My teammates have been raving non-stop about the Buttermilk Fried Chicken at Kettle in Shangri-la Mall, so I wasted no time and dropped by one afternoon to taste the famous fried chicken for myself. We didn’t really linger and order a lot of other dishes, since we only had one dish on our agenda. We did have enough time to whet the appetite with a serving of their clam chowder soup before the main event.
The Clam Chowder Soup did not disappoint. It was served in a sourdough bread bowl, as is common practice in many places, especially in San Francisco. I don’t know about you, but I finished the bread bowl with the soup, because it absorbed most of the flavor of the soup, and the quality of the bread bowl was decent.
When our order of Buttermilk Fried Chicken was served, my first impression was that the serving was huge! I couldn’t even finish one on my own. The boneless chicken pieces were also served with three huge pieces of honey-glazed cornbread muffin, cajun honey, and country gravy on the side. We ate the chicken with their garlic rice, and found it a bit disappointing. Maybe all the hype just built up unrealistic expectations and it didn’t quite meet mine in terms of flavor. I found the chicken oily and bland, and it relied on the gravy and cajun honey for flavor. The same can be said for the cornbread muffin in terms of oiliness. I did find it packing enough flavor, but I couldn’t eat more than one and not feel guilty about it because of how greasy it was. Not really sure if this is what I should have expected with Southern-style cooking, though.
Aside from the size of the chicken, and the addition of the honey-glazed cornbread, I felt that the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, which we came for, was overrated, underwhelming, and poor value for money. If this best-seller is any indication of what I should expect from their other dishes, then I’ll probably have to manage my expectations next time. It might not be good enough for me, but hey, there are probably about three out of four people I know who would swear by this dish. Don’t take my word for it, and try it out for yourself.-HANA