Chicken vs Burgers. Which one would YOU go for?
The one very serious problem with having Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger in the same room is choosing which you want to go for. Too much choice gets me slightly wobblesome. But in Whitechapel, the legendary London restaurant groups have come together to do just that. Two restaurants, one venue = double the awesome eats.
A few weeks ago I went along to Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger because I’d been eating salads all week and wanted to treat myself. Rewarding healthiness with calorie-laden goodness is the way forward, chums. And when forced to choose what to eat, I had quite the dilemma on my hands. More on that in a bit.
The space is small but definitely well decorated – a huge wall of shelves with sauce, old-school sound systems and decorative bits and bobs dominates one wall and makes a great visual impression. And y’see that record player? Turns out, the music in the restaurant is actually being played from that. Pretty cool, right? What’s even cooler is the shelf of records in the corner of the room that customers can select from to serve as soundtrack for stuffing their faces. Awesomeness.
Back to my struggle to come to a decision though. I visited the Holborn Chicken Shop branch last year and was SUCH a fan, so initial thoughts were GIMME ALL DAT CHICKEN. Seriously, their chicken is so good – seasoned to perfection and plenty of meat on the bone.
However, in the end, I fell on the side of Dirty Burger, considering I’d never actually been before and have always wanted to try them out. The foodie adventurer inside me won this round against the eat-what-you-know homegirl.
So I found myself with a Dirty Bacon cheeseburger on the wooden table in front of me, wrapped in classic branded burger paper. Dirty Burger’s menu is pretty simple business, made up of three classic burgers, crinkle cut fries and onion fries. (FYI – onion fries are basically onion rings but straight cuts – and they’re very good. But also VERY sinful, so maybe best to get just one for sharing.)
The patty itself is super meaty and juicy – and decently sized within the bun. I HATE it when burgers are way tinier than the buns they come in, it’s an actual pet foodie peeve. Thankfully this wasn’t the case at Dirty Burger. The cheese was oozy and melted ALL OVER the burger, with fresh salad and thick bacon to top it all off. In the same kind of vein as the likes of Five Guys, this is a greasy (in a good way), messy affair, perfect for hangovers and weekend indulgence.
The crinkle cut fries were nice and crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. And the bonus of having the two restaurants in one? I got to dip my chips in the Chicken Shop Smokey Sauce. DREAM.
Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger definitely offers the best of both worlds (unless you don’t like chicken or burgers, obviously). There’s a veggie burger option and some salads on offer if you don’t eat meat or are trying to be a bit healthy. But honestly, this definitely isn’t a place you’d be going to do that…