The street food brand is opening its first bricks-and-mortar site in Carnaby

After smashing at both KERB’s Seven Dials Market and Camden Market, street food biz El Pollote, best known for its Latino fried chicken, is opening its own permanent restaurant in Carnaby, taking over the old Mamma Pastrama site. Founders Katherine and Rotsen first hit the city’s street food scene with Venezuelan arepa stall Petare in 2014, before launching El Pollote as a spin-off concept. Their fried chicken was so popular – winning KERB’s Bucket List competition two years in a row – that it earned them a spot inside Seven Dials Market in 2019, and now the pair are ready to spread their wings even more.

The 40-seater spot in Carnaby will serve up the brand’s signature fried chicken, as wings or boneless pieces, with sauces like guava glaze & habanero mayo, buffanero & queso fresco, and papelon con limon. The menu will also feature a range of sandwiches and burgers, alongside small plates like:

  • arroz maria de noche (rice, plantain & fried egg)
  • yuca fries
  • tequeños de jojoto
  • arepas de chicharrón
  • cinco leches cake
  • churros

As well as a 20-seat terrace, El Pollote will also have a downstairs cocktail bar, where you’ll be able to get local craft beers and cocktails like the La Palmita (gin, chamomile, lemon & guava), the Lindura (rum, Campari, mango, pineapple, lemon & vanilla) and the Pollote Sour (pisco, tamarindo, lime, sugar syrup, egg white & bitters). Fried chicken fans, get this on your list pronto.

Opens Tues 13th June 2023
13 Ganton Street, London, W1F 9BL