New York fried chicken: The Big Apple is brimming with competitive eats, backed by foodies bringing the hype. So when these American joints hit Hong Kong, they are sure to draw even more attention. 375 Chicken ‘n Fries is an apt exemplar. Coming straight from New York, the fried chicken joint recently opened on Queen’s Road Central. It serves what it does best – just fried chicken and fries, no messing around.
Look & Feel: The bolthole diner is decked in orange walls, with an upbeat playlist to set the scene. Since it’s a fast food joint, there’s nothing fancy here except for the chicken. Mouthwatering burger images from the New York flagship are plastered on the walls to garner an appetite.
On the Menu: Serving two main components – chicken and fries – the menu is simple. The buttermilk fried chicken is present in every burger option, with fillings ranging from hot Cheetos to truffle paste. Without a doubt, the BBQ popcorn chicken is a must order, smothered in sweet barbecue and ranch sauce. It’s worth sharing the generous portion of truffle parmesan fries too. Finally, order a few pots of the homemade sauces.
Jeng: It’s refreshing having a menu that focuses on its specialities. There’s no fuss here and you know what you’re coming for – the chicken.
Not so Jeng: Although the chicken and fries are on point, the burger buns could be plumper. That said, 375 Chicken ‘n Fries uses potato buns, which may explain why they’re flatter.
Meet the Chef: Recipes are from New York native Stephane Lemagnen, a classically trained French chef who previously worked in Michelin star restaurants.
Great For: Casual, guilty indulgence.
FYI: The venue is very small with a few tables. If you don’t want to wait, it’s worth grabbing a takeout and tucking in elsewhere.
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