Hello, and good afternoon my Soldiers, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Bearded Captain, leader of all Beards, flag bearer of all Beards on digital and digital broadcasting media… I hope you’re well, in good health and looking after yourselves +your Beards.
My Brothers, we need to talk about an important issue in the life of a Beard, and that’s chicken burgers. My Bearded Kings, you know I like chicken burgers, and I have tried many of Manchester’s finest. Of course, there are many still to try, but one which I have tried was shakebees.
One of the newer kids on the chicken shop block, for the chicken burger aficionado, ‘s amongst you think, Philly’s feel to it (the way the seating is), but very much emphasises the bee part of its name.
Situated on Stockport Road, the location is one of the more prominent food places in the city, back to the new kid Shakebee now. Many won’t know, but they have a bit of a back story as the owner reportedly used to work in nearby Miami Fried Chicken, only to go off and start his own.
Those who were not aware of such a tale would not why Shakebee and Miami taste identical, and if true, this would indeed explain it. As for the burger and meal itself, it was very tasty, nice and succulent, which is to be expected from a staple of the Manchester food scene.
Manchester, the third biggest/major city in England is, of course, famous for its football teams its culture, its mill factories towards the middle of the 20th century and now in the 21st century is the place to go for spicy chicken burgers.
Shakebee is one of those places. The burger was well sized and had the chicken fillet hanging over the bun, which is a massive plus for me. The burger itself was well toasted, not too toasted it tasted like toast, but toasted enough that my burger was soft enough to appreciate the full texture of the bun.
The fillet itself which was dipped in the signature spicy sauce was delightful. Not too spicy, but the spice had a very nice distinctive kick, a kick I am familiar with. As I wrote earlier in this piece, that reportedly the Miami employee, has gone on to open his own chicken shop, Shakebee, you can tell if true of course that the spice is Miami inspired.
Which is the only downside to it. The chips were good in quantity and quality too. The chips had the red salt sprinkled all over them and were well cut and fried too as I could taste crunchy chips, but not too crunchy.
Shakebee was good, but it’s not a chicken shop that’s ruffled a few feathers. Miami (from where I have tasted are still the masters of the spicy chicken burger in Manchester), the worker from Miami (if true) has only gone and made a Miami 2.0, it’s not as revolutionary as you might think.
This is my view, but what do you think?
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