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Chick 'N' Sours (Various Locations)

One of the newest places to launch a new well thought out vegan menu, 'Chick 'N Sours' have done so using some amazing vegan chicken 'No way chicken', which they've then added an Asian twist to, and come up with something that feels unique and different.


They currently have branches in Dalston, Islington, Soho and Liverpool Street, I visited their soho branch. The decor was modern, and fun with pop art splashed around, and the venue was small and in a basement.


They don't actually have that many vegan mains, with one burger and one salad which isn't vegan but has the option to veganise. Instead, the focus here is on the set vegan menu which costs £20 each, comes with sides and starters, and is available for 2 or more people.


Vegan Main Dishes:


NO WAY K-POP SANDWICH

fried ‘no way’ vegan chicken, sriracha mayo, gochujang mayo, and Asian slaw 

VIETNAMESE NACHO SALAD (VEGAN ON REQUEST)

baby gem, Vietnamese slaw, shrimp floss, avocado, peanuts, corn chips, and nuoc chom



Vegan Set Menu:


Starters:

HOUSE PICKLES

Pickled watermelon

NO WAY NUGGETS

with ginger miso and spring onion


Main Dish:

NO WAY K-POP SANDWICH

fried ‘no way’ vegan chicken, sriracha mayo, gochujang mayo, and Asian slaw 


Side Dishes:

PICKLED WATERMELON SALAD

with peanuts, coriander, mint and nahm jim

BANG BANG CUCUMBERS

strange flavour sauce, peanuts and chilli oil

GREEN SLAW

with ginger miso

FRIES

served with dips


We shared a set menu, and there was so much food. It is definitely worth doing for the full range of flavours but will definitely fill anyone up.

Main Course for 2

The vegan chicken nuggets were delicious, they were slender so were perfectly coated in tangy and creamy miso sauce, and the texture mocked chicken really well. They've paid attention to detail with their presentation and it was topped with spring onions and lime, which I love, and really brought out the miso.


I wasn't really so enthusiastic about pickles as a starter, focusing mainly on the nuggets...until I tried them. The pickled watermelon went so well with the spiciness of the vegan chicken. It was subtler than the familiar gherkin, but still packed a tangy punch.

The 'K-Pop Sandwich' is a vegan chicken burger, topped with plenty of Asian slaw, Sriracha mayo, and gochujang mayo. It was sweet, with a hint of spice, and well stuffed with filling. The Korean take on the burger was cool and different and I really appreciated the extra effort that they'd put into the design of it.


The fries were crunchy and the dips were delicious, one spicy and one creamy, perfect combo!


The 'Pickled Watermelon Salad' was so tasty, it was super fresh, and a perfect contrast to all that spice. It has so many of my favourite ingredients; spring onion, peanuts, coriander, and chilli. I'm really not used to watermelon being served as a savoury dish, but I loved it so much that I'm going to try and recreate it at home.


The 'Bang Bang Cucumbers' were served with 'strange sauce', which according to our waiter came from the Chinese idea that sesame and gochujang sauces shouldn't be mixed together, which is exactly what they have done here. They were so wrong, it's a delicious combo! The cucumbers were marinated, spicy, nutty, and tasted so authentically Korean. I was pretty impressed by this one and it is a dish that the restaurant themselves seem rightly proud of.

Last but not least, the Asian slaw, with subtler flavours than it's counterparts, but still distinctly Asian in taste with ginger miso running through it, it was a delicious and simple side dish.

Staff were sweet and enthusiastic, the vibes of the place were friendly and fun, and for the amount of food available on the set menu I think that it's very reasonably priced at £20. The burger by itself is £11 which is pretty standard in central London, but I highly recommend you at least try a few sides or starters if you are here, for me they all outranked the burger even because they were so carefully thought out, highly flavoured and unique.



Overall Ratings:

Staff: 5/5

Setting: 4/5

Taste: 5/5

Food Presentation: 5/5

Cost: 4/5


Ideal for: Meeting a group of friends/Date night

Number of Vegan Mains: 2

Negatives: Probably quite noisy during busy periods

Would Revisit: Yes

Address: 1a Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LL

Opening Hours: Monday - Wednesday 1200 - 2100; Thursday - Saturday 1200 - 2230; Sunday 1200 - 2000



As always, these posts are based on places I've visited on www.myveganradar.com - the London Vegan Food Map, based on tube stop, and are my own opinion.


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