Best known for serving seriously good wings at select London pop-ups, pubs, and at Dalston Street Feast, revered Randy’s Wing Bar is set to open its first permanent location in Hackney, East London, this weekend.
Reminiscent of Brooklyn warehouses — all reclaimed wood, metal framed ceiling, exposed pipework, and rotating glass door panels (that open up for canal-side dining in the warmer months) — the 70-seater restaurant is the realisation of a dream bore some years ago.
Having perfected a variety of cooking techniques and flavours, Richard Thacker and Andy Watts (who incidentally were the first international invitees at the annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival USA), aim to take diners on an ‘around the world experience’, with five styles of wings; chicken burgers; chicken liver popcorn; and a selection of craft beers and wines. Classic Buffalo wings are rolled out side-by-side with rarer choices like Vietnamese-inflected Hanoi Tuk Tuk, and robata-grilled beauties marinated in Indian spices. If you didn’t know that London was crying out for a restaurant dedicated to the wonder of the wing, you do now.