Until recently, saying the two scrumptious words "fried chicken" wouldn't make anyone immediately think of London. That's all about to change, though, thanks to a select few eateries who are all upping their poultry game, giving us delicious alternatives to our run-of-the-mill chicken shops. Following on from our battle of the burgers and battle of the doughnuts, we joined Morgana and Ziad to discover whether London's take on the southern American staple is up to the mark.

ROUND ONE

 
 

Southern fried bird with waffles, chilled watermelon, and maple bourbon syrup, £12.95 / Mac'n'cheese with biscuit crust, £3.95 / Collard greens, 3.95 / Fries with chicken salt £2.95

The breast is so moist. Mmmh. The coating is spicy, lots of different flavours. And it smells. so. good. It smells of spicy, fried goodness. The waffle tastes kind of malty, which is nice. It’s the bourbon taste from the sauce.
— Morgana
This chicken is excellent. It’s cooked to perfection. It’s so soft, but on the outside, the skin is proper crispy. Not soggy, not soft, just real good fried chicken. And it’s not that salty, either. Oooooh God, this is so succulent.
— Ziad
Oh my God!! The watermelon goes so well! It gives the chicken a whole different taste. It WORKS. I need to eat it again. This doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever had before. It makes the chicken really soft – softer than it already is. And the sweetness of the watermelon with the saltiness of the chicken, it just works. It’s kind of like when you have a watermelon sweet: you bite into it, and all the juiciness comes out. That’s what it’s like. This is just mouth-watering.
— Ziad
That’s great barbecue sauce. Sweet, but not sickly. It’s also quite spicy. It gives you a bit of a tingle on your tongue. The mac and cheese is great. It’s got biscuit sprinkled on top. It’s creamy cheesy goodness. You taste the fat, and then the cheesiness, and at the end you’re still left with a cheesy hum. That is good.
— Morgana