Absurd Bird is the type of place you go to with unadulterated cravings. Buttery fried chicken, fluffy waffles and tender wings drenched in tongue tingling buffalo sauce.
Recently extending its offering to a new Central London branch, Absurd Bird aims to fulfil the hype of its Shoreditch counterpart. Cosier and with a decadent cocktail bar in tow, the underground eatery boasts of deep southern cuisine, cocktails that pack a punch and friendly, attentive staff. With exclusive offerings to its Soho menu such as the Waffle Cone with Popcorn Chicken that use only ethically sourced, hormone-free poultry from Fosse Meadows Farm in Leicester, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with a selection of light bites and filling, feel-good grub.
Visiting on a Monday night, we started with the Smoked Garlic Parmesan & Lemon Wings and Sweet Potato Bake topped with toasted marshmallows. The wings were tasty, garlicky and a milder alternative to the traditional American Buffalo dish. The sweet potato was definitely catered for those with a sweet tooth – lashings of cinnamon put its stamp on this experimental side. Our main event was Chicken and Waffles; having tried copious amounts of this dynamic duo around around town, Absurd Bird’s option really did impress. Served with a pot of homemade smoky gravy and smothered in maple syrup, the succulent fried chicken complimented the sweet and savoury flavours. Desert was Peanut Butter Cheesecake, which rounded things off nicely.
Although the wings were different to its East London sister, (half the size and less tenderness from a long brining session), Absurd Bird Peter Street is tailored to its environment and rocks the diner-cum-after-work-drinks vibe well. Open seven days a week with a dine-in option or takeaway, the bar also has a happy hour(s), offering cocktails every day for £5 between 5pm-7pm.
Absurd Bird Soho
25 Peter Street