This summer, rotisserie obsessives the Reid brothers open their first venture, Rotorious, in Peckham. Named after their mission to serve up London’s most notoriously good chicken, Rotorious offers a global menu with classic cocktails, draft beer, and easy-going vibes.
The first bricks and mortar project from Peckham residents Adam and Sam Reid, Rotorious draws influence from around the world with French style slow spit-roasted rotisserie chicken and tropical spices. The menu is divided into mains, sides, and sauces, with prices starting at £7 for a Quarter Rotisserie Chicken and going to £21 for a Whole Rotisserie Chicken.
Dishes include Rotorious Fries, stacked with the venue’s signature rubbed rotisserie chicken off the bone, purple red cabbage slaw, spring onion, and coriander; Chicken Subs in a soft white sub roll; and a Chicken Salad Box with all the trimmings and avocado, mango, and pomegranate. All chickens are Norfolk Whites supplied locally by The Butcher’s Block and every dish is served with free spicy chicken gravy and homemade ‘Peckham Punisher’ pineapple and scotch bonnet hot sauce.
The cocktail list keeps it simple with all the classics, allowing diners to choose from a Negroni, Margarita, Passion Fruit Spritz or Aperol Spritz. Cool draft beers from Beavertown and a range of non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
Following the mantra that rotisserie is the best way to cook chicken, every bird cooked at Rotorious is self-basted throughout, resulting in the most succulent taste. But rather than going for classic French flavours, Adam and Sam have developed a signature rub which takes inspiration from tropical spices at the equator and marries them perfectly with the choice of sides. This provides the chicken with the juiciness of the cooking method turbo charged with the energy of the spice: a fusion that makes Rotorious’ food unique.
But it’s not only about chicken. Soon on the menu will be tangy porchetta and spiced lamb, all taking center stage in Rotorious’ open kitchen space and handmade rotisserie oven.
Passionate about the art of the rotisserie, Adam and Sam are inviting up and coming host chefs to get creative and take the oven for a spin trying out their own dishes. The string of chef residencies (details TBC) will combine the best of food and music and demonstrate that rotisserie cooking can be applied to multiple cuisines and foods.
Co-owner Adam Reid said:
“We have been doing rotisserie BBQs in the back garden for over ten years, honing our special rub mix, chicken gravy and hot sauce. Whenever people came over, they were always big fans of the food so it was a no-brainer to set up Rotorious as soon as we could.
“We are big fans of doing the simple things exceptionally well, and rotisserie is exactly that. We are excited to share our love of rotisserie with more people and can’t wait to get people trying our food”.
Rotorious’ 22-seat spot offers a communal vibe eating area shared with other eateries from Market Stalls. You can either book in advance from the Rotorious website to make sure you get a table or turn up and find a spare spot.
Rotorious is open from July 2022
Unit 10 Market Stalls, 133a Rye Lane, London SE15 4BQ
Opening times are:
Monday – lunch only
Tuesday to Sunday – lunch and dinner