Halal Chick Chick Crew at Cargo Market Hall in Canary WharfHALAL STATUS Fully Halal food menu • Alcohol bar located in the hall
For those who don’t know, London-based chicken brand Chick Chick Crew recently went Halal at the Market Halls in Canary Wharf and Oxford Street, as well as Pop Brixton’s community food hub.
The site we visited was Cargo Market Hall located in the heart of the Crossrail Place development and immediately opposite Canary Wharf station.
Unlike any other venue in the E14 vicinity, this place is a humongous indoor space is currently housing a dozen food kiosks, with seating for upto 200 diners spread across two floors.
It should be noted, however, that despite most of the hubbub revolving around a sizeable alcohol bar on the groundfloor, there’s plenty of seating outside that boasts stunning views of the canal, with access to the second floor being made available very soon.
Although there are a number of kiosks catering for Halal here, Chick Chick Crew’s is fully so, with a menu that’s all about their elevated chicken burgers.
Given how beautifully enveloped these large pieces of chicken turned out to be, we got a sense of why the Korean Chick is one of their best selling burgers.
After taking a big ol’bite, we fully came to understrand the reasons why, with the sweet and sour of the Korean sauce superbly complimented by the gentle heat and tanginess of the kimchi slaw.
And with plenty of Kimchi sauce, coupled with an uber-crispy batter giving way to moist and succulent chicken, this was a deliciously messy eat. Recommended all the way!
The blue cheese in this Buffalo Chick was the perfect foil against the zingy Buffalo sauce, with the poultry turning out slightly thinner, and thereafter more crunchier, than its Korean counterpart.
Nevertheless, what we quickly realised was that Chick Chick do not compromise when it comes to generosity. They’ll happily house two pieces of chicken in their burgers, which, of course, was just fine by us.
When you have a chicken burger drenched in the sauce ordered, you know you’re more than half way there.
This BBQ Chick pretty much took us the whole way, with a relatively strong BBQ sauce that allowed the slaw to play its intended part in helping to balance out the flavours.
Again, with the exterior of the chicken being nice and crispy, the entire sandwich turned out to be a fun and messy eat. Our second favourite of the evening.
Naturally, we couldn’t go without trying the one that ultimately defines this brand: the Classic Chick.
Simply conceived with just mayo, iceberg lettuce, and pickles, this was a pretty darn good burger in its own right, driven as it was by the herbaceous nature of the batter. Truth be told, after the Korean Chick, this would be our third choice.
It worked with the burger; and so there’s was no reason why it wouldn’t work with this off-the-scale Korean Loaded Fries.
While there were plenty of diced spring onions, as well as a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds, it was the addition of the red chilli that elevated this to the next level. Superb!
Crispy fries smothered in a barbecue sauce that could have packed more of a sweet and smoky punch.
Yet, the defining factor here was the mustard mayo, whose light pungency brought the entire plate together, with the tangy kick of the pickles to boot.
You can’t go wrong with a bowl full of potato Tater Tots. These were light and crispy on the outside, and soft and satisfying on the in.
But if you’re seeking after something more meaningful, then it has to be the Kimchi Slaw, with that familiar heat gently lingering in the background (just be sure to give this a mix beforehand).
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As for Chick Chick Crew, then one thing's for certain, given they're the only chicken burger kiosk there, they proved quite popular. And with burgers like the full-flavoured Korean Chick, we can understand why. As a fully Halal food outlet, they offer plenty of choices too. Be sure to check them out when in the area.
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