Chicken and Waffles in London
Born in Brooklyn, this Southern restaurant based on comfort-food and cocktails, has finally opened it’s first UK spot. Just off Oxford Street, Sweet Chick offers awesome chicken and waffles in London and has a really cool and edgy feel from the moment you step inside.
You can tell Sweet Chick originated in the States, with the American vibes shining through. It has a classy exposed factory/diner-style feel, with hanging lamps, picture frames donning the walls, and wooden benches throughout. The bar has further lighting, including a pink neon sign stating ‘It was all a dream’ on the back, which adds to the ‘cool’ feel.
James and the team were fantastic from the get-go – really welcoming and ready with recommendations of their faves. Sucked in by the famous chicken and waffles, we hadn’t considered some of their other faves before they were mentioned. They were also always on-it with checking in on us too.
There is a big focus on cocktails at Sweet Chick – but if you fancy a soft drink, just ask. The menu features some unique, creative options. The Purple Drank (£9) was absolutely delicious. Consisting of Gin, Lemon, Lime, Simple Syrup, Egg White, Welch’s Grape Soda, it tasted a lot like a classic Kool Aid. It was very grape-y and sweet with a great frothy top from the egg white – we loved it!
The Pastime Paradise (£8.50) was just as delicious. Made with Hibiscus Berry Gin, Lemon, Grapefruit Juice, Maple Syrup, Peychauds Bitters, it was just as sweet, with a sour edge. Both fantastic cocktails.
Chicken and Waffles in London!
The Weekend Brunch (available Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm) features a handful of starters, a few salads and quite the selection of mains and sides! The focus is Southern comfort food, with options including the likes of Mac and Cheese, Shrimp and Grits, Cornbread, Biscuits and Gravy, and of course their legendary Chicken and Waffles.
The menu looked amazing. Deciding between all this was SO hard and that was before the recommendations from the team were thrown in. The Fried Chicken Sliders (£9) starter was awesome. Served on Mini Biscuits (a lot like scones), with Nashville Sauce, Mike’s Hot Honey (Spicy), they had a slow building warm heat. The chicken was tender and seriously tasty and the mini biscuits were soft, slightly crunchy on the outside.
We shared these to save space for mains as portions are quite big! The team also brings some flavoured butters to the table (Lemon & honey, herb and a berry one) to eat with the biscuits. These were all great in their own way and very strong in flavour!
On to mains, and we just had to go for the Chicken & Waffles (£13.50) with Classic Belgium Waffle. The chicken was very tender and soft and the coating was slightly spiced. The waffles were sweet and very fluffy. This was one incredible main, and we could see why Sweet Chick are so well known for this. It’s also super filling, so don’t let the plate deceive you.
As recommended by the team, we had to try the Eggs Benny (£14). It’s served on biscuits with shredded smoked chicken, smoked ham hollandaise and home fries. The smoked chicken and ham were just as tender and delicious. There was plenty of hollandaise and the eggs were perfectly cooked with runny yolks! The biscuits, like those on the starter but bigger, soaked up the flavours. The home fries on the side varied between thin crispy slides and thick potatoes.
We also tried a side of cornbread (£5) which arrived warm and spongey with the odd sweetcorn kernel in there too. After that feast we couldn’t manage a dessert, no matter how much we had been eyeing up doughnuts or pie.
This was one incredible Weekend Brunch! The food was all amazing – we honestly couldn’t pick a favourite and highly recommend sharing dishes to minimise food envy. The cocktails and the service was awesome too. We will definitely be returning in the near future for more chicken and waffles in London!
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