• Shannon Dawson

Fancy Fried Chicken & Waffles? Head to Big Birdy

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Big Birdy, formerly known as Little Birdy has been resurrected at its new location in High Street, Sai Ying Pun. As the new name suggests, the general theme has remained unchanged from its predecessor; however Little Birdy enthusiasts may recall some old favourites on the menu along with a vast selection of new comfort eats, as well as a fully stocked bar equipped with everything from Birdy beer to iced tea (normal or spiked). Shannon Dawson flocked to the newly-opened fried chicken joint to try a few of the cult favourites and a couple of newbies.

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Chicken is the name of the game


The venue is unassuming; minimalist with a splash of neon light shouting the word ‘Chicken’ at you in English and Cantonese which adds just the right amount of kitsch. The menu is extensive, but the friendly staff are there to guide you through the process. We begin with the Heisenberg, (a Little Birdy alumni) with a side of loaded fries. It’s easy to see why they brought the Heisenberg over—the buttermilk chicken is perfectly crispy with an appropriate slathering of melted American cheese and Peri Peri aioli. The Breaking Bad reference is also appreciated. 

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The loaded fries looked incredible, but sadly lacked the excess that I would’ve hoped for; only a sensible amount of melted cheese and a whisper of Peri Peri sauce. When it comes to loaded fries, too much cheese or sauce is never enough and this dish only left me wanting.

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Another old favourite along with the Heisenberg, was the Chicken and Waffles. This was not something I would normally order, but I was assured this is one of their best sellers, so I obliged. And I’m so glad that I did. Initially I was frugal with the maple syrup but by the end of it, I was free pouring that golden liquid over the buttermilk fried chicken like no tomorrow. 

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The Big Birdy


At the servers’ suggestion we also order a whole chicken, aptly called the ‘Big Birdy’. Served with a selection of Peri Peri sauces ranging from mild Lemon and Garlic all the way up to Insanely Hot. The grilled chicken tasted as tender and juicy as it looked, and we devoured as much of it as our full bellies would allow. We were kindly offered the remaining chicken to go, which was soon gobbled up by my partner who also gave it two thumbs up.

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Whilst Little Birdy has certainly grown up, their ethos around casual dining and simple, yet tasty fare has remained intact. From humble beginnings in Sheung Wan to a new and enticing concept at Sai Ying Pun, we’re certainly glad this chicken has crossed the road.