Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at Spit & Roast, King’s X

16 Oct

LOCATION: Spit & Roast at Kerb, King’s Boulevard, King’s X (vendors change daily; your best bet at the moment is to check Twitter for details) [map].

PRICE: £5

BREAD: Floury white bap.

FILLING: Buttermilk fried chicken, apple coleslaw and Korean chilli sauce.

PROS: The chicken had been marinated in buttermilk which we all know by now is the ONLY way to prep fried chicken. The meat is obviously good quality, full of flavour, generously proportioned and mega succulent from the buttermilk treatment. The coating is really well spiced too; a touch of the colonel about it but like he’s levelled up one in the sophistication stakes. Apple slaw is fresh, not claggy, and it compliments the fried chicken nicely, if hardly breaking the mould. Korean chilli sauce has a good flavour, mainly of gojuchang (Korean chilli paste); it’s mild and sweet yet distinctive, having as it does a touch of the funk about it.

CONS: There is one major sin when it comes to fried chicken and that is an under-crisped coating. It’s such a shame to undermine the work that has gone into the spicing by retrieving that bird from the fryer too soon. It’s difficult to get fried chicken right, I know that, but still..them’s the facts. Also, the coleslaw, advertised as apple, did not appear to have any apple in it; at least I couldn’t taste it and I wanted to. I was promised it after all. More citrus is also needed to give the fat in the chicken skin what for. The Korean sauce could use more heat; no-one can blame them for erring on the side of caution when it comes to chilli, but I did find myself returning to get some of the extra hot sauce sensibly provided on the counter.

It’s a sandwich with mega potential; even the floury bun worked and I was sceptical. There’s something about the flour from a bun like that getting EVERYWHERE that annoys me to unreasonable levels. Spit and Roast are clearly on to a good thing but really, just Spit and Roast? Where’s the Fry?

SCORE: 7/10

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12 Responses to “Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at Spit & Roast, King’s X”

  1. Andy K October 16, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Get the hipster express up to Dalston and go to Rita’s – their version is super-crispy and comes with sriracha mayo. It rocks. Worth enduring the too-cool early-20-somethings to get a hold of…

  2. Alicia (foodycat) October 16, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I’m with you on the floured bap scepticism. And I am so disappointed that this isn’t a perfect sandwich because it looks good and the concept sounds perfect.

    • londonreviewofsandwiches October 16, 2012 at 10:34 am #

      It has mega potential though so I’m sure they’ll get it there eventually. It’s still very much worth eating!

  3. hollowlegs October 16, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Oh. Nowt much wronger than a floppy crust!

  4. Gingle October 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I’ve had their bap before. Really liked it though agree with you on the hot sauce – needs more kick!

    • londonreviewofsandwiches October 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      Ah, I’m not the only one! Still, it’s good that they give people the option of a separate hot sauce, though that one is not Korean…

  5. Jess October 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    My little sister is phobic of floury baps, both the flour spillage and the finger-bap-flour texture interaction.

  6. Catherine October 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Think they are at Brockley Market on a regular basis. Last time I went they were sold out of everything except drumsticks. Floured baps are unnecessary.

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