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  • Elijah Quashie, 23, travels around London reviewing fried chicken restaurants
  • He praised Eden's Cottage in Finsbury Park, which now has people flocking to it
  • Mr Quashie gave the chicken 5 out of 5 and said he 'hadn't had a better wing'
  • Locals are now complaining that costs have been risen and they are priced out 

By Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline

Published: 04:43 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 05:20 EST, 17 February 2017

A chicken shop has risen its prices after being given a rave review by a YouTube star.

Elijah Quashie, 23, who calls himself 'The Chicken Connoisseur', rated the chicken wings at Eden's Cottage in Finsbury Park, London, five out of five in a review posted in November 2015. 

His series, called The Pengest Munch, has gained millions of views on YouTube.

Now locals have said they are being priced out of their favourite haunts after people flocked to the fast-food spot. 

Elijah Quashie, 23, who calls himself 'The Chicken Connoisseur', rated the chicken wings at Eden's Cottage in Finsbury Park, London, five out of five in a review posted in November 2015 Elijah Quashie, 23, who calls himself 'The Chicken Connoisseur', rated the chicken wings at Eden's Cottage in Finsbury Park, London, five out of five in a review posted in November 2015

Elijah Quashie, 23, who calls himself 'The Chicken Connoisseur', rated the chicken wings at Eden's Cottage in Finsbury Park, London, five out of five in a review posted in November 2015

Mr Quashie ordered a strip burger deal, which comes with a chicken burger, three spicy wings and fries, for £1.99 in November 2015 Mr Quashie ordered a strip burger deal, which comes with a chicken burger, three spicy wings and fries, for £1.99 in November 2015

Mr Quashie ordered a strip burger deal, which comes with a chicken burger, three spicy wings and fries, for £1.99 in November 2015

But locals have said they are frustrated that prices have increased after people flocked to the fast-food spot But locals have said they are frustrated that prices have increased after people flocked to the fast-food spot

But locals have said they are frustrated that prices have increased after people flocked to the fast-food spot

Pasquale D wrote on Twitter: 'Since pengest munch, fried chicken shops look like Vice articles. Happy for the bossmans but sad for the kids who rely on these spots...it's all that same bland middleclass irony hunting, poverty tourist clientele too.

'This new clientele go on like five holidays a year whereas places like Rowans and Edens were genuinely the only affordable havens for some kids.' (sic)

Another user, called Jonathan, wrote: 'The chicken connoisseur ruined great London chicken shops. Ok I said it', while Katie McGovern wrote: 'Chicken Connoisseur causin chicken inflation in these parts. Strip burger, 3 wings & chips @ Eden's now £2.49?!' 

In the video, The Chicken Connoisseur is seen reviewing the chicken and chips, and gave his meal high praising, saying he 'hadn't had a better wing' In the video, The Chicken Connoisseur is seen reviewing the chicken and chips, and gave his meal high praising, saying he 'hadn't had a better wing'

In the video, The Chicken Connoisseur is seen reviewing the chicken and chips, and gave his meal high praising, saying he 'hadn't had a better wing'

His videos have gained millions of views after Mr Quashie shot to fame in December last year His videos have gained millions of views after Mr Quashie shot to fame in December last year

His videos have gained millions of views after Mr Quashie shot to fame in December last year

Kanga Saran, who works at the takeaway, told the Evening Standard there had 'definitely been a change' since the video. 

He said: 'We have lots of new faces now and big queues.

'We hadn't changed the prices in five years so we re-did the menu and everything has gone up a little bit. I think we are more popular now because we got that good review, people from outside the area are coming to our shop.'

The meal sampled by Mr Quashie has increased from £1.99 to £2.49, while another deal, which included 10 chicken wings and two portions of fries for £2.99, is now available as five wings, one portion of fries and a soft drink for the same price.

But Pasquale D wrote on Twitter: 'Since pengest munch, fried chicken shops look like Vice articles. Happy for the bossmans but sad for the kids who rely on these spots...its all that same bland middleclass irony hunting, poverty tourist clientele too' (sic) But Pasquale D wrote on Twitter: 'Since pengest munch, fried chicken shops look like Vice articles. Happy for the bossmans but sad for the kids who rely on these spots...its all that same bland middleclass irony hunting, poverty tourist clientele too' (sic)

But Pasquale D wrote on Twitter: 'Since pengest munch, fried chicken shops look like Vice articles. Happy for the bossmans but sad for the kids who rely on these spots...its all that same bland middleclass irony hunting, poverty tourist clientele too' (sic)

In his review, Mr Quashie said the wings were 'quite spicy' and 'bossman was on point with the strip burger' In his review, Mr Quashie said the wings were 'quite spicy' and 'bossman was on point with the strip burger'

In his review, Mr Quashie said the wings were 'quite spicy' and 'bossman was on point with the strip burger'

Mr Quashie's reviews became popular in December last year after they attracted a legion of fans.

The expert describes himself as a 'a food critic for mandem who care to know what the finest chicken restaurants in London are and where to find them.' 

In his review for Eden's Cottage, Mr Quashie says: 'I come here every week, if I can.

'The wings were quite spicy. That crispy skin...the way man breaded that wing before he fried it, he knows his business. Five (out of five). I can't say i've had a better wing.

'Bossman was on point with the strip burger. The assembly wasn't 100 per cent there...the man did not go skimpy on the strips. He gave me four strips,

'Whole burger...4.5 out of five. It's a strong score for a strong burger.

'Chips were good. Not soggy. Out of five...i'd say four.'

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