Wishbone (now CHICKENliquor) might be the most talked about fried chicken place amongst my friends and colleagues. So with fellow blogger Nina from HYHOI and a few others, I decided to delve into the world of Deep Fried Mac ‘n’ Cheese (the most ‘famous’ of their dishes) and a pile of (free range) chicken wings.
The owners are also responsible for the grease dripping burgers and unreal chilli cheese fries of Meat Liquor (hence the change in name). So expect a delicious, but not a healthy meal. It’s less grungy than Meat Liquor though, no blasting music or blood red scrawls on the wall. Simple design, a wooden bar, some quirky touches (the loo doors say ‘cocks’ and ‘hens’).
But you don’t come here for the interior. It’s all about the food.
It’s a simple menu of ‘Wings’, ‘Boneless’, ‘Burgers’ or ‘Haloumi’ – with different options of ‘flavours’, like ‘Korean’, ‘Buffalo’, ‘Thai’ and ‘Chicken Shop’.
The sides are pretty epic too – with the Deep Fried Mac ‘n’ Cheese and the Hot Mess being the favourites.
We were served everything on one big tray the size of our table. And what a tray it was. Spilling with piles of fried chicken, a burger, the pots of Hot Mess and the paper bags of Mac n cheese. This is not for the faint hearted.
The chicken was good – especially the Buffalo option. If you fancy the Thai chicken, go for the boneless rather than the wings variety as I found the wings a little dry. Have heard mixed reviews about their burgers so try them at your own peril. The Hot Mess was…a big mess: mashed up hash brown with cheese, gurkins, jalapeños. It was good but nothing on the Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Served in three deep fried ‘pieces’, one bite and melted cheese oozes out. It is probably the most calorific thing I have ever eaten, but while doing so you feel no remorse. Bottom line is you can’t come here and not try it.
And the drinks? Either a beer or cheap wine. Or a cocktail, like a ‘Wishbone Sour’. The cocktail menu a bit like a salad bar (just nothing healthy about it): where you choose your base (type of alcohol), and then the add ons (egg or no egg, on the rocks or straight up). And they add the ‘dressing’ (their special mix of homemade syrup and fresh lemon juice). For £6.20 you get a delicious sour drink.
Don’t come here if you’re gluten free or vying for a bikini body. Do come here if you want a fun evening and the best value, delicious combo of fried chicken and mac n cheese.
Unit 12, Market Row,
London SW9 8JX