Chooks (Ealing)

Location: Ealing (West London)

Cuisine: Modern European

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 4/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 3/3

Historically, Ealing in West London has been the home of ‘safe’ chain restaurants and not a destination for foodies. However, things are changing with the recent opening of Chooks which would not be out of place in more hip areas such as Shoreditch. Chooks opened in Autumn of 2015 in Ealing, previously having a successful pioneering branch in Muswell Hill. We were surrounded by cosy booths, Chooks branded arcade machines, shabby chic lighting, and polaroid camera toilet roll holders – tres cool!

The majority of the menu is based on chicken – mainly grilled but we opted for the buttermilk deep fried kind (with deep fried sweet potato fries and deep fried popcorn shrimp – OK OK the diet starts next week, honestly). The food is above average; tasty but missing that WOW knee knocking sensation (we’ve had better chicken at Bird@Old Street and ChicksnSour@Haggerston), however, we do prefer the ambience of Chooks and the spacious feel which is great for buggies. High chairs and baby changing is available and the staff were super obliging to our little one.

Definitely one to try if you find yourself in the area.

http://www.chooks.me/

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Chicks n Sour

Location: Shoreditch (Haggerston)

Cuisine: American (Asian influence)

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 5/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 1/3

OK I’m a foodie but I have a soft spot for KFC. I’ll admit it. So when somewhere does deep fried chicken, LFM is there! So we find ourselves in hipster-ville Haggerston where Chicks n Sour have recently opened. Most of the dishes are based upon deep fried chicken, priced around £10 for 2 pieces – expensive compared to the KFC benchmark but oh so worth it! Crisp and tasty batter, succulent chicken and interesting accompaniments like pickled watermelon. The soft whippy ice-cream desert was a bit of a let down compared to the mains.

Chicks n Sour is not really the place to bring a baby (Perhaps older kids). The venue is really laid back and the staff were lovely to our baby, it’s just that the venue is small, the clientele  are young hipsters and the music blares out (fortunately our baby loves reggae music and we brought our own high chair and left the buggy at home – she had a great time!).

http://chicknsours.co.uk/