Wingmans has been serving award winning chicken wings for years and recently opened a restaurant in Kilburn. Wingmans first got on our radar at the chicken wing festival in London last year, where their wings were one of our favourites and also a festival favourite. I don’t remember if they had a restaurant at that point, but we didn’t seek it out. But once we tried the incredible Bang Coq wings at Taste of London Festive Edition we immediately checked if they have a restaurant… they do.
Wingmans restaurant is in Kilburn, which is a rather unique location for a restaurant of its ilk. Wingmans wears the location and space very well though, and it’s really busy. We dined at wingmans on Sunday after visiting my dad for father’s day. It was fully booked and people kept coming. The service is incredible. The host who set our table and talked us through the menu seemed like one of the owners because he was incredibly knowledgeable everything Wingmans. Wingmans offers table service, but you have to go to the bar to order which is a tad different. It all fits into the laid-back vibe of the restaurant though.
We ordered Bang Coq, Jamaican’ Me Crazy and Shanghai Oriental wings.
The Shanghai Oriental was incredible. The wings were crispy but not overly fried. The sauce was a perfect blend oriental spices for a sweet and slightly spicy flavour. It was clearly the best of the three.
The Bang Coq was similar to Shanghai Oriental, but the wings weren’t as crispy and the balance of the sauce was not as perfect. It was just as delicious as we remember from Taste of London though, but the Shanghai Oriental is just banging.
We didn’t like the Jamaican’ Me Crazy. To be fair, the host told us that the wings weren’t as crispy because the sauce was very “wet”… but then we didn’t like the sauce either. It was spicy, but more sharp than indulgent heat.
The truffle mac and cheese with beef short rib hit the spot. It was perfectly cheesy, rich with truffle and well seasoned.
The fries… damn, I haven’t had better in years. But then I rarely have fries. Shiima, on the other hand, is a connoisseur of fries and she loved them too. It was fresh, not oily at all, and thickness was just right for crispiness on the outside and fluffy inside.
Wingmans is a superb chicken wing spot. It might be a bit out of the way for most, but it’s worth the trip. The wings are mostly delicious, the vibe is relaxed and the service is really good. Plus, it’s fairly priced. We recommend for lovers of chicken wings, relaxed dates, and a meal with friends, colleagues or family. Do try and reserve because it gets busy.
Cuisine: Chicken Wings
Dress Code: Casual
Shiima & Amen’s Star Dish: Shanghai Oriental
Price: Under £20pp
Rating: 4.7 out of 5
332 Kilburn High Road
Call to reserve 020 7624 7341