So you’re in the city and you’re looking for a place to get your food on, but you’re fed up with the same chain restaurant, pub food and don’t want to take a gamble at an expensive new restaurant – well, that search soon turns the pleasures of eating out into a chore.
I know that feeling.
But then my colleague Ella and I were summoned to a place by the name of Chicken Society in order to satisfy our love for ‘soul food’.
Here’s what happened next.
First of all, Chicken Society was directly opposite Finchley Central station, which was very handy for when I was too full to walk any further after my feast.
From the outside, the place looks very spacious and vibrant, and there’s a fair-sized outdoor seating area.
We were seated promptly and began to study the menus given to us.
It turned out to be really hard to pick from the list of chicken and duck dishes.
You can choose from ‘morsels’ ranging from Twisted seeded breadsticks (which includes an assortment of delicious sauces) to pulled chicken nachos and okra fries with a light and zesty lime yoghurt.
Myself and Ella both decided on the quarter chicken, which was marinated in paprika, lemon, oregano and garlic.
The presentation was humble – you won’t want to waste any time taking pictures for your Instagram friends; just dig right in.
The skin didn’t slide straight off the breast, which is a huge thumbs up from me.
You can tell the chicken was gradually marinated and roasted to a golden, crispy perfection over a long cooking process.
When you cut through the delicious crackling of the skin and into the breast, the smell of the lemon and paprika forced it’s way out of a very tender, juicy cut of chicken.
The first bite was incredible – the smell of the lemon and paprika was actually quite deceiving, as you really get to taste the chicken.
The natural taste of a juicy chicken breast with smokey, tangy and slightly zesty flavours make for a perfect dinner. It filled me up, but wasn’t overwhelming.
So of course, we ordered sides.
Ella decided to go for an avocado and butter leaf salad and I went down a more decadent path with the mac and cheese, coated in smoked cheddar.
The salad was very light, but full of flavour – imagine the soft texture of the avocado alongside the sweet, crunchy lettuce; this makes for a perfect side to go with chicken or duck.
Mac and cheese is always good to go, although Chicken Society went to the next level with the toasted layer of smokey cheddar on top.
The pasta itself wasn’t too light and soft, giving a bit more of a bite than a lot of alternatives.
Also, the Hot Korean BBQ sauce that you can select with your spit roast chicken is beyond anything you have ever tasted, and it’s actually chicken society’s signature sauce.
I should also mention that if you’re vegetarian or vegan, there are several options too.
The avocado and butter leaf salad is the only vegetarian option we tried though, so you’ll have to let me know how the vegan burger tastes.
In terms of drinks, there are a range of cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available, including shakes, world beers, wines and hot drinks.
A few general thoughts on the vibe: while enjoying our banquet of food, our phones began to die, which can be a huge problem for many of us when we’re away from the home or work.
The selection of music was excellent and wasn’t too loud, making it possible to speak with your company.
And we were served by a few different members of staff, who were all extremely kind and down to earth, which made us feel very comfortable.
Once my belly has gone down, I will most certainly return to this place for round two.