So back in August last year, I had a go at the old Deliveroo. There isn’t a lack of local food delivery services, but as some of the restaurants I work with had been approached to join them, I wanted to try them from a consumer point of view. All in all, it was a good and professional service. My food of choice was chicken from Bird. As you will read from my previous review, I was unfortunately not impressed. Fast forward 6 months and having been out voted for a place to something on a quiet week night, we ended up, physically this time, at Bird.
Although our choices were plenty and different, unfortunately it was pretty much the same result as my last experience. Two of us opted for two pieces of white chicken each, with a sauce on the side. Andee, went for 6 chicken wings. We had chips and deep fried pickles as sides. The chicken was tough, rather tasteless and even the sauces did not bring out the flavour. For what you pay, Nandos is better. Sorry. I’m not quite sure what they are trying to do here. With chicken as the main option they have a combination of the normal sauces/glazes (bbq, buffalo, hot etc), but then weird Asian ones too (stick soy, Korean gochujang). I am sorry, but I am not sold on this concept. If the mains were good, we could perhaps overlook the mish mash of the menu. Three disappointed girlies here.
Where they are on to a winner, is with the desserts. We had the ice cream doughnut sandwich, cherry sundae and banana split. They were HUGE and really tasty. Whilst we left on a high because of the sweet sweets, there will not be a third time lucky for this spot I am afraid.
The service whilst ok was intermittent, it was not very warm and more like, we have to be here to get paid. The room started off empty but gradually filled up (very child friendly). I guess we felt from the interior and style of food that it should be like an American diner with that warm, over the top welcome and regular check-backs (upsell opportunities), bubbly keenness etc. A bit like The Diner and Red Dog Saloon nearby. But no, it was very lack lustre.
Great desserts, but that’s about it.
42 – 44 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DA
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