Red Rooster Shoreditch | Southern Soul Food
Red Rooster is worth crowing about.
It comes to you from chef Marcus Samuelsson, who was born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and has become the youngest ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. His Harlem restaurant has understandably become quite legendary, and this Shoreditch follow-up takes its finest qualities and builds on them.
It’s placed around the back of the Curtain Hotel, and has a more rough-edged feel than the polished original – here, you’ll find unvarnished, wooden tables & floors meeting studded banquette seating, and a fairly sizeable stage (more on that later). And as for the menu…
WHAT’S THE SAME
You’ll find Red Rooster’s legendary Yardbird fried chicken (coated in Ethiopian spices), as well as Helga’s Swedish-style meatballs, and Jerk Pork Belly with caramelised pineapple & shrimp hot rice. They’re even serving “Obama short ribs”, which Samuelsson first cooked for the former US president; they’re braised with spring onions and honey-glazed Jerusalem artichokes. Then there’s…
Well, a lot, quite frankly. Aside from Shoreditch-only menu additions – which come in the form of dishes like such as Uncle T’s Herring with fermented rice & brown butter, or duck with foie gras ganache and jicama – there’s also that stage. And while the weekly live bands are nice, it really comes into its own for Sunday brunch, when you can settle in for Bloody Maries, a whole fried chicken, and a gospel choir. Yep. Oh, and then there’s the fact that there’s an entire other restaurant attached to Red Rooster – it’s a taqueria, and it opens at 7am for Mexican-style breakfasts.
About when the rooster starts to crow.
NOTE: Red Rooster is open daily from 5pm-late (until 2am Thurs-Sat), and 11am-5pm on Sundays. You can find out more and book right HERE.
Red Rooster Shoreditch | 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 4PJ
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