Published: 05:00, 21 April 2022
Uncle Bobs Chick 'N' Wings has been a long awaited opening in Twydall, with doors staying firmly shut for almost a year during renovations and speculation on Facebook growing to be almost unbearable.
Signs in the window promising 'clucking cushty' food and the pigeons nesting on the roof of Tasty Kebab Fish next door were enough to make me sceptical. But with ten takeaways soon to be competing for customers in the tiny shopping strip, how would Uncle Bobs rank?
I have been a Twydall resident for eight years now and in that time I have seen the local shopping centre - if you could call it that - grow to become a haven for takeaway restaurants.
In total there are now nine - Costa, Subway, Papa John's, Tasty Kebab Fish, Twydall Tandoori, Chi Chinese, Crispins, Twydall Cafe and now Uncle Bobs Chick 'N' Wings being added to the list.
Soon a tenth will join them with Medway's second Fireaway Pizza currently being constructed.
So, this shop would have to be something special to stand up against some of the big brands and the much-loved chippy across the road.
I made the short journey to the shop in my comfy bank holiday attire, including a bright orange cosy sweatshirt - something I would soon come to regret as I approached the door.
It feels very metropolitan and modern with the dark wood sign and East End slang in bright orange lettering on the window.
The tangerine colour theme from the outside runs throughout the interior as well, and it seemed I had dressed for the occasion matching every single menu board, sign and centimetre of paint work throughout.
Luckily for me, the shop was fairly quiet and only two other groups of customers were there to witness the faux pas.
However, my embarrassment did not stop there and as I approached the counter I very quickly realised that I should've worn some chunkier trainers.
The full menu was cellotaped to the top of the counter which stands very high at around 5ft tall - I myself stand at just 5ft 2 and so up on the tip toes I went to select my meal option.
The man behind the counter quickly realised my struggle and offered a loose menu to browse.
I ordered a three-piece box of 'Banging BBQ' chicken wings which had a spice rating of one on the menu, with a side of cheesy fries and a strawberry milkshake.
My sister also picked up a meal with some peri-peri hot wings which had a spice rating of two, a side of plain fries and an Oreo shake.
The friendly worker said that he would put my order through as a six-piece box and cook them in separate sauces to save me some cash which was a nice touch.
In total my order took around ten minutes and with it wrapped up in brown boxes and placed in a big brown bag I headed home to test out the new Twydall delicacies.
It must be said that the walk home was around five minutes long and our fries were lukewarm by the time we arrived.
I don't think this can be blamed entirely on the cold English weather, but I will cut Uncle Bobs some slack as I didn't eat them immediately.
The cheese was a typical American style nacho cheese and was as you would expect. The plain fries could've used with some salt and we ended up adding this ourselves at home.
My one big issue with the meal was the fact that the fries accounted for at least two thirds of the plate.
It was very carb heavy and I would've preferred a bit more chicken and a smaller portion of the chips.
Speaking of the chicken, this was the highlight of the whole experience and Uncle Bob, whoever he is, really knows how to make a good chicken wing.
The barbecue flavour had heaps of sauce which made for a messy eating experience but was worth it for the incredible flavour.
They were spicier than I had anticipated and I would say they packed more of a punch than the peri-peri hot wings which had a higher spice rating on the menu.
With Nando's being the king of peri-peri in my humble opinion, these wings didn't quite live up to the grilled pepper flavour I love, but they were close.
The chicken was tender and juicy and there was plenty of meat on the two joint wings - they definitely lived up to the 'clucking cushty' slogan.
Although there were reasonably priced cakes on offer, to finish the meal we opted for the milkshakes which had mixed reviews on the Twydall Facebook community group.
I'm a big fan of a good old-fashioned strawberry shake and sadly this didn't quite have the flavour I hoped for, but that could just be my childish taste buds.
I prefer my milkshakes to taste sweet like ice cream but this was more of a milky smoothie with strawberry seeds coming up the straw with every mouthful.
The Oreo shake was average but could've done with fewer biscuits blended in as it was a bit lumpy at times.
Overall it was a varied experience, I would definitely go again for the chicken wings and would maybe share a portion of chips but would probably give the milkshakes a miss.
Ratings out of five
Food: Great wings but a very carb heavy meal with mediocre fries ***
Drink: Fresh milkshakes could do with being slightly sweeter for my taste **
Decor: Clean and modern with limited seating inside - counter was far too high ***
Staff: Extremely friendly, happy to share recommendations and explained cheaper way to order my food *****
Price: Slightly more expensive than a trip to McDonald's but certainly not overpriced ****