Monday, 25 August 2014

Coop Chicken House

Prepare to be shocked and horrified.  I don't like Nandos!  For some reason it seems to be a lot of people's guilty pleasure but I am forever the spoil sport who refuses to go.  I have tried it a few times but as someone who really doesn't like hot spices, I find the choice of mild sauces limited and pretty tasteless which means I'm left eating dry chicken.

Luckily my days of ruining people's dinner plans are over as I now know where the best chicken party is at.  Coop Chicken House has been open in Newcastle a little while and shame on me for taking this long to get myself there.  The good news is that Coop Chicken are brilliant fun on Twitter so after having a bit of banter with them the week before, they were fresh in my mind when Simon and I came to make spontaneous dinner plans on Friday.


The Coop looks fantastic.  The restaurant was very busy when we visited so I couldn't really run about like a crazy blogging lady taking photos to share with you, so instead you'll have to imagine (or alternatively get down there to have a look for yourselves).   The dark wood floor and exposed brick walls are beautifully lit by the exposed lights and neon red chicken sign that hangs proudly above the diners.  The place is wonderfully cosy with the warmth of the open kitchen sending the most amazing smell of cooked chicken wafting round the tables.

The menu is simple yet fun.  You choose from a whole, half or quarter chicken and then have a choice of sides to go with it including sweet potato fries, grilled corn on the cob and homemade slaw.  Then comes the fun part of the meal - choosing the chilli sauces to accompany the food.  The chilli sauce menu is impressively large with 3 mild sauces, 5 warm sauces, 6 hot sauces and, if you're feeling stupidly brave, two nuclear sauces that involve signing a disclaimer before trying!


Simon and I opted for a whole chicken to share which came out served up in manageable pieces with a lemon garnish.  We chose to have it with skin-on fries and picked 3 sauces - lime chilli and sweet chilli (the mild options for me) and spicy African BBQ (medium for Simon).  They were served in shot glasses which we loved. 

The chicken was absolutely perfect, it had a lovely smoky taste and was really juicy and tender.  The sauces were a lovely addition.  Unlike Nandos, the milder options were gorgeous and I particularly loved the sweet chilli which tasted like honey. 


I was really excited to get to dessert as I knew that they came care of Ali at Simply Cheesecake.  You may remember that back in March Simon ordered me this giant toblerone Happy Birthday Cheesecake from Ali and it was very good so I was looking forward to seeing what flavours they had at Coop Chicken.   This weekend the choice was Chocolate Aero, Salted Caramel, Apple Crumble or Chocolate Orange (which we knew immediately was the one we had to go for).  


If the amazing chicken wasn't enough, to finish a gorgeous meal with a sweet and creamy cheesecake really was the perfect end to a fabulous evening.

So next time someone attempts to get me to a meal at Nandos I shall be leading them firmly to Coop Chicken to show them what a real chicken party is all about.

22 comments:

  1. Ooh great post I love the independent restaurant any day and that dessert looks divine. I love Nandos grilled BBQ chicken and halloumi cheese yes please. But recently I think some of the big chains have been taking advantage of their name and customers. Loyalty cards being changed and not honouring them. Then there is the price what used to be a fairly cheap family meal now cost £50 plus. I am not sure who these restaurants are catering for anymore. Sorry rant over. Lucy x

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    1. I think maybe Nandos is a victim of its own success, it's so popular!

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  2. I have to admit I do love a good nandos but I always end up going veggie when I'm there! The mushroom and halloumi burger/ wrap/ pitta is amazing! I love the sound of the sweet chilli sauce at coop though - maybe I'll have to pop in before I head back to uni! x

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    1. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee try Coop Chicken ... I'm sure you'll love it even more :D

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  3. I'm with you on Nando's; the food quality is terrible! We live next door to one and Mr S loves it, God help us!! Looks like you found a much better quality alternative!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

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    1. Yay someone else doesn't like Nandos :) Simon's never actually tried it and one opened up near to us earlier this year and he was talking about wanting to give it a go. I'm hoping now I've taken him to Coop instead he's forgotten all about Nandos :p

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  4. Oh this looks AMAZING!!! Need this in my life right now! :)

    Lou ~ whiskyandpancakes.co.uk

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  5. This place looks great! I really want to go there! I am with you on the Nando's thing - I am not really a fan.

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    1. Yay we should start a "eewwwww Nandos" club :D

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  6. I agree with you about Nandos, I'm really not a fan! This looks lovely though, definitely added to my list of places to eat x

    What Rachael Wrote

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    1. Definitely worth a visit, we'll be going again!

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  7. Yep same here, I don't get the nandos hype at all! Glad you liked COOP too! That cheesecake looks divine....


    Chloe x
    proseccoandpie.wordpress.com

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    1. SO good! Ali is at Tynemouth Market at the weeeknds I think, and I've seen her in the Fenwicks Food Hall before - her cheesecakes are so good!

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  8. I hate nandos too and always choose veggie! It's basically expensive chicken and chips! This however looks amazing! X

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    1. I think you'll probably prefer Coop, it's far more fun than chicken and chips!

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  9. We eat a lot of chicken in our house. Neither my Mr or I are hot & spicy lovers, it's mild seasoning all the way.
    I love how your meal came presented, the sauces in shot glasses.
    I'd very much like to try this place myself! :)
    Yum!

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

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    1. The shot glasses were such a lovely added touch, it was great fun choosing what to have x

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  10. I love chicken, it's the only meat I eat! The Coop Chicken House looks amazing, I'll definitely be visiting when I'm through in Newcastle although I'm going to have to find some non-vegi friends to join me! But I have to admit it.. I do love Nandos!!

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    1. They do a veggie menu too, I'm not sure what's on it because I was all about the chicken :)

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  11. I will have to take husband here to test it - we are south african so we LOVE nandos!

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    1. :D Every now and again I did think I should give it yet another try but then Coop came along and saved the day!

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