Madras Chicken at Blackbird Bakery, East Dulwich

15 Feb

LOCATION: Blackbird Bakery, 46 Grove Vale, East Dulwich, SE22 8DH [map]

PRICE: £3.50

BREAD: A good quality white (baked by Blackbird).

FILLING: Chicken mixed with madras curry mayo, lettuce, sliced tomato and finely diced red onion.

PROS: This is basically coronation chicken in disguise but my goodness, it’s delicious. The large, juicy chunks of chicken are plentiful, bound in a borderline indecent amount of curried mayo. Although this is made with a curry powder blend, it miraculously  swerves any danger of tasting like something one might find chilling in a motorway service station and instead plants itself firmly in the camp of luxurious; silky soft and dreamy. The sweet little nubs of red onion are the perfect garnish too, adding just the right amount of allium bite. For £3.50, it’s extremely good value, because this sandwich is an absolute giant. At the halfway point I almost considered saving the other half for later. I didn’t, of course. Blackbird are trying to revive a British classic and are doing so with style and taste.

CONS: The insipid tomato needs to go. Also, the second time I bought it there was no red onion, which upset me a lot; I’ll mention it next time I go in. Speaking of return visits, I almost didn’t make one after a particularly irritating morning about 6 months ago when I popped in to pick up a sandwich on my way to work. I asked if there were any sandwiches available and the lady there told me that no, they don’t make them until 10am. “Oh, you don’t have the ingredients yet?” I asked her. “Oh yes, we just don’t make them yet” she replied. That’s fine, but I took a quick look around, and considered the fact that there was only one other person in the cafe and two members of staff. I then asked very nicely if they’d mind putting one together, a request which was met with a flat ‘no’ delivered in what was, frankly, a truly arsey tone. Is it really too much trouble to make a sandwich when you’re not doing anything else and I’m a regular customer? Really? Hacked me off for months, that did.

Anyway, the sandwiches are good so I return. Sigh.

SCORE: 7/10

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10 Responses to “Madras Chicken at Blackbird Bakery, East Dulwich”

  1. Paul February 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I’m going to get one………after 10am 🙂

  2. simon February 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Sounds top draw!

    • londonreviewofsandwiches February 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Oh yeah, it’s special. Guaranteed to covert the coronation chicken haters.

      • MattB February 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

        Who are these people? How can you hate Coronation chicken?

        I’m guessing the same people who wouldn’t enjoy a deep fried mars bar. Heathens.

      • londonreviewofsandwiches February 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

        HEATHENS!!! I’ve come across a lot of hate for corrie chicken, sadly but it’s understandable because it can be grim if done badly. This is a fine example! Glad to hear you are on side.

  3. Marina Huxley February 16, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    The sandwich does sound good, but in my opinion they don’t deserve your custom. There is no excuse for rudeness. Even if they are going to dig their heels in and not make any sandwiches until 10am, they could at least be polite about it!

    • londonreviewofsandwiches February 16, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      Yeah, you have a good point. They annoy me on a regular basis! The lure of the sandwich is just too great I suppose.

  4. hollowlegs February 16, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    You’re a better woman than me in returning after that – I hold a grudge something chronic, especially when refused food.

    Still, I SUPPOSE if the sandwich is good… still. HUFF.

    • londonreviewofsandwiches February 16, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      yeah, I sulked for 6 months! it has annoyed me all over again writing about it actually.

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