A mere three minutes walk from Highbury & Islington station, where once stood a pub, you are now likely to notice a new establishment, sporting a bright orange façade: Bird has just opened a new venue on Holloway Road. Regulars of the Shoreditch branch will recognize the signature minimal, orange interiors…as well as a menu which focuses exclusively on fried chicken.
Bird prides itself on using free-range chicken making it guilt free, as well as being gluten free. From chicken wings drizzled in a choice sticky glazes to chicken pieces with sauces, the menu features healthy portions meaning you won’t leave hungry!
If you like the classic American dish of bacon, waffles and maple syrup, then Bird’s chicken version will be right up your street. Or you can opt for a whole range of different chicken burgers (including some new additions to the menu), be it American inspired or one with a Korean twist.
Fried chicken needs a side or two, be it ubiquitous fries or slaw. Already big gherkin fans, it didn’t take much to convince us to sample the deep fried pickles…and they didn’t disappoint.
To finish off, the desserts list leaves you spoilt for choice. If simple glazed doughnuts don’t quite cut it, you can go all out and get an ice cream doughnut sandwich: vanilla Oreo style or slathered in peanut butter. Bird has also added its doughnut hatch to the venue – meaning you can easily get your doughnut fix to takeaway at any time of the day. You’ll just have to forget about being healthy for a second or two – but it’ll be worth it.
The soft launch kicked off yesterday for a week, meaning you can get 50% off your food bill until 8th October.
The new Bird can be found at 81 Holloway Road, N7 8LT.
Words by Ginger Clark