Tony reviews Chicken Liquor – Brixton market 22 Nov

Once again Saturday evening appeared and I was without a restaurant reservation. Where to? Brixton market of course.

I wasn’t really sure what I fancied so I did a couple of laps of the market/row areas and deliberated the pros and cons of each establishment.

My findings were pretty unanimous, there are no cons to fried chicken. So, it was off to Chicken Liquor I went.

“Chicken liquor, that name sounds familiar.” You’re right, it does, formerly Wishbone,  this chicken joint is now owned by the trendy Meat Liquor organisation.  Having never been to Meat Liquor I have no idea if it’s any good or not, but I’ve heard enough about it to presume it is.

It was pretty busy but myself and two friends were given a table at the back with high stools and a very close proximity to the toilet. This worked well as I actually needed to use the facilities when we first arrived and also just before we left.

What’s on the menu?

Chicken liquor menu

Chicken liquor menu

Chicken and plenty of it. If chicken is your thing there’ll be something for you.

Chicken YOUR WAY boasts the menu.

Well, my way was 1 x Buffalo wings, 1 x Thai wings and 1 x Garlic and Soy boneless bites.

“That’s a lot of chicken!” Yes, yes it is. Look at it in all it’s glory (see picture).

The buffalo wings were good, with enough of a kick to keep you on your toes and a delicious blue cheese sauce to add to the bite.

A lot of chicken

A lot of chicken

The Thai wings were disappointing, but I only ordered them as an experiment, so I wasn’t too downhearted,

The garlic and soy bites were sweet and lovely, a contrast to the buffalo. I chose to have a buffalo wing followed by a boneless bite, followed by a buffalo wing followed by a boneless bite and so on, to keep my taste buds guessing.

For a drink I had a whisky sour. I wasn’t sure what I wanted when the waitress approached the table to get our order, so I panicked and asked for the first thing I saw.

“A sour please.”
“What type of spirit?”


Sour note

I’m pleased I said “whisky” as the first spirit to come to mind, as it could have been quite embarrassing if for example I’d said “Baileys”.

Did I enjoy chicken liquor?

I’ll let this graphic photograph do the talking!

Yes, I did enjoy Chicken Liquor.

Yes, I did enjoy Chicken Liquor.

Tony reviews – Okan – Brixton market – 8 Nov


Saturday was all about the rugby for me. I watched it in a pretty lacklustre boozer, which I won’t name. After the game had finished (England lost – gutted) and I’d had four or five (who’s counting?) pints of Cornwall’s very own Tribute beer I was feeling pretty peckish.

Okan Brixton Market

Okan Brixton Market

I was racking my brain for what sort of grub I fancied, then I thought, “Brixton market.”

I wandered around for a short while before seeing the striking shop front of Okan, situated pleasingly close to the public toilets. Although it was busy I asked a pair of strangers, “Is it OK if we sit here?” “Yes,” came the response, and we joined them at their table.

We took to our stools and ordered a couple of pints of Kirin. Kirin is a Japanese lager, a perfectly quaffable one at that.

Food wise we ordered Edamame – which are soya beans sprinkled with sea salt, you open up the pods and pop the beans in your mouth (it’s quite good fun) and  Onasu – aubergine with soy, honey and ginger with miso dressing. Both were very nice, so nice in fact that we ate them before I remembered to get my phone out and get a picture! Sorry!

Pork and Kimchi Okonomiyaki

Pork and Kimchi Okonomiyaki

Then on to the main event, the Okonomiyaki. Having visited Japan I was well aware what this dish was. It’s sort of a Japanesy pizza but made out of cabbage. After explaining this at length to my co-diner she opted for the noodles.

I had a pork and kimchi one. It arrives steaming hot with bonito fish flakes dancing away on top, it’s quite a spectacle.

It was very nice, not quite as authentic as the ones I ate during my time in Japan but I suppose that’s to be expected. If you can’t be Fukuyamad to go all the way to Japan, Brixton market is a pretty good second choice.