So, yesterday was National Burger Day! In that case I went for a Chicken dinner at the brand new Fire and Feathers on the Fulham Road. It's a Piri-Piri joint so, a spruced up Nando's (which I must admit, for the right occasion, I'm a fan of).
We reached the door by 7pm to be more or less the only people in here for a good 20mins or so (it eventually became pretty busy). There's a no reservations policy so, if you're craving spiced chicken then head down early(ish).
The décor is upcycled rustic materials and there's a hint of Portuguese traditions in the tiling, which I'm lead to believe are authentic.
We started off with some cocktails which were Portuguese twists on the originals we are familiar with. I started with a Piri-piri bloody Mary which wasn't as spiced as one was expecting but still, a pretty good BM.
Miss A chose their 'Os Espumante’s Prosecco' with raspberry.
The menu is short and snappy... a couple of starters and very few mains.
Chicken 3 ways, steak, sandwich, a fish and a veggie and to be honest what more do you want?
Whilst we waited on the other members of our party to join whom were coming a while later we decided to share a few starters between the four of us.
Chorizo: Plentiful and delicious in taste however, quite a few pieces were what one would call a little 'over-charred' (AKA burnt).
The girls amongst us ordered some gluten free bread to mop up the juices which was as good as gluten free bread can be...
The all-round favourite starter of the evening were the garlic King prawns which came in a fantastic tomato/garlic/oily sauce. Half shelled for the diners ease and seriously succulent they had a good amount of spice and were simply heavenly.
For mains I think we all thought it would be a sin not to order the chicken and managed to get all three flavourings amongst us. Reading up beforehand I was aware that the 'whole' chicken is in fact a poussin (approx 550g of meat incl. bone) and we were also informed by the lovely waitress that the 'half' is actually coming off the menu very soon (possibly due to so many people being confused by the size).
The competitive (girls) amongst us decided on the so called 'Dynamite' whole
poussin chicken. And yes, they aren't wrong in telling you to get a whole chicken per person. The chicken is expertly cooked with crisp skin and succulent meat. The dynamite marinade is pretty blow your head off stuff even for the chilli fiends amongst us (it does come with a warning). But all in all I thoroughly enjoyed every (burning) mouthful!
For the £12.95 whole chicken you get a choice of side of which I went for the African spiced rice (more spice!). Peppered with peas, corn and bacon it was a great side and even greater to pour into the sauce from the above chicken.
I sampled Mr D's Piri-piri chicken. This immediately brought me back to my childhood plonked in a shack off Val Do Lobo beach - heaven! A nice mild spice in comparison to the dynamite and again the meat cooked to perfection. The only slight gripe was that it was a little on the greasy side.
The chips were a triumph crisp outer, fluffy inner.
We continued the evening until the bar was shut (around 10:30pm)drinking reasonably priced prosecco and Portuguese beers.
For a quick bite and a cheap eat en route home, this isn't a bad new spot. The relaxed atmosphere is welcoming to larger, rowdier groups (there was a large b'day party when we were in) and I think that adds to the charm of the place. It is a grown-ups (or a Chelsea) Nando's and a great one at that. We spoke about there being an additional middle spiced version between the Piri-piri and the dynamite for those wanting a chilli kick over a rather large blast!!
£45pp with booze
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