A version of this review was published on TripAdvisor and my other blog Panasian Kitchen.
I haven’t forgotten about my chicken bucket list
. Alan and I have been working our way through the list, I just haven’t actually sat down to write my thoughts on the visit. Thankfully I have photos to remind me of the visit. With my memory, it would’ve have been difficult to write a review!
Absurd Bird is found on 54 Commercial Street, near Spitalfields Market, in London. The buses go through Commercial Street so the location is commutable. I’m not too certain about the parking, but I’m sure there is a way to find space for your vehicle.
You come into an interesting space with the bar in front. The seating spaces are interesting. There are interesting booths and long tables with homey upholstered benches. The space is great because one wall is made up of huge glass panels allowing the natural light to come in. The light fixtures are very interesting – gilded bird cages!
The food is definitely no laughing matter. I’m thankful Mr Hyde sent me a mailshot that featured a discount for Absurd Bird. It was the prompt Alan and I needed to go pay Absurd Bird a visit!
Alan ordered the fried chicken sliders with a side of sweet potato fries. The sliders have the same crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside chicken in them. Every crunchy bite of the chicken was amazing!
The sweet potato fries are yummy with a capital Y. They were so crispy! I very rarely find crispy sweet potato fries. It was heaven in every crunch!
I ordered the chicken and waffles with a side of coleslaw. The yummy sweet-sour coleslaw is more a salad sized serving instead of a side-sized serving and is a perfect side to the chicken.
You get 3 crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside pieces of chicken and 3 fluffy pieces of sweet waffle. You also get a small pot of maple syrup and (HURRAH!) a small pot of gravy!
It is excellent value for money and what we ordered was delicious! While we ordered on main meal and side each, I think what we ordered would have fed 4 people. The servings are generous and they are certainly worth every penny you pay for.
We didn’t order any alcoholic drinks but they serve lagers and cocktails I think. If you’re attempting to limit the amount of calories and keep hydration simple, you can opt to just have tap water for the table. They’re happy to do that for you as well.
The staff are amazing and very attentive without being helicopter servers (i.e. they don’t hover!)! I found it refreshing that they knew their product and our conversations with them were natural and they were very helpful with suggestions. I loved it that we got a chance to relax and enjoy the food that we ordered.
I am definitely going back for more of their chicken and waffles!