Rotisserie chicken brings to me some childhood memories, from the time we were going to the farmers' market on Sundays or when we passed by the butcher's section at the supermarket, our noses filled with the delicious and appetizing smell of the roasted bird. I love rotisserie chicken and could eat a whole one with some mayonnaise or simply by dipping the meat in the almighty juice.
So I was definitely excited when I discovered Poulette, a French-inspired rotisserie chicken place located on the upper part of Hell's Kitchen. I went there on a Saturday, for lunch, and was glad there was nobody yet. I immediately liked the setting: simple and clean decor, with white brick walls and exposed filament bulbs.
Menu wise, I was not sure what to get. First, I should mention that this is a place for the carnivores, the dishes made exclusively with chicken, although, if you are vegetarian, you can order some sides (ratatouille, quinoa and kale salad or string beans with mushrooms for instance). I definitely hesitated between a rotisserie chicken or the chicken sandwich that could have been called The French chicken sandwich, considering it was made with a baguette and an herbed aioli, two elements that would justify the name. So, I went for the sandwich, as well as some wings. The wings choice was trickier as I love buffalo wings, but need definitely the blue cheese sauce to soothe the heat of the sauce. At Poulette, they do not serve them with blue cheese sauce and you just have to take the heat...well, not me: I therefore went for the salt and pepper ones, not really motivated by the cayenne pepper or sesame glazed options.
After ordering at the counter, I picked a seat and my plate came few minutes later, containing both the sandwich and the wings. Looking at it, it had this rustic feel that is probably on purpose, transporting customers to a time when it was ok to eat without a fork and knife!
I began with the sandwich. The first bite of the chicken was disappointing: it was very dry.
Too bad because it looked very appetizing. It might have been better with smaller sizes of chicken smothered in the delicious aioli. As far as the wings were concerned, I was also very disappointed: I did not like the breading and the salt and pepper was overpowering, not being evenly spread out.
So, no, I did not enjoy this lunch that I was looking forward to. Would I go back to Poulette? Probably not...
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