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An order of Dominican fried chicken at La Barra is the food equivalent of a football testimonial. It is a glorious celebration of the fact that you will be doing absolutely eff all for the foreseeable. A five piece plate of chicken - humbly named considering it comes with plantain, a pile of chicharrones, and looks like it could feed you through an apocalypse - costs £12. And that’s an absolute snip considering the chicken, coated in a thick vortex of indefinable crunch, is superb. Just don’t forget to drizzle it with lemon, get some homemade chilli sauce on the side, and cancel all plans.
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“The fried chicken at La Barra comes in three sizes, the smallest of which caused O Fortuna from Carmina Burana to play, max volume, in my head as I saw it approaching my table. What the largest would do, I do not know. What I do know is that this is the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten. The batter is otherworldly-looking, swirled, jagged, golden brown crunch that’s come from another dimension, while the chicken inside remains improbably and perfectly moist. A squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of homemade chilli sauce is preferable, but you don’t even need that. The fact it comes with green plantain chips and a pile of chicharrones and bofes bigger than every portion at every London small plates restaurant put together is almost laughable. Almost. But laughter is a filling activity. And you want to you save all the room you can for chicken”.
- Jake Missing, Staff Writer