This will now be the second time where I have been too lazy to do an individual blog post about one restaurant.
Once again you get two in one and both times, it is for Restaurants that feature CHICKEN. This time, it features Coqfighter and ThunderBird.
Our love for fried chicken began in the backstreets of Melbourne’s Chinatown district. It became part of our weekend tradition. Big plates of crispy fried chicken and cold jugs of beer before a night out. Sometimes it even became the night out.
After relocating from Melbourne in 2013 we found fried chicken everywhere, but not as we knew it. Our search was exhaustive. High streets and back streets. In the end we knew we’d have to do it ourselves.
Coqfighter started out as a fried chicken night for mates. It evolved. It got better and better. In 2015 we launched as a pop up in The Star by Hackney Downs. It was long hours but we loved it! From there we moved on to pop ups and residencies in pubs all over London. We gathered friends along the way and soon enough we had a loyal little following. Then we opened our first tiny site at Boxpark in Croydon, kitchen no bigger than a cupboard. From there we opened a bigger site in Boxpark Shoreditch. With 28 seats we now had more space. More space for more friends, more chicken and more beer. We’ve even been lucky enough to brew our own.
Troy, Tristan & Deacon
That is a great intro and a lot to read, but it tells you all you need to know and what they are all about. Coqfighter has built a reputation for itself from the street food seen and by doing this, when it finally opened a permanent branch in Soho, it had me running over to get a table. I timed it well and was able to get a seat and order a burger and some wings to share. Looking at the pictures above, you can see that it was enough.
Thunderbird had a similar route, with fans and those attending dinerama would have seen Thunderbird and had their wings many a time. Their wings are Top Notch and a must. My word of warning, is that the spicy wings are too hot. However, each to their own and my bro loves them.
Chicken is not the new craze in London, however it is spreading its' wings and making sure people flock over to eat. This is in the form of burgers, wings, tenders and more.
Fried chicken is here to stay and the delight of it is the many forms it has.
You can snack on a few wings, or devour and feast on burgers and more. The ability to customise flavours, sauces and more gives an individuality to fried chicken and why KFC, along with the AFC all the way to a ZFC are still showing up.
Whatever, I said above, Thunderbirds and Coqfighter provide quality. I would say the burger at Coqfighter was better and then the wings at Thunderbird were better.
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