The culinary adventures of some gluten hating girl in London
Clockjack Oven is a recent, surprisingly good addition to the disgusting array of restaurants in the Piccadilly Circus vicinity. Neighbours include such atrocities as the Atrocious Aberdeen Angus Steak House and the Ridiculously Awful and Extraordinarily Expensive Rainforest Cafe. In blinding contract to the crimes against dinner these grim places vomit out of their kitchens, though, Clockjack oven’s offerings are tasty, reasonably cheap and served by human beings who don’t look at you like they want to stab your eyes out with a multicoloured bendy straw.
Essentially Clockjack Oven is Nando’s, dressed up. Rotisserie chickens whirl around in a firey glass cupboard behind the counter before being unceremoniously hacked up by someone wearing a t-shirt which is (it upsets me to say this bit) emblazoned with the slogan ‘undress me’. However, we forgave this because the chicken upon arrival was perfectly cooked, lovingly seasoned and brilliant. Sauces include chilli, barbecue, ranch and Caesar. We tried barbecue and chilli. We loved them both equally.
Sides are nothing to shout about, salad, coleslaw, chips and so on. We got the Caesar salad which comes with yet more chicken, so if you really want to get chickened out of your mind that’s the way to do it.
Despite the deliciousness of Clockjack’s tasty birds when I visited on a Saturday night this snazzy new restaurant was totally empty, and I don’t know why. The food is great. The restaurant is nice. The staff smile sometimes. Basically, it’s all good. It deserves to be popular, I say.
Gluten Free? Yes indeed!
The Verdict: Good chicken, nice staff, great location. Officially Nicer than Nando’s. Go.
P.S. They give you tap water and they don’t make you ask for it and stare at you like you’re some sort of disgusting pleb.
P.P.S. We got vegetable crisps for FREE.
P.P.P.S. Service is 10% not 12.5%!!!
WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?