Casual Dining

Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter


I said to my dining companion, “I’m not going to write a review!” after all I didn’t have my good camera and I wanted to concentrate on catching up with my good friend and fellow food-lover, the fantastically talented singer-songwriter Kimwei. Seriously, visit  www.kimwei.com and take a peek at some of his music videos, especially Beauty In Every Element –  it is properly amazing stuff.

But here I am, writing a review. I can’t resist sometimes – its like a compulsion all food bloggers have.  I’m sat listening to Jay Rayner on Radio 2, so I might have had some inspiration to put finger to keyboard

Absurd Bird just does chicken; yes there are a few other things on their menu out of the realm of chicken but not much else.  I trust these guys with my chicken when I want it, but on this occasion I was going to have something a little different.

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I remember with great fondness the Absurd Bird bloggers evening we attended a couple of years ago at Exeter Cookery School, where we got our chicken-on when we met their head executive chef who took us through how to make various items on the Absurd Bird menu and we even got a go for ourselves!  It was one of the best foodie events I’ve been to with bloggers in mind, and one I will look back fondly on.

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It wasn’t until Kimwei said, “hey lets do lunch” and Absurd Bird was suggested (if you bring back your previous receipt you get 20% off your next bill!) that I realised that I had never actually been for a sit-down meal despite the two events that we had attended for them.

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The service at lunch is speedy quick. We were about to get in, order and be out within an hour which was super helpful.  And as I had expected. the service was friendly and warm.

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Absurd Bird is all about soulful Southern Style chicken.  Depending on what you go for, the portions are big, and what they do to chicken is genuinely amazing.  A quick scour across the menu and you see that they follow a similiar pattern to other casual dining places with a section for burgers, various sub sections, and tucked down at the right hand side is the lunch menu.

There are six dishes that are priced at £6 each.  But of course, if you want added fries or salad it is extra.  So let us say £8 each.  I went for the Mac & Cheese which is served in its own griddle.

It was a suptous savory bacony pasta-y take on this normally boring dish that is often done really badly.  This was a good example of how nice Mac & Cheese can be.

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And despite the size, it was an ample amount especially with the fries too.  It was a bit of carb overload (I could have had the salad…yes I know!) but it sorted me for the rest of the day.

It was with great sadness that we learnt that Absurd Bird’s neighbour Polpo is closing, and this itself is a worrying sign.  With so much choice for diners in Exeter, chain and indpendent eating places are in great competition to attract people out of their kitchens.  With a greater squeeze on our pockets, eating out can be incredibly expensive.

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Absurd Bird is one restaurant that I hope stays afloat.  They are a small chain compared to the likes of the floundering Byron burgers and Jamie Oliver’s and I thoroughly recommend a visit.  The atmosphere is has a southern charm to it, like walking into an American diner somewhere off an Interstate in Louisiana; and they do cocktails too!

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They are one of the only places in the UK that serves genuine American Moonshine, a potent yet delectable spirit that goes fantastically with mixers and on its own.  We attended a cocktail event back in September which was great fun, and it showed off the true range of drinks their mixologists can create for you.  And I am pleased to say – they have a happy hour too!

 

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https://www.absurdbird.com/

Twitter: @AbsurdBirdExe

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