Come find out what Cluk are dishing up over in East London.
Twitter is great isn't it? There I was chilling at work when my phone starts pinging and I see a tweet from a place in East London asking if I wanted a free burger? Errr, is the pope catholic? Do foodbloggers worship avocados? Yes, I want my free burger please. Luckily for me this wasn't some dodgey burger van outside a club inviting me for a greasy, salmonella-filled burger but the wonderful guys over at Cluk in Shoreditch. Cluk (great name) is a southern American/Caribbean/Latino inspired menu, with flavours that certainly pack a punch. On their website it talks about two friends who stayed up late one night and saw a gap in the East London market for some good old chicken. Down in south London we have Chicken Shop who serve up rotisserie style chicken but it's true there aren't many solely chicken restaurants in London (excluding KFC and Cottage Chicken which 4am Molly loves). Cluk is currently based at Hoxton 7, a 5 minute walk from Old Street tube which has a wacky and quirky vibe to the interior keeping to the hipster scene of Shoreditch. It seems like a cool destination for a couple beers with friends after work.
The menu is simple and small. Firstly, you choose your chicken - grilled, wings, tenders, burger or a veggie burger. We chose one portion of tenders, deep fried strips of chicken breast and one chicken burger which is a grilled and butterflied chicken breast. Next there are four marinades to choose from. Grandpa's BBQ, Garlic and three cheese, Nina's chicken or Atomic which our waiter warned was too hot. We went for the Grandpa's BBQ and Nina's chicken sauces although I'm kind of regretting not trying the Atomic. Finally choose a side dish or two. There's fries, sweet potato fries, salad, tortilla chips, slaw and mac 'n' cheese. We had one normal fries and one sweet potato fries which were so bloody good. Sweet potato fries can be really difficult to perfect as they have such a high water content but these were crispy and fluffy in the middle. Definitely would recommend trying a portion. The chicken tenders were tasty with just the right amount of batter. At one point I thought they may have been shop bought as they were so well constructed. The Grandpa's bbq sauce was sweet and a little spicy. I would have liked a lot more marinade or perhaps it should come on the side too. The Nina's chicken marinade was tangy and sticky with a nice kick. Perfect jerk sauce. The chicken burger itself was juicy, packed full of that charred almost caramelised taste and it was refreshing to see something other than a brioche bun. The normal fries were forgettable but the sweet potato fries are a must.
*The lovely guys at Cluk kindly fed us for free .
Queue: We visited on a Sunday evening, quite an unusual time so there was no queue. The great thing about Cluk is you can book in advance.
Price: A main, side and drink will cost you just over £15 a head.
Ambience: The staff were chilled and polite, crazy interior with a fun bar if you fancy drinks after. Great food, inexpensive, very relaxed. I'd definitely recommend if you're in the area and you've got a craving for chicken.
Do you know of any amazing chicken places in London?
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.