The craze for chicken restaurants is clearly not dying down and the latest addition is Clockjack Oven in Soho.
It’s minutes from Piccadilly Circus on Denman Street but seems to have (so far) avoided becoming a tourist over-spill.
The food on offer is all based around chicken (obviously) and not just any chicken. Fat, juicy rotisserie chicken which tastes so fresh you expect to see the birds grazing outside. It’s different from the likes of Chicken Shop in North London because the meat here is cooked with a Tudor method on an open-flame rotisserie which leaves the chicken succulent and tender with a deliciously crispy skin.
Instead of grazing on the not so green streets of Soho, the chickens are thankfully reared in Brittany on “high quality cereals” which it turns out makes them incredibly delicious to eat.
The menu is small but nicely put together with the rotisserie chicken being the main event and I’d recommend going in a group so you get to order several of the beautifully arranged salads and sides to go along with the meat.
When it comes to the rotisserie chicken, you can get in three, four or 10-piece dishes, depending on how hungry, or greedy, you’re feeling.
I also fell head over heels in love with the Clockjack torpedo which if decency allowed I’d probably include in my daily diet. It’s a thick sandwich made of a fluffy buttermilk bun filled with chicken bites covered in ranch dressing (an obsession of mine).
Better yet – you can (and must) try the crispy chicken bites – tiny morsels of chickeny goodness fried in buttermilk and gram flour, perfect for dunking into any of the accompanying sauces.
The desert menu is minimal but perfectly adequate with the usual classics such as lemon tart and ice cream sorbets.
All in all I was pretty impressed with Clockjack. It’s a friendly place where the emphasis is on producing exceptional chicken.
It’s rare to find a good independent restaurant in this part of town which isn’t grossly expensive or rammed at the seems. Clockjack is a simple, straightforward place with, most importantly, really good roast chicken.
This article was originally written for Who’s Jack.