Absurd Bird – Soho / Spitalfields

A vegan walks into a fried chicken shop… 🌱 {complimentary meal}

A year ago, this would’ve been the start of a bad joke but now this “absurd” concept is a reality because vegan chicken is spreading its little vegan wings and being introduced to more and more restaurants! 🍗🌱

I popped down to @absurdbirduk in Soho to try their new vegan options. Here’s what @jolley_chris & I thought:
🌱 Cajun Vegan Bites – Battered broccoli & cauliflower, served with buffalo sauce
✏️These didn’t do it for me. They needed more seasoning and were far too greasy
🌱Vaffles – Vegan waffles served with chckn tenders and maple syrup
✏️GOOD LORD. These were brilliant. This is probably the most realistic vegan chicken I’ve ever tried and the seasoning was spot on. A good amount of maple syrup and a generous portion size. The chicken on its own is perhaps a tiiiiiny bit dry but with the syrup, they get away with it. I absolutely loved this dish!
🌱Fried Chckn Tenders with hot sauce
✏️Again, great seasoning, great texture and a lovely hot sauce too. They took me right back to me pre vegan chicken shop days!
🌱 Buffalo chckn fillet burger with buffalo sauce, salad, tomato, pickled onions, carrot & celery slaw
✏️I had mixed feelings on this but overall, didn’t love it. It needed more moisture, less bread and less hot sauce. The sauce totally dominated and took away from the chicken. I would’ve loved some mayo instead. Also, whilst I did like the crunch of the veg in parts, there was a bit too much of it. The texture was better in the middle of the burg but actually I think a tomato and some lettuce would’ve been worked well
🌱 V Mac & Cheese
✏️This had two layers. The top layer tasted very cheesy whilst the bottom layer was a bit dry, gritty and needed more flavour. I wish the cheese was melted the whole way through and that the whole dish was a bit creamier.

A few items need refining but I’ll definitely be back for that vegan chicken (especially the waffles). It’s superb! 👏🏼 👌🏼 The @absurdbirduk team gave me this meal free of charge but all views are honest and my own. All leftovers taken home!

📍Location: Soho / Spitalfields
🌾GF Options? No
🌱100% Vegan? No
🏠Eatery: Casual restaurant
💰Affordability: ££⁣⁣⁣⁣
🍽Portions: Generous
👩‍🍳Service: Chatty, friendly
🎶Vibe: Relaxed
📸 Me⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ & Chris
📦Leftovers: Yep, took some home!

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