The Best Broasted
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Whole chicken broasted
“I made repeated order-and-collect visits to The Best Broasted during the November lockdown, and while I’ve tried quite a lot of their menu, it’s the whole chicken broasted that kept me coming back. There’s something about it that gets me all metaphysical. “If broasting is like frying,” I’d wonder, while waiting for this Syrian spot in Willesden Green to prep my order, “then why is the chicken not even remotely greasy?“. And, “how can it be so juicy, so crunchy, and so sweet?“. I’ve yet to come up with any satisfactory answers, which is all the more reason to continue my love affair with this excellent chicken in 2021.” - Oliver Feldman, Senior Editor
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Don’t make the mistake of putting the chicken at this Syrian spot in Willesden Green in the same category as any fried chicken shop. Because this is the place to order from when you want a seriously upgraded version of fried chicken. The made-to-order broasted chicken is excellent, from the crunchy, sweet breading that clings to every succulent piece of meat, to the selection of pickles, pot of creamy toum, and crispy chipped potatoes that come with it. The spices in this chicken make it taste even better the next day, so make sure to order the whole chicken to avoid serious regret. Order here.
The chicken broasted at this excellent Syrian spot in Willesden Green is the kind of thing you’d happily travel across London to get your hands on. There’s just so much about it that’s great. From the crunchy, sweet breading that clings to every succulent piece of meat, to the selection of pickles, the pot of creamy toum, and the chipped potatoes that come with it, it’s moving and memorable stuff. You might be tempted to get a single-person half-chicken order for £6. Don’t. The spices in this chicken make it taste even better the next day, so you have to make sure you have plenty for leftovers. Also, at £10 for a whole chicken, it’s one of the best financial decisions you can make in London.
When we think of the chipped potatoes from Willesden Green spot The Best Broasted, again we find ourselves getting tangled up in all kinds of riddles and debates. What is a chip? When does a potato become one? If a crisp has soft pillow of potato inside it, is it still a crisp? Whatever the answer to these questions, one thing for sure is that the crispy chips (or are they chippy crisps) at The Best Broasted are amazing. Get them with a whole chicken broasted like we do, or get them alone. Whatever you do, make sure to dip each one in the creamy pot of toum that they come with.
Bedtime is the time for big philosophical questions. Years ago, I was wishing my nephew sweet dreams when he asked me “What makes the night so quiet? And why is water clear?“. Similarly, early this week, I was tucking myself in and wondered, “if broasting is like frying, then why is the chicken from The Best Broasted not even remotely greasy?“. And, “how can it be so juicy, so crunchy, and so sweet?“. Thinking about it now, the only question that really needs addressing is this: why don’t I live closer to this Syrian spot in Willesden Green so I can eat their incredible £10 portion of broasted chicken, potatoes, pickles, and creamy toum several times a week?”