Chicken For Lunch

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10060 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

 

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Chicken For Lunch for the first time. There’s a lot of buzz about this place, or well, there used to be for a while, and they still do have quite the following. It’s located in the basement of the Scotia building, in a small food court.

There’s quite a bit of backstory that goes along this restaurant (all googleable), but the gist of it is that it’s a long standing family-owned restaurant, who also own The Lingnan, and The Lingnan Express in St. Albert. The Lingnan always has a booth at Taste of Edmonton, where you can give their dry spicy chicken a try!

It’s open from 6:30 AM to 1:30 AM, so you can get it for breakfast or lunch. The line up for lunch gets quite backed up, so I’d recommend trying to skip the rush if you can and go a little bit before noon.

To be completely honest, I was a bit overwhelmed by my first experience. There’s so many “options” listed on their menu, and on the back, but when got to the front, I was only given the option of hot spicy I wanted my chicken. It seems like everyone gets the combination, which comes with rice, noodles, and a spring roll. I ordered two mild chickens and a spicy one since I was picking up lunch for my friend, Jamie.

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There were different noodles in each box, even though we essentially ordered the same thing, and there seems to be some poor QC/QA. I know they were just trying to pump out as many customers as possible because the lunch rush was starting to form behind me, but I still would have liked to have been able to customize my order a little bit. They have a bunch of premade boxes with rice and noodles in the back so that they can just pump and dump a bunch of chicken in and move you along. I might considering coming back at an odd time like 9 or 10 just to see what else I can get.

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As for the meal itself, it was decent. Not the best westernized-chinese food I’ve had, but not the worse. For the price you pay (~$9), it’s definitely a pretty good portion. I liked that the rice wasn’t too oily, and the noodles were quite good as well. The springroll was a nice bonus, but nothing amazing either. I would say, that it’s a great lunch alternative if you live in the area, but for myself, it’s not super convenient to get to. If you’re there, and haven’t tried it, it’s a good place to try just for the novelty.

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