Two hot new eateries in Sea Point are changing the face of the takeaway chicken dinner
If you want tasty, home-cooked food without actually cooking it yourself, Sea Point is ahead of the game. Forget any preconceptions of fast-food, these two new chicken joints offer healthy eating on the go with genuinely free-range chickens (both source their poultry from Elgin Free-range Chickens), cooked with a whole lot of love and care.
The Chicken Shop
Inspired by the neighbourhood chicken shops in Australia, where locals pick up a whole roast chicken and sides for an instant take-home dinner, the team behind Jarryd’s Espresso Bar and Eatery in Regent Road partnered up with chef Scott Walker to bridge the gap between fast-food and home-cooked meals. “We just don’t believe that fast food needs to be unhealthy,” says co-owner Jarryd Segal. “It can be ethically sourced, it can be of amazing quality, it can be conscious.”
At The Chicken Shop on Sea Point’s Main Road, customers are spoilt for choice at a counter brimming with tempting hot sides and colourful salads, behind which is a huge charcoal pit roasting spatchcock chickens and a wood-fired pizza oven for cuts of lamb, vegetables and also pizzas. You can eat in or take home (packaging is either bio-degradable or recyclable) piling plates high with roast vegetables suffused with wood smoke, rich potato bake, cauliflower cheese, beautifully varied salads including beetroot spiced with dukkah, fall-apart lamb and of course the excellent chicken, marinated overnight, tender and full of flavour.
At this tiny rotisserie shop next to Mojo Market in Regent Road, owners Delphine De Beer and Catherine Lauria are recreating the quality and simplicity of their favourite Parisian “rôtissoires”. Their recipe is simple: the best chickens are slowly cooked in a specially imported French rotisserie oven, with a secret blend of herbs and spices. Basted frequently, they are mouth-wateringly succulent, ready to take home with a side salad or a little tub of luscious home-made mayonnaise or fresh herby yoghurt. Or eat on the go as a generous chicken baguette sandwich.
Ring in your order 90 minutes ahead of collection and a beautifully bronzed chicken will be ready, piping hot, in a purpose designed an insulated bag to keep it warm without drying out until you reach home. For summer Cocotte will add more eat-on-the-go options such as chicken wraps and chicken salads.
The Chicken Shop
060 748 0145
Cocotte, La French Rotisserie
083 459 2321
Words: Kit Heathcock | Images: Kit Heathcock & Supplied