Absurd Bird Spitalfields

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Description

Bringing the soul-warming comfort food of the American South to Spitalfields, Absurd Bird promise honest grub, good value, and a twisted take on Southern classes. The food itself is like the ambiance that accompanies it: eclectic, unexpected, improvisational, modern yet nostalgic, sophisticated yet humble, comfortable yet innovative.

What's more, their chicken is the highest grade of free-range from their friends down at Fosse Meadows Farm. Marinated in their secret recipe sauces, teamed with irresistible sides and topped off with insanely good desserts, all baked in house. 

The Bar - Hidden out of sight and down a wooden staircase, at Spitalfields you'll find yourself in your own dimly lit Basement bar with a New Orleans speakeasy vibe. Work your way through the incredible cocktail list put together by the mixology masterminds at Soulshakers, featuring their own distilled Absurd Moonshine and a hefty collection of bourbon. Or try out their Absurd Lager, brewed by the guys over at Signature Brewery. Head down between 5-7pm to try them all at a steal of £5. Ideal for private functions, date nights, catch-up cocktails and other occasions. 

 

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Bottomless Brunch

Bottomless Brunch

Various dates

Join us for the Absurd Brunch !! 1 Starter 1 Main 1 Side & Dessert  Choose from our Moonshine...

live music @ Absurd Bird

live music @ Absurd Bird

Every Thursday

Huge wings, chicken and amazing cocktails with a jazz and blues grass live music in the basement

Moonshine Fridays

Moonshine Fridays

Every Friday

Chicken By Birth, Crazy By Nature; we've all heard the word about Absurd Bird's epic fried chicken but now they're...

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Hours

Day Open Close Notes
09:00 23:00
09:00 23:00
09:00 23:00
09:00 01:00
09:00 01:00
09:00 01:00
09:00 22:30

Special Opening Hours

Day Open Close Notes
09:00 01:00 Private Hire Only

Location

Absurd Bird Spitalfields
54 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT

Area:
London

Nearest station:
Aldgate East (Tube)
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This venue serves American food.

A word from the chef:
Tuck into fried plates the likes of buttermilk chicken atop waffles and smoked garlic parmesan chicken wings.

Our Review

Absurd Bird Spitalfields - Restaurant Review

Absurd Bird Spitalfields - Restaurant Review

Fun, lively and with about as much fried chicken as you could possibly want, Absurd Bird has fast become popular with the local Shoreditch dining crowd. Positioned on the corner of Thrawl Street, it stands just a few 100 metres away from...

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Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Basement Bar Basement Space 50 60 2000 600 1000
Basement Bar Private Room 50 60 2000 600 1000
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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The restaurant seemed cut even and service was ok in the beginning. The food wasn't that great. I ordered the spicy chicken with toast and pickles.... I believe it was a Nashville spicy chicken dish...which was ridiculously disappointing, there was so much hotsauce poured on the dish, the servers did say it would be ok if you could handle a bit of heat. I'm Asian and have spicy food all the time but to drink that amount of pure chilli sauce is just stupid, it was two think peices of toast then hot sauce then one chicken tender peice then more hot sauce another chicken tender and more hot sauce and a tiny pickle cut in half which is also covered in chilli sauce. I think that dish if it was made correctly should be viewed again. It was unbearable and very disappointing. I had asked for some mayonnaise which I thought I could use as a dip to reduce the heat but it was never brought to me. The restaurant wasn't that busy so I was very disappointed in that service. Service overall wasn't that great either, we were never asked if we wanted more to drink etc. Overall I don't think I will be returning. Which is disappointing cause i love a good old fried chicken. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 22 Mar 2017
23 Mar 2017 by
1

Service was friendly and attentive but not overly so. Our cocktails took a while coming - which was a bit disappointing given the restaurant was empty. Food was nice - beware the wings as they are full wings and not winglets like you get else where. We had 12 between 3 of us and it was too much! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 21 Mar 2017
22 Mar 2017 by
4

Fab food, drinks and service...loved it!! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 18 Mar 2017
19 Mar 2017 by
5

Had a fantastic time celebrating my twins' 12th birthday. Fantastic cocktails- gotta try Ol Blue Eyes and as for the food... wow!!! Great staff and service and the Absurdly Hot Chicken is.. well.. ABSURDLY DELICIOUS and HOT!! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 18 Mar 2017
19 Mar 2017 by
5

Great night! Absurd food, music and company 😀! David visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 16 Mar 2017
17 Mar 2017 by
5

We really enjoyed the bottomless brunch! The staff were nice, accommodating, helpful and efficient. Thank you! My friends have mentioned they really enjoyed the food and place, and would like to go back - good stuff! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 04 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017 by
4

The staff make an effort and food is very good but be careful as the portions are huge, as the wings are all three joints. I actually think kitchen's that do this are a bit lazy as it can be a hassle separating them! Our waitress didn't have the greatest English, but the manager kindly gave us a discount on one of the plates that we couldn't even get to. All in all, a good, reasonably priced meal! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 01 Mar 2017
02 Mar 2017 by
4

Nice staff, nice space, mac and cheese was nice, salads were nice, fried chicken below average, Nashville sauce was terrible on all levels, smoked chicken terrible visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 27 Feb 2017
01 Mar 2017 by
1

Truly wonderful service as always, and great food. Unfortunately, the music was way too loud. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 24 Feb 2017
25 Feb 2017 by
4

I was really looking forward to this as it seemed to have great reviews online. However I was really disappointed. The waiter didn't really have a clue about the menu and the photos were all mixed up on the iPad, plus the staff just stood around chatting and just left all the dirty plates in a massive pile by the sink. The wings were really good but that was about it...I had the Caesar salad which was basically some cos lettuce in a bowl with a bit of dressing and a bit of chicken on top. The chicken was dry and not pleasant. Also over-priced for a bowl of lettuce! Maybe I chose wrong but I left feeling rather hungry. Shame. Rebecca visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 22 Feb 2017
23 Feb 2017 by
2

Food was great, everyone enjoyed it. One negative was that the bar downstairs closed at about 12:20 when we were told it was 1 visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 17 Feb 2017
21 Feb 2017 by
4

Excellent service. Great cocktails and delicious food especially the spinach and artichoke dip with nachos. Fun and buzzing atmosphere with good music. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 18 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
5

Enjoyed the atmosphere amazing fried chicken, the sweet potato bake with marshmallows was a interesting side to have, Simon visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 14 Feb 2017
15 Feb 2017 by
4

Food was really filling, decent prices too visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 14 Feb 2017
15 Feb 2017 by
4

Great cocktails and beer. Everyone's Chicken was spot on - Great wings, Chicken Burger and mini fried chicken sliders. Will def be going back soon. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 07 Feb 2017
08 Feb 2017 by
4

My favourite place! Love the food, the staff are lovely and the atmosphere is always very cool visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 06 Feb 2017
07 Feb 2017 by
5

Waitresses were not respondent and we were waiting around for ages. Milk was warm and cookies rock hard visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 05 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
3

Wings came out cold. Sent them back and the were returned within 2minutes after I assume being microwaved. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 01 Feb 2017
02 Feb 2017 by
2

As much as I would like to give this venue 5 stars, the food was well below what I expected. They need to spend time and work on marinating their chicken! The flavor was just not good enough. Sadly their cocktails were the worst part, mixed poorly and lacked any flavor. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 01 Feb 2017
02 Feb 2017 by
2

great food, good to enjoy with friends Davneet visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 27 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
5

Great service and amazing food! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 27 Jan 2017
28 Jan 2017 by
5

Food was absolutely amazing. Can highly recommend the chicken waffles and the sliders (went we my boyfriend and we shared to avoid food envy!) We had the pleasure of enjoying happy hour as well and some very good cocktails with a twist on offer. Staff were helpful and one member (I'm horrible and can't remember her name) went above and beyond on this occasion. We will definitely be back! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 19 Jan 2017
20 Jan 2017 by
5

Big portions, very good food. Good experience, would recommend visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 06 Jan 2017
07 Jan 2017 by
4

Music too loud, fries cold, chicken great visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 06 Jan 2017
07 Jan 2017 by
3

Amazing food and ambiance! Highly recommended visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 03 Jan 2017
04 Jan 2017 by
5

Ok but mostly unimpressed. The mash and Mac n cheese was bland and the Caesar wrap was average at best. The tastiest thing was the chicken wings, smoked garlic and parmesan. The service and decor was good. Wouldn't go back, would try somehwere else instead. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 02 Jan 2017
03 Jan 2017 by
2

I was tere fot the NYE dinner+party. The food was very tasty and we had limitless prosecco for 2 hours and a free cocktail after that! the only thing that could have been better was the dessert. although we had ordered a cheescake and a brownie we were served two brownies and they were both too dry for a brownie. Otherwise we had an amazing night! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 31 Dec 2016
01 Jan 2017 by
4

Not a great choice for an Xmas end of year dinner for 15 attendees. One waitress was lovely but the others were incredibly miserable and looked like we were putting them out by asking for drinks. we would have spent much more in your restaurant if we felt more welcomed. instead we left straight after the food and went elsewhere for drinks. the staff looked like they could not cope and we a few were not friendly at all. Our designated waitress was lovely but others helping here were not. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 20 Dec 2016
28 Dec 2016 by
3

The service was really really good but the wings were ice cold! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 22 Dec 2016
24 Dec 2016 by
2

Loved the food, great fried chicken and waffles. The menu was a little confusing though. only 3 stars because all the staff were very glum! not a smile or thanks for coming or have you enjoyed your meal between them. What a shame, that's put me off returning. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 20 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 by
3

food was excellent, cant wait go again visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 16 Dec 2016
17 Dec 2016 by
5

Delightful staff, excellent service and great food, thanks for a great night, we will recommend you to all we know, thank you, Debby visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 14 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
5

GREAT FOOD GREAT SERVICE GREAT ATMOSPHERE visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 14 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
5

Good food and service. Very filling visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 13 Dec 2016
14 Dec 2016 by
4

The food was excellent, fairly priced, and the service at the restaurant was good. However, what I didn't appreciate was the 2 phone calls in the days leading up to my booking, culminating in a voicemail threatening to cancel my table unless I called them back to confirm it. When we were at the restaurant it was only half full or less anyway. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 13 Dec 2016
14 Dec 2016 by
4

Fwlt a bit queasy after and service wasnt amazing... visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 11 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by
2

Great food, great waiters and delicious cocktails! Will definitely be back (and will be ordering a whole lot more corn bread!) visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
5

It was excellent! The best chicken wings of London. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 30 Nov 2016
01 Dec 2016 by
5

Fantastic food, great cocktails, only wish I could have eaten more! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 30 Nov 2016
01 Dec 2016 by
5

LOVE LOVE LOVE all the wings and all the sides. Be back soon <3 visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 30 Nov 2016
01 Dec 2016 by
5

The garlic, parmesan wings are amazing! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 30 Nov 2016
01 Dec 2016 by
5

Music too loud, had to ask 3 times for it to be turned down as guests were screaming to have a conversation at dinner. Head waiter was lovely and attentive. Food delicious. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 30 Nov 2016
01 Dec 2016 by
3

The chicken and waffles were next level delicious and a huge portion for the price! Some found all the sweetness to sweet but I loved it. Good music and very friendly host too. nick09 visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 26 Nov 2016
27 Nov 2016 by
4

Delicious! I was in the mood for chicken wings and blue cheese. They delivered. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 24 Nov 2016
25 Nov 2016 by
5

Fantastic dinner. the festive feast was amazing value and not your typical buffet style food. Thoroughly recommended. Special thanks to Diego who really looked after us despite our continued drinks requests! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 24 Nov 2016
25 Nov 2016 by
5

Food was very good, including the festive menu. My only constructive criticism is that service could have been slightly more attentive - but I'm nitpicking. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 24 Nov 2016
25 Nov 2016 by
4

Really great, the happy hour cocktails were yum and the absurdly hot chicken definitely woke me up!! Great service and great atmosphere. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 22 Nov 2016
23 Nov 2016 by
5

Food was amazing as always and great hospitality from our host Emma visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 17 Nov 2016
18 Nov 2016 by
5

Awesome food....especially the buffalo chicken wings! visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 10 Nov 2016
11 Nov 2016 by
5

We are from the South of the States so like our fried chicken. While the ambiance of the restaurant was great - the service was a bit slow. A few of the menu items we tried needed a bit of work, like the fried pickles, ranch and absurd hot bird (just a bit too oily). We want to see the restaurant do well though and would suggest others to give it a try but would also suggest to the restaurant just to up their game a bit. visited Absurd Bird Spitalfields on 04 Nov 2016
05 Nov 2016 by
4

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