Ramadan Mubarak everyone! How’s your fast going? Alhamdullilah mine’s been going quite well. One thing I noticed for this year is the rise of restaurants offering an iftar menu. It’s actually amazing to see so many restaurants in London are catering to this community. Even though I do prefer staying at home for iftar (mainly because I’m not a night person and dislike going out at night time), some of the menus look enticing enough to lure me out of my crib. Especially when it’s from a delicious chicken restaurant called BIRD and you get to enjoy it together with some other fellow halal foodies – how could I say no to that?!
BIRD is restaurant that specializes in fried chicken, with branches in Shoreditch, Camden, Islington and Stratford. Not just fried chicken, but halal and free-range fried chicken. The branches that offer an iftar menu are Shoreditch, Camden and Islington. Shoreditch is the one we all went to.
Fried Chicken Wings
To start with the meal, you get to have a plate of six wings of your own pick of sauce or glaze. The list of sauces available is:
- Buffalo (glazed over chicken)
- Korean (glazed over chicken)
- Sticky Soy
- Nashville Hot
- House BBQ
- Buttermilk Ranch
- Wasabi Lime Mayo
- Blue Cheese
- Honey Ginger
Korean Glaze (glazed over chicken)
My eyes were only set on this when I first read the menu. With the rising popularity of Korean Fried Wings, I was curious to see BIRD’s take on this Asian twist. I liked the fried chicken itself but it’s not saucy enough in my opinion. The glaze wasn’t evenly over all the wings. Instead it’s more like some sauce over a plate of chicken with sesame sprinkled on top. The fried chicken was pretty decent – a crispy coating and fairly succulent meat. It’s in overall good but the Korean flavours didn’t really pop out as much as I anticipated. They’re enjoyable but lacked that wowing factor and the saucy finger-licking effect that Korean wings normally does.
For this one, the honey ginger is served separately to the fried chicken. Again it’s pretty good fried chicken on its own. The sauce has a nice kick of ginger and also a lime-y tang. It really reminded me of some home Cantonese flavours. More specifically the honey & lemon drink we have in traditional restaurants. Whether it matches with the fried chicken, I’m not a hundred percent convinced about it. The reason is I don’t think it’s a sauce that you can just throw onto any fried chicken. In my head, the way this could work is handling the poultry in a more Asian-style way and have the Honey Ginger glazed over it. There’s a gap in blending the typical Western fried chicken with this cozy Far East flavour.
As for the Buffalo Wings, these ones are more evenly glazed. It’s definitely saucier than the Korean glazed wings as well. I find the flavours somewhat lying in between Buffalo and Louisiana. Regardless, these wings were lovely. The flavours worked out well with the fried chicken. It’s one nice classic plate of wings.
Chicken & Waffles Plate
I’ve always absolutely loved Chicken & Waffles. There is something that works insanely well about this sweet and savoury dish. The BIRD‘s version of Chicken & Waffles consists drumstick & boneless thigh, freshly griddled waffle, house honey butter & Canadian maple syrup.
First of all, how gorgeously fluffy these waffles look?! It looks extra pretty as well with the icing sugar dusted on top. The waffles for certain tasted as great as it looks. It carries this buttery aroma and eggy flavour with a beautiful subtle hint of sweetness. Add a slab of the honey butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, these waffles are absolutely heavenly. Altogether with the fried chicken, it’s most absolutely one flawless comfort food.
Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Burger
This burger involves fried chicken thigh, Nashville hot sauce, American cheese, buttermilk ranch, lettuce & pickles. The piece of fried chicken was good and, most importantly, not dry or tough to eat. All the sauces add a nice tease of flavours as well. Not the most stunning fried chicken burger we’ve had but definitely a satisfying one.
Glazed Doughnut & Doughnut Holes
And for desserts, we’re served with doughnuts. The iftar menu stated it to be their glazed doughnuts but they were running out of them so some of us were served with the doughnut holes instead – which I actually preferred.
These mini doughtnuts were still hot when served on the table. They are dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with a chocolate dipping sauce. The freshly baked doughnuts were so warm and fluffy. The chocolate sauce was sweet but not particularly rich. If it was more chocolate-y, it would have been absolutely perfect.
For the glazed doughnut, we were served with a chocolate glazed one and a caramel one (which was at somewhere on the other end of the table). I was way too full to try them out at that point.
To sum up, it was definitely one lovely evening to break fast and enjoy iftar with some soul food with a group of like-minded foodies. The food was generally good and decent. My favourite ought to be the Fried Chicken and Waffles as it really hits the spot for me. We also really enjoyed the hipster setting and music (it was a bit loud though), which all adds to the dining experience. It’s all in all a nice spot to indulge yourself with comfort food.
My Rating: 3.9/5
Heavenly Fried Chicken & Waffles!
Halal Status: Halal
Address: 42/44 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8DA
Closest Station: Hoxton / Shoreditch High Street