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Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

Bird (Chicken) – Camden, London (Eat Out To Help Out)

HALAL STATUS Fully Halal chicken (prepped & cooked separately) • Gravy and Nashville Hot sauce not Halal • Pork served • Alcohol served

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

With six branches across London, and a brand that specialises in ‘Fried Chicken & Waffles’, we decided on visiting Bird at their Camden branch in north west London.

This particular venue has made good use of its space with a Covid-friendly setup that utilises one door as an entrance and the other next door as an exit.

Markings at the front of shop, which designate a 1-meter social distancing rule, had us waiting our turn outdoors before being invited in to sanitise our hands, choose to make use of a box full of vinyl gloves, and sign a track-and-trace book. All good so far.

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help OutAfter putting in our order with the store manager, who diligently wore a face covering, we were led to our choice of table indoors, with the option of limited seating available outside.

While Bird’s chicken is fully Halal (as verified by a Halal certificate visibly affixed to the front door itself), we were immediately informed upon inquiry that their gravy and Nashville Hot sauce are not Halal.

In addition, we were also told that although a Bacon & Cheese burger was available on the menu, the former was stored, prepped and cooked entirely separately so as to avoid any cross-contamination. Again, so far so good.

 

STARTERS

Cheesy Korean Fries – Cheese sauce, mayo, Korean hot & sweet sauce, £5.00

This box of Cheesy Korean Fries sounded better on paper than what materialised. To be sure, this was fairly one-dimensional, with standard fries messily covered in a watery, bright orange Korean sauce, a drizzle of mayo, chopped spring onions, and some melted cheese. All in all, a tangy-wet taste and texture, which turned out to be a pleasant eat, though nothing more.

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out wings

Wings – Six or twelve, £7.00/ £12.00

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help OutWe were all unanimous about one thing in relation to these wings: they definitely required one of Bird’s inhouse-made sauces.

And with such a large variety to choose from, while that might explain why these ultra-crispy morsels, which were undoubtedly moist on the inside, were barely seasoned, it doesn’t explain why they were quite so oily.

In any case, the sauces were the stars of the show here. For the purposes of this review, we were presented with an assortment of Buffalo, Sticky Soy, Buttermilk Ranch, Blue Cheese, Honey Ginger, House BBQ, House Lemon, and Royale.

BURGERS

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

The Original Waffle Burger – Fried chicken, bacon (optional), American cheese, house BBQ, mayo, hot sauce & Canadian maple syrup served between two freshly griddled waffles, £14.00

There was a reason why the manager insisted that The Original Waffle Burger be firmly at the top of our review list.

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help OutThis was a humongous burger, with a large slab of chicken surrounded in a crunchy batter, covered in plenty of sweet maple syrup, mayo, and some house BBQ.

However, we couldn’t help but wonder how much better it would have been had these thick waffles just come off the griddle. Although they held up really well, they had either been warmed through prior to being served, or left to sit around a while.

Having said that though, this was an extremely tasty burger, with moist succulent poultry, and plenty of that classic sweet ‘n’ savoury umami-ness that comes with the chicken and waffle combo.

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

Buffalo Blue – Thigh, Buffalo sauce & blue cheese slaw, £9.00

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help OutThe Buffalo Blue burger would be our second choice out of the four we had the pleasure of trying.

With another large and juicy piece of chicken thigh defining this burger, we enjoyed the way in which all that creamy-crunchy blue cheese slaw combined with the sour tanginess of the Buffalo to bring this entire thing together.

Despite the piquancy of the blue cheese dominating, though not in an unpleasant way, that familiar sour edge of the Buffalo sauce did filter through every so often.

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

Royale – Thigh, Royale sauce, American cheese, round lettuce, crispy shallots & house pickles, £9.00

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help OutThe Royale was easily the weakest of the quartet of sandwiches had, suffering as it did from a lack of contrasting and complementary flavours.

Its biggest shortcoming, in our collective opinion of three, was that the Royale sauce, in conjunction with the other condiments, simply wasn’t strong enough in flavour to mask the fact that Bird’s chicken batter in general was so lightly seasoned that, after a few bites, it culminated in a sameness of taste.

In the end, this burger was just monotonic in flavour, with only the pickles imparting a little zing if that. Otherwise this was a rather disinteresting affair.

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

Korean – Thigh, Korean sauce, kimchi mayo & radicchio, £9.00

The only factor separating this Korean burger from the aforementioned Royale, was the addition of the Korean sauce, which was just about strong enough to impart a little more flavour than the Royale sauce. But again, it was all a bit too uniform.

DESSERTS

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

Dougnut Holes – Served with Chocolate and Caramel Sauce, £3.50

It has to be said that the freshness of these Dougnut Holes, as they were called, took us completely by surprise given that we were expecting your premade variety.

Bird Halal Chicken restaurant Camden, London Eat Out To Help Out

Yup; an avalanche of cinnamon sugar coating!

Instead, we were treated to balls of hot, fluffy goodness that were positively enveloped in an avalanche of fine cinnamon sugar.

Accompanied by a pot each of chocolate and caramel sauces, it’ll probably require a seasoned sweet tooth to devour this portion of four. Having said that though, these were surprisingly light.

As for the sauces, then the chocolate was quite insipid and more a lightly flavoured syrup than your Nutella variety. As such, the caramel was our choice of nectar.

THE ROAR
Bird
3.5 FTL's Roar
4 Pride's Roar (1 Roar)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • YES/ YES
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 21/08/2020
Facilities
  • CHILD SEATING
  • DELIVEROO
  • UBER EATS
  • JUST EAT
Summary
With separate doors for entry and exit, Bird's Covid protocols appear straightforward and quite practical. As with all procedures, however, their worth can only ever be gauged when put under strain. Our arrival in the relative calm of late evening wouldn't, therefore, be a true test of things. Nevertheless, the place is spacious enough to realistically allow for social distancing to be maintained.

Renowned, of course, for their fried chicken, the stand out dish for us was their unique Chicken & Waffle burger, which easily stood out from the total of four burgers tried on the day.

In general, their fried chicken was well cooked, turning out moist on the inside and crunchy rather than crispy on the out, and being a tad oily too on occasions. What's more, those burgers, whose sauce was relatively mild to begin with, such as the Royale, failed to adequately mask the monotony of flavour delivered by what was otherwise a lightly seasoned batter and no more. Perhaps adding some spice to the batter, or at least offering this as an option, might be an idea for the more subtly flavoured sandwiches.

On the whole though, Bird impressed with their ambition and menu. You can understand why they boast half-a-dozen locations across London.

Menu Recommendation

Burger - Chicken & Waffle

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Bird
21-22 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8BF.

T: +44 (0)20 3195 4245 | W: birdrestaurants.com | E: [email protected]

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00

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