And so to Clockjack Oven on Denman Street in Soho, where the delightfully simple décor complements the non-fussy cuisine. My guest and I were treated to a selection of the restaurant’s dishes and were impressed by the speedy service and authentic cooking techniques.
The Crispy Chicken Bites were surprisingly very light: marinated in buttermilk and coated in seasoned gram flour, they were accompanied by four dipping sauces; ranch, chilli, Caesar and BBQ, the latter being declared by my guest as “the best tasting BBQ sauce…ever”.
Our main course, one of the restaurant’s classic rotisserie-roasted free-range chickens originating from Janze, near Brittany, was deliciously succulent and tender. Accompanied by a decent Caesar salad, a sweet and crunchy cherry tomato salad and Clockjack Oven’s double cooked chips.
The wine list is small but perfectly formed, offering bottles from France, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Australia. Patriotic Brits will be thrilled to see London Pride on the drinks list.
The dessert menu did not disappoint, and echoed Clockjack Oven’s charmingly simple philosophy, with a selection of Dorset ice creams and sorbets. We opted for the decadent chocolate tart which is made by a local bakery and a frightfully tangy lime sorbet that cleansed the palette perfectly.
Following the current London chicken restaurant trend (Chicken Shop in Kentish Town and Tramshed in Shoreditch to name a few), Clockjack Oven provides a menu which is both tasty and, if you steer clear of the fried options, refreshingly healthy.
We chose to sit on a long, communal table which is perfect for casual business lunches and larger groups and for those who like to spread out.
Clockjack Oven exudes a relaxed, informal dining experience which will be enjoyed by Londoners and tourists alike. Costing just over £40 for a three course lunch with a glass of wine and water for two, it offers super value.