Tag Archives: Kingly Court

Whyte and Brown, Kingly Court

19 Aug

“How did you get into this industry?”, asked Fiona Gale, Creative Director at Whyte & Brown. My reply wasn’t exactly thrilling. I don’t have a romantic story of a childhood spent in the kitchen with my mum and grandma who passed recipes onto me. No. In fact, I don’t think I ever made anything other than currant buns as a child. So what happened?

It all started about five years ago when I was at home and in need of something to satisfy my sweet tooth. I baked a tray of brownies and as soon as the first crumb hit my mouth I was hooked. That’s when the love affair really started and since then I have spent the majority of my time both searching for the best food the world can offer and attempting to recreate it in my kitchen at home.

So that’s my story. Fiona’s? Well hers is certainly more romantic. Her mother was a fantastic cook and she spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her as a child cooking the most delicious home made dishes. Fiona was sat in her kitchen one evening a couple of years ago and suddenly realised that there was a gap in the market. Apart from Nandos and KFC, no one at that time was offering a good range of chicken dishes. Then she started to write down all of the chicken recipes that she loves and it hit her. She would open a restaurant where the menu focusses on chicken and eggs.

Since Fiona’s realisation, a few chicken restaurants have popped up around London but none are like Whyte and Brown. Why? Because the menu doesn’t just feature roasted, grilled or fried chicken, as others do, but instead features an excellent wide range of hearty home cooked chicken dishes.

I was there to try as much as possible from the menu with a group of food bloggers at the beginning of last week. The restaurant wasn’t packed but it was a Monday night and there were a healthy number of diners, especially since it has only been open a few weeks.

The first thing that caught my eye upon entering was the interior. The oh so trendy reclaimed look is in full force but it’s one I love and I felt totally comfortable throughout the evening.

We shared a few of the starters, my favourites being the Bangkok Chicken Scotch Egg – minced chicken thigh-meat, lime leaf, coriander, mint, lemon grass, chilli and ginger served on a pickled cucumber salad and VERY spicy Harissa Hot Wings served with caramelised orange wedges, coriander and minty yoghurt dressing. I also loved the Chicken Liver Paté with Grilled Sourdough.

We ordered our own mains. I opted for the Brick Chicken – steeped in lemon, thyme and garlic, crisp-skinned three ways: marinated breast roast-grilled under brick, 24-hour slow cooked thigh confit and 12-hour slow-cooked wing served with a jug of house-made gravy. I ordered it with mash, which was one of the most delicious and creamy portions of mash I had ever had. I tried the Chicken Souvlaki, which was tasty but not quite as authentic as the real deal. I wanted to try the Vietnamese Chicken Soup but by this time my stomach was throwing a hissy fit at the thought of more savoury food.

For dessert, we shared portions of the Eton Mess, Trifle and Chocolate Brownie with Hazlenut Ice Cream. The Eton Mess was definitely my favourite – lemon posset instead of whipped cream and a fun addition of popping candy.

I really enjoyed my evening at Whyte and Brown and look forward to returning to try out the breakfast offering. What I loved most about it is that I now know I can get delicious home cooked style chicken dishes for a great price in Central London.

Whyte & Brown
Kingly Court
London, W1B 5PW

The Wright Brothers, Soho

15 Jun

The first time I went to The Wright Brothers on Kingly Street was shortly after it had opened at the end of last year. The food arrived and I took my camera out of it’s case to capture the delights in front of me but was mortified to find that the lens had miraculously broken.

A few months later and I’m back. I have scraped my shoe, moved on and purchase a new lens. I’m not bitter at all.

I went this week for an early dinner with my dad who works in London a couple of days a week. I love meeting him for dinner and it’s always a comfort having a member of your family to be able to do this with in a city away from home.

The plan was to meet for Oysters, which is why I suggested The Wright Brothers. Their sister restaurant, Oyster & Porterhouse in Borough market has long been suggested as one of the best spots for Oysters in London and the same can be said of their newest venture. We were lucky that it had been a beautiful day so the evening was warm. We snagged a seat in Kingly Court and realised that outside seating areas in Central London are rare.

We ordered 9 of the Spéciale de claire, which slid down the throat a real treat. For main I ordered the roast Hake with chick peas and my dad the seafood linguine. I ordered a side of seasonal vegetables, which happened to be green beans. My favourite. They were perfect – slightly crunchy and deliciously buttery.

I was happy to see that the Hake fillet was large when it arrived. I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t leave full, having not ordered a side of potatoes, but it turned out that I didn’t need them. It was slightly over seasoned and the skin wasn’t quite as crispy as I would have hoped but it was crispy enough to demolish, which of course I did. The texture of the chick peas was a welcome addition and added a punch of extra flavour.

The seafood linguine was exquisite. Al dente linguine with a rich lobser bisque and a perfect amount of seafood. I recently had this dish at another London restaurant and was disappointed with it – the sauce was far too rich and there was hardy any seafood present. The Wright Brothers definitely got the ratios right.

The only niggle of the evening was when a lone diner asked to sit next to us. That was fine but then she asked if she could smoke. I panicked and said yes. After all, she was allowed and there was no where else for her to sit. All of the memories of disgusting cigarette smoke blowing into your mouth when chewing flew back to me. Luckily I didn’t even notice when she lit up.

We chose not to have a dessert, partly as I had the chocolate and hazelnut pot last time I went and wasn’t overly impressed but also because we wanted to head to Bar Italia for a coffee.

With three floors inside, a bustling open kitchen, cosy candlelit indoor eating for those chilly evenings and outdoor table seating for glorious mild summer nights, The Wright Brothers Soho is a restaurant for all seasons. The food is simple and it’s cooked so well that is leaves you wanting to go back for more.

The menu is small but I’m not complaining as it means that all of the fish is fresh daily. And it’s sustainable too – most of it sourced from small Cornish day boats. I like knowing that next time I go back, there will be something different on the menu.

The bill came to £61.80 (including service) for a bread basket, 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 glasses of wine.

The Wright Brothers
13 Kingly Street and
G7/G8 Kingly Court

020 7434 3611

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