Chicken Society are chicken spit roasting experts located on Regents Park Road, just a couple of minutes walk from Finchley Central tube station.
Their specialties are spit roast chicken and duck and they do it well! Their ethos is to stick to simple and do it to the best they can and I really think they deliver on this – their menu sticks to a few select dishes but everything we tried was on point. To start with we tried the Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken, the Hot Korean style BBQ sauce w/ yoghurt dip & sesame and also the Sweet & smoky BBQ sauce w/ blue cheese dip. The portions were just right and the chicken was very juicy. The Korean BBQ packed a tasty punch but the sweet & smoky BBQ was the all round favourite. Next were the Okra fries w/ lime yoghurt, cooked in a crunchy batter – it had a slow burning kick which wasn’t too overpowering and could be cooled down with the yoghurt – very tasty. Finally for the starters were the Pulled Chicken Nachos served with crushed avocado, melted special cheese and yoghurt. It was a really generous portion with tasty toppings.
For our mains we got to try the Spit Roasted Chicken : Smoky & piquant, marinated with paprika, lemon, oregano & garlic and the Spit Roasted Duck : Sweet & aromatic, marinated with paprika, five spice, garlic & cayenne, dressed in a plum glaze. Both meats were so tasty and juicy.
We also tried the veggie option, The Vegan Burger : Kale pakoras, coronation squash, almonds, red pepper & smashed avocado, ancient grain bun. It was one of the best things we ate! Such a surprising tasty vegan burger full of flavour and really good value. If you ate in Chicken Society with a veggie or vegan friend they wouldn’t be missing out at all.
Finally for mains we had the BBQ Chicken Burger : Boneless buttermilk fried chicken, pulled chicken, smoked cheddar, BBQ sauce, ancient grain bun. This burger was really juicy and tasty, you can’t go wrong with chicken on chicken! The seeded bun was an interesting twist on an already winning burger.
For our sides we had : Broccoli with miso & sesame – this was new to us, with interesting flavours that we’ve never tried before. Next up the Mac & cheese w/ smoked cheddar packed full of salty smoky gooey cheese — very tasty and a decent portion too and the Vietnamese style salad which was a really refreshing lovely little salad with cucumber, courgette and pickled mooli. Finally we tried the Sweet potato fries a decent portion, tasty crispy fries with a hint of paprika – the perfect accompaniment.
We were already groaning at the sides when we were asked about desert but Chicken Society have a trick up their sleeves….Society Sundaes! You can make your own sundae for just £5! An absolute bargain and our sundaes were amazing. We tried various ice creams – our favourite being Stracciatella with chocolate sauce and the toppings we chose were fudge (super delicious and soft) marshmallows and candy floss – which was so tasty! A perfect and fun way to finish off our meal.
Alongside our awesome food we tried a couple of cocktails – the Society Grog: A wicked bend of dark & gold rums, orange liqueur, passionfruit & lime, lengthened with ginger ale and Elderflower Rickey: Ketel One vodka served long with elderflower, lime & cucumber. Both were awesome and if you visit make sure to ask Ben the bartender to do a magic trick for you – he blew our minds!
The staff at Chicken Society were so much fun and they gave us a fantastic experience, I’d recommend this place any day if you’re a lover of chicken – and even if you’re not! Everyday between 12pm and 7pm they offer the Family Bird Bundle where you can get nachos, a whole chicken plus 4 sides for just £35. They also do ‘Clucktail’ masterclasses for just £30pp you can learn how to mix, muddle and drink their yummy cocktails!