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Gluten Free Chicken Goodness at Clutch, Hackney

Free-range fried fowl – hold the gluten.   Clutch, which we’ve just learnt can refer to a group of female chickens, is a fitting name for this East End restaurant, which serves all things chicken (and sides). Of course fried chicken is usually a no-no due to it always being slathered in that ungodly gluten, but at Clutch all is not lost! You can get gluten free chicken tenders (boneless pieces of chicken) in two different flavours. If you’re gluten-intolerant and not a coeliac you may be ok with the sweet soy garlic tenders, which contain small amounts of gluten from the soy sauce, but if you’re coeliac your choice is lemon and parmesan – this flavour is totally gluten free and so tasty. Clutch uses free-range poultry, each limb is firm and succulent (no bingo wings here). Portions are enormous; there are sides, such as double-cooked fries and a few salads, but you won’t need those! This is not refined or subtle cooking, it’s the kind that goes brilliantly with a beverage or three …

Brunch at Kopapa, Covent Garden

Kopapa is the latest offering from Peter Gordon of Providores (‘the godfather of fusion cookery’). Kiwi chef and co-owner Gordon has combined Asian, Middle Eastern, European and American ingredients in his unusual and oh so trendy menu. Everything at Kopapa is served with a twist, as you would expect when dining with the godfather of fusion, well everything except for the burger which looked pretty ordinary to me I must say… The restaurant has received widespread commendation, applause and the like from food critics and bloggers so I thought I’d try it out for Sunday brunch – one of its apparent specialities. The restaurant is on busy Monmouth Street so is unsurprisingly swarming with people, like little bees they are, all gobbling up their brunches and chat chatting away. The atmosphere is fun but very loud (not advisable for hangovers), and the decor left a little to be desired. A gleaming brass bar along one side looked inviting and elegant, yet the layout of the rest of the restaurant was somewhat canteen-esque with tables arranged …