Bird, Camden

I’ve been to Bird several times, trying different things. My first selection was the Classic Burger, which remains my favourite. Simple, tasty, and importantly, worth the money. I also tried the chicken wings at this point, but in comparison with the burger, they were underwhelming. The next time I visited I went full on with a different burger and waffles. The waffles weren’t exactly to my preference in texture but I really enjoyed the experience of chicken and sweetness together, which most English people would find quite alien. The burgers we had seemed to have the flavour of English mustard, which I personally dislike and clashed with the American vibe. Most recently I tried the Nashville hot burger, which was great. It was absolutely drenched in sauce, which stole the show from the chicken and wasn’t really appropriate for the breakfast I was using it for, but I can’t argue with good flavours. My friends had the Royale and the Bacon Cheese burgers, and both were happy.

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I’ve already mentioned the waffles, but on my last visit we also got dessert, and Bird’s Glazed Doughnut was everything I wanted it to be. It wasn’t cheap but it also wasn’t small. The bulk of the doughnut was fairly standard, but the icing seemed to be top-quality. I did not sample the other desserts which included a Reese’s Cheesecake and a Deep Fried Waffle (which sounds scary to me) and both looked cool and satisfied their respective eater.

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The place itself is cool to hang out in and is sort of Nandos-tier in presentation and cost. I especially like the way the lighting shines on the exposed-brick walls, and the adorable bird logo. Also the toilets are gender neutral and gigantic.

One could ask, is it a bit middle-class and overly sanitised when we have cheap and cheerful Chicken Shops lining the streets? But Bird doesn’t take away their role in the average English-person’s diet; it offers something specific and necessary which is a more American-style of chicken. Dallas Chicken and Ribs will not be giving you blue cheese on a burger or waffles drenched in maple syrup: if the menu makes your mouth water with West Coast Burgers and the crazy sounding Waffle Burger, then I can report that Bird makes good on that image. 

☆☆☆☆

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