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332 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2QN
Reviewed by Alex Kolton
I really shouldn’t tell you what I have found… because it is still on the down low, and foodies in the know already know about this place and want to keep it to themselves. Alright, I am going to let you in - the best wings, hands down, that I have had in the UK and bordering on ever... and I am from Atlanta, Georgia where wings are pervasive, served even at weddings. It was my teenage son who turned us on to the eatery selling it as Shoreditch in North London. We went along with limited expectations and hit joy. I can say that the wings are so good, that I have had sudden, unexplained cravings and have found myself going at lunch time and late evening and they consistently deliver - that kind of good. They are certainly not the first to do wings in London, but these are different, just right with divine sauces making it hard to choose: Buffalo, Shanghai, Seoulja Boi, Bang Coq, Sweet & Smokey BBQ, 5 Spice Szechuan and more.
Who Are They? Ben Ford’s sister introduced him to David Turofsky and they realized a shared culinary vision. David went to university in America and noted the ubiquitous concept, “social dining, good food without pretension and at a fair price” widely available in California and less so in the UK. Ben trained in culinary arts and the boys experimented and tasted until each ingredient was outstanding and the formula just right. About four years ago, they started serving up street food at festivals including Glastonbury and Hyde Park with immediate queues which was a very encouraging sign. They began to win a host of food awards including; Festival Concession of the Year, Best British Street Food, Double Wing fest Champions three years running, they also did a collaboration with Gordon Ramsay at Bread Street Kitchen.
Wingmans are to be the annual wing provider for the American NFL London games tailgate at Twickenham Stadium. In house they will screen a big sporting event and on Super Bowl Sunday they hosted a “Wing-Out” with a late-night license serving up all you can eat and drink with one punter eating 70 wings, he was going for 100. You can also bring your vegetarians along, the Shanghai Cauliflower Wings are super tasty. Notable menu items include; slow cooked pulled beef short rib with truffle Mac & cheese, sweet potato maple pecan fries, spicy Korean cucumber and pickled kohlrabi.
Are you getting a picture of the Wingmen? Ben has the Tigger-like energy necessary to run a 7 day a week business and now they are on a serious track, people want what they are offering, and measured expansion is in the future. Wingmans is always jamming with a devout, cult following coming from far and wide and you might also find yourself a destination diner, waking up with that wing craving.
Wing your way to Kilburn!
What's the Rub?
★ All British, high-quality chicken, plump, juicy wings serving one metric ton of chicken a week, more during event season.
★ Sauce - Everyone keeps asking so they might bottle and sell their sauces.
★ Beers - Partnered with a Belgium brewery serving a 4% in-house lager.
★ Space - Seats 70 covers with more seating out front in the pub garden.
★ Reservations - Yes and open for lunch too.
★ Delivery - Can do - Deliveroo, UberEATS.
★ Catering - Yes they will, perfect for most occasions.
★ Coincidence - Ben’s grandmother once lived in a flat above the shop.
★ "Wingery" - the boys have Trademarked the term Authentic Wingery.
★ They hold a Guinness World Record for Most People Singing the song Frozen.