London is in love with all the flavours that come from the Deep South. We have seen so many restaurants and street food stalls serving up Mac and Cheese, Pulled Pork and Fried Chicken and gaining raving fans along the way.
A new branch of Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar has recently opened in Kentish Town and they specialise in Fried Chicken. The fried chicken here is not just any average fried chicken. It is a 24 hour brined, free range bird with lemon dust and hot sauce honey.
On the night that we were there, we did a tasting of their new menu.
On the menu
Gooey Corn Spoon Bread with clotted cream and Red Leicester cheese
Deep Fried Short Rib Meat Loaf with red onion jam, poached egg and dijonnaise
Southern Fried Bird served with the Buckwheat Waffles and bourbon maple syrup
Mac ‘N’ Cheese – curly macaroni, four cheeses and a biscuit crust
Shrimp ‘N’ Grits – stoneground cheese grits with shrimps, red inion, melted tomato, shredded house cured bacon and Camden ale jus
Firstly, the highlights for me were the light and fluffy biscuits which they have with gravy across the pond. They look like scones so it’s a bit of confusion to the palate to have it savoury. The fried chicken is well seasoned and moist with a crunchy coating. Of course, the chicken is served with buckwheat waffles, chicken gravy and oddly enough, watermelon. Here they serve meatloaf like a breadcrumbed patty, served with red onion jam and it works really well.
Southern dishes are of the stick to your ribs category with recognisable dishes like Mac N Cheese, grits and other combinations of cheese laden comfort foods. Here they do a localised version of Mac N Cheese with Red Leicester cheese. Grits which I first tried in Atlanta, I never understood, a bit like savoury porridge. Here it is served with shrimps and in this combination, it was delicious. I can say that I am now a convert.
Gooey Corn bread and collard greens are the other essential dishes on a Southern menu. What’s missing is just the fried green tomatoes.
The puddings are lush so make sure you save room for them. Love the pecan pie, but beware the chocolate peanut butter fudge pie, it is sinful.
Joe’s Southern Kitchen is right by Kentish Town tube station and has outdoor seating. The casual vibe is great for a casual meal if you are in the area. For Kentish Towners this is a great addition as there really aren’t that many choices to eat out in the area. If you don’t live around there, it’s worth the trek for the friend chicken and biscuits.
Joe’s Southern Kitchen
300 Kentish Town Road,
London NW5 2TG
020 7485 7331
EatCookExplore was a guest of Joe’s Southern Kitchen