ROUND THREE

 
 

Hot wings: Rita's Black Sauce, Buffalo and Spice Rub, all at £6 / Chicken Roll Deluxe, £11.50

Buffalo hot wings

Mmh. It’s got an eccentric kick to it. It’s not so spicy, the vinegar doesn’t taste that strong. The buttermilk sauce is really good. This is making me like buffalo wings, I much prefer it to Bird.
— Ziad
This is so good. You can really taste the Sriracha, rather than the vinegar taste at Bird. This reminds me of a spicy Pho, when you put chilli oil into it. If this were a car, it’s be a yellow cinquecento. Spicy but small.
— Morgana

Spice rub hot wings

It’s really tasty, the chicken is really soft. I’d need a sauce with this though. It reminds me of the caribbean a bit. It’s got a summer feel to it.
— Ziad
Very smokey, and paprika-y. It’s quite straight forward. It’s a spicy potpourri, it’s very fragrant. It’s not super in-your-face. You can’t really taste the sesame.
— Morgana

Rita's black sauce hot wings

Oh yeah. This tastes like it has some thai flavours going on. Lemony and soy. The taste is less big than at Clutch, but the coriander taste is huge, and there’s some ginger, too. That sets it apart. It’s sweet and sticky but refreshing. It’s like a meaty air freshener. There’s something really fresh about it. I’d want to eat this on a beach.
— Morgana
This is a perfect little starter. This is really comforting. Like a cushiony sofa you can just sink into.
— Ziad

Chicken Roll Deluxe

This is very oily. The oil is soaked into bread. I think it’s because of the meat they use, the thighs have a lot of fat in them. It’s like a fried chicken doughnut, because of the brioche bun. If can handle rich food, this is perfect for you. It’s like a rich dessert that you can’t finish off. You need to be prepared for this– you’re not going to have any sides or desserts, you’re coming just for this.
— Ziad
This reminds me a bit of oily pizza. The sauce is very creamy. This is really indulgent. It’s like fat on fat on fat, with a side of fat. They’ve really gone for it. It makes me think of Vegas. Or a really fancy, inventive cocktail bar. This is the ultimate chicken burger. You want it to taste like you can’t eat all of it. This is a Bentley. You’d come here on a third or fourth date, it’s very ambient-y. The pink lemonade, the pink walls… if the Pink Ladies from Grease were grown-up and living in East London, they’d come here.
— Morgana