Seeing as I was in London the other week to do research for my Illustration food project I felt that eating was of course the best possible way to achieve this. I hadn't actually been to Eat St before as I don't really stay around Kings X much when I'm in London. I was meeting my brother though so as it was nearby we rushed through the grim, wet, London weather to find the stalls lining the street. After realising I didn't have any cash on me (I forget not everyone takes card!) I ran back to the station, got my money and returned to my brother who had ordered one of these sandwiches. For a little while I've had a hankering for some crispy deep fried chicken so I thought I would copy him as the description sounded rather tantalising. "buttermilk fried chicken with apple colelsaw and Korean chilli sauce". What's not to like about that?
|Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at Spit & Roast, Kings Boulevard, Kings X|
The sandwich itself was actually quite tasty. Juicy chicken and a nice soft bun that complemented the meat and crispy coleslaw. The texture of each bite was very satisfying. The chicken whilst tasty and juicy wasn't as crispy as perhaps I had lead myself to believe. The flavour was there but when I eat fried chicken, apart from delicious spices swarming around my tongue, I want it crispy! The only crispiness was from the coleslaw. Considering the sign said Apple coleslaw I found that it didn't actually taste of apple at all. It went well with the chicken as you'd expect from coleslaw as the two are a perfect match, but there was absolutely no taste of apple to be had which is a shame. The Korean chilli sauce seemed to lack any kick to it too. Perhaps I just have a higher heat tolerance to some. Others may find the spice to be perfect.
The sandwich came in at a price of £5.50. It was relatively filling and certainly filled the hole in my belly, but I expected better to be honest. The chicken was lovely, the seasoning was right, but the lack of crunch to it was a bit of a disappointment. Plus with the lack of heat in the sauce and zero apple in the 'slaw I was left a bit let down.
On another day the chicken could probably be lovely and crispy. If that is the case I am very annoyed that it wasn't for me seeing as I have had a huge urge for fried chicken lately and it didn't fully fill that void. Maybe the grim weather had a negative effect on me too, hmmmm. The place certainly has potential though.
Score - 6/10
Tasty chicken, lovely soft bun but not the crispiness I was after, nor as spicy as I would have liked.