Clockjack – rotisserie chicken at Piccadilly
14 Denman Street, W1D 7HJ
I love the diversity of London, but sometimes, amidst all the Korean, Eritrean and Lebanese food, it’s wonderful to find a place that just does simple rotisserie chicken. My university friend took me to Clockjack Oven tonight – a lovely little place just off Piccadilly Circus (opposite Brasserie Zedel). It’s quite small, but it wasn’t crowded at all – surprising given its location. The rotisserie was on display behind the bar, and we saw the chickens twirling, making our mouths water.
The service was incredibly friendly, and the waiter proclaimed us ‘soulmates’ when we ordered the exact same dinner: 3 chicken pieces, twice-cooked chips and gravy. The food arrived very promptly, and my, was it delicious. The chicken was tender and not the slightest bit dry, and the gravy, which was thicker than I’d had it before, brought out the flavours perfectly. There were some sea salt crystals on the chicken skin, which made my favourite part of rotisserie chicken even more tasty!
There was a tiny smattering of salad next to the chicken, with had some apple in it too – a very tasty combination. The chips portion looked quite small, but ended up being the perfect amount in combination with the chicken, without making us too full.
The only thing I would say about Clockjack is that the dessert was extremely disappointing – the lemon tart tasted store-bought and the creme fraiche on the side just didn’t match at all. So my suggestion to you is: eat the chicken, but perhaps hop across the road to Zedel for some creme brulee!
Price: £20 per person (drink, olives, chicken, chips and dessert) – very reasonable!