Published on October 28th, 2014 | by Gavin0
Clockjack Oven, Piccadilly
Summary: Fantastic casual dining experience
Alongside ramen and anything Mexican related, rotisserie chicken is one of the trends of the London casual dining scene. Yes, long gone are the days where the only place you’d find spinning poultry is your local Sainsbury’s and Clockjack Oven was one of the innovators in the gourmet roasted chicken scene when it first opened two years ago. Earlier this year we got a preview of their new menu, and I was so impressed I had to come back to sample the full menu.
Based just off Regent Street, Clockjack is conveniently located for hungry shopaholics and I’ve stepped in after spending much of my day on Carnaby Street giving my bankcard some much needed exercise. The venue is well designed making most of the small space and despite getting a remarkable number of tables in, it doesn’t feel crammed and you won’t spend the majority of your meal ease dropping on the guests next to you.
We walk in and take our seats opposite the star attraction; an open flame rotisserie oven situated behind the chef whose busy chopping away at vegetables. Taking my eyes away from the oven, I look down at the simple menu and chicken once again takes centre stage in huge bold lettering, everything else just seems insignificant.
For starters we opt for the much hyped buttermilk fried chicken bites which lived up to the reputation, and then some. Crispy, moist, and not an ounce of grease- I’d happily order again and again until full.
As you’ve probably guessed, I went for the chicken for mains, while my dining partner threw a curve ball and opted for the sweet potato, coriander, and buffalo mozzarella burger. My chicken went down a storm with plenty of flavour and none of the dryness you expect from the standard supermarket fodder. To accompany, for those that like a bit of sweetness to their savoury I highly recommend the Jim Beam Bourbon and Honey marinated sweetcorn; and the tomato, onion and caper salad is excellent too if you want the healthy option.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the vegetarian sweet potato burger option was just an afterthought, but it is oh so good that I am mildly jealous of my companion’s choice. Many a mash burger have fallen to pieces in my hands after one bite, but the crispy breadcrumb coating held firm till the very end, and my guest enjoyed every last morsel without half of it ending up in her lap.
With all that protein in my belly, it’s probably for the best that my preference of the four desserts on the menu, chocolate ganache tart, is not available. However, that’s not to say I was disappointed. Clockjack Oven does not pretend to be anything it’s not; just simple food made well and won’t put a hole in your pocket. That’s exactly what informal dining is meant to be. Whenever I’m next in the West End for a spot of retail therapy, a trip to Clockjack Oven will be secretly at the back of my mind.
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