print wall outside also makes a great spot for taking photos for any bloggers who care for such perks.
Have any of you tried chicken and waffles, at Clutch Chicken or elsewhere? Let me know in the comments.
God bless you!