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Clockjack Oven Rotisserie Restaurant @ Denman Street, Soho

ロンドンに住む人に、お気に入りのチキン料理レストランを聞いたら、恐らく多くの人が、ケンタッキー・フライド・チキンではなく、ポルトガル/モザンビーク風ピリピリ・チキンで有名な南アフリカのチェーン・Nando’sと答えるだろう。でもチェーンではなく、もう少し気の利いた場所でチキンを味わいたいなら、ピカデリー・サーカス近くにあるClockjack Ovenへ。

Clock jackと呼ばれる肉焼き串まわし器(2枚目の写真のカウンターの後ろにちらっと見える)が由来のClockjack Ovenは、ほぼ鶏づくし(メニュー)。フランス・ブルターニュ地方の小規模養鶏組合から仕入れた放し飼いの鶏を、自家製レシピのマリネで味付け。名物のロティサリー(rotisserie / 回転焼き)・ローストチキンは、小・中・大のサイズがあり、4種類から選べる自家製ソース(ranch、barbecue、chilli、Caesar)でいただく(詳細はメニュー参照)。


When you ask people in London what is their favorite chicken restaurant, many would say Nando’s, South African chain known for its Portuguese-Mozambican flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, more than Kentucky Fried Chicken. But if you prefer an independent restaurant but not chain, you may want to try Clockjack Oven in SOHO near Piccadilly Circus.

Named after their clock jack spit roasting machine (behind the counter in the 2nd photo), Clockjack Oven is all about chicken (menu). Their free range chickens are sourced from a small farming co-operative in Brittany, France, and are flavoured with a simple marinade made from their own recipe. Available in different sizes, their rotisserie roasted chicken is served with one (or more if you like) of four house sauces: ranch, barbecue, chilli, and Caesar (see menu for details).

Nice place, friendly staffs, and delicious chicken and sauces (I like two creamy ones, ranch and Caesar), but we ordered whole chicken with 10 pieces, which was a bit too much for the same taste. It would have been smarter to order smaller portion of those, combining with other varieties of chicken and side dishes…

Whole Rotisserie Roasted Chicken (10 pieces) £18.95 / Caesar salad £3.95 / Double cooked chips £2.95


Gauguin: Maker of Myth @ Tate Modern

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A French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin’s large scale exhibition “Gauguin“, exhibiting his works from around the world, runs at the Tate Modern from September 30 until January 16, 2011.

Gauguin left his job as a stockbroker and his family in his wife’s native Copenhagen, and became a full-time painter in Paris, after he began painting in his free time.  He is famous for his colorful and exotic images of women in Tahiti, to where he escaped from European civilization, but the exhibition also shows a variety of works such as paintings of Brittany where he frequently visited the artist colony of Pont-Aven, religious paintings, self-portraits, and wood carvings.

Gauguin is sometimes called as a colonialist, a sexist, or even a pedophilia because he painted naked or half-naked young Tahitian girls as his favorite motif. He was also condemned that he had sexual relationship with Tahitian girls knowing that he got infected syphilis while he was in paris. It is terrible that he took a risk to infect these innocent girls, but other criticisms are a bit too harsh on him, as there was no concept that “pedophilia is bad” nor human right of a colonial among colonizers at that time he lived through.

The exhibition opens with a fanfare as a blockbuster of this year, but I was a bit disappointed because the exhibition includes many unimpressive works such as mere quick drawings and wood carvings which are rather boring without his signature colors and Polynesian would probably do better that kind of wood carvings than him. As the Daily Telegraph’s art critique mentions the risk of hanging Gauguin’s works thematically instead of chronologically, that makes it difficult for anyone who are not particularly familiar with his works to follow his stylistic development (article), the exhibition was a bit confusing for me to connect his life stage and artistic history to his actual works in front of me.

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