Dr Morse Bar and Eatery

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274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Hollywood was with some friends for a farewell and little did he know that he was about to do another Melbourne Fried Chicken review. The joint is called Dr Morse Bar and Eatery. This bar is located in Abbotsford and is a good hang out joint on a chill weekend day.

We found fried chicken on the menu and had to order it but the experience wasnt that redeeming. The chicken pieces were chicken ribs which made them small in size and perfect size for a snack. Although the the chicken was fresh and steamy, the pieces were dry and unflavored which didnt really sit well and everyone agreed made the experience average.

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You should check out Dr Morse if you are in the area however do yourself a flavorful favor and skip the fried chicken. A few other friends got the burger and said it was really good so maybe give that a try.

Hollywood’s Rating: 4.5/10 Clucks

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Chick-In (with Guns and The Tan)

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Hollywood and co (The Tan and Guns) were up for some good old Melbourne Fried Chicken with beers for an epic Friday lunch, so they headed down the street from work towards Chick-In.

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Chick-In was recommended in some blogs and articles about the best that Melbourne Fried Chicken has to offer. It is Korean style chicken which is always good with some beer. The joint was packed and we had to wait a bit but finally landed some seats at the communal bar like tables.

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We placed 2 orders of the Gang Jung (1 soy and 1 spicy) and 1 spicy Korean Style Chicken Schnitzel with chips and 1 order of spicy Korean fried chicken wings and a jug of beer.

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Although the place had a funky decor, the chicken wasnt that great. The Gang Jung was similar to nuggets and while it seemed fresh it wasnt really spicy. The chicken taste wasnt that prominent and was covered in more of a sweet chili sauce which gave it more of a sweet taste which overpowered the whole experience. This was the same case for the wings and chicken schnitzel. The soy version had similar tastes but was a bit more saltier which made it seem better.

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Chick-In does boast some funky vibes but fails to deliver the much anticipated crispy crunch.

Hollywood’s Rating: 4.5/10 Clucks

Guests Rating: 4/10 Clucks

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The Local Taphouse

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Hollywood and The Chick were heading for a Foster The People gig in St Kilda and were keen for a hearty meal at one of Hollywood’s favorite bars, The Local Taphouse. Little did they know, they were up for a Melbourne Fried Chicken crispy adventure.

The Local Taphouse has been a beer institute and has been labeled as “the best beer bar in the land”. The Taphouse has wood panels and beer memorabilia that create a warm and welcoming traditional pub feel reminiscent of a vintage 1930s European beer tavern.

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We were surprised to find Southern Fried Chicken on their menu so we went for it alongside the 3 beef burger and the broccoli side and two cool beers (A pilsner and a wheat beer for The Chick).

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The burger came out as an above average pub burger that came with sinful fries. The broccoli was hot and crisp and just the right side of greens to satisfy The Chick’s healthy requirements.

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The chicken was surprisingly good. It was served in a bucket and consisted of 4 big chicken breast tender pieces that were crispy golden and very steamy, fresh and tasty. The chicken was lightly spiced however when dipped into the chili aioli came out with a lovely kick, yum!

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The Local is an amazing bar with amazing food that gets the stamp of approval from The Chicken Scene.

Hollywood’s Rating: 8/10 Clucks

The Chick’s Rating: 8.5/10 Clucks

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Homebrew – Rockwell Style

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After attending a master Melbourne Fried Chicken class held at our beloved Rockwell & Sons, we decided to roll our sleeves up and get our hands dirty with some fried chooks of our own.

We started off by brining the chicken. The brine was made of water, salt, thyme, rosemary, garlic, onion, lemon zest, peppercorns and chili flakes. The main ingredient here to take into consideration is the salt. It should be 60g of salt for each 1L of water. Besides that you can throw in whatever you want. Once all the ingredients are combined, bring the brine to boil and then let it cool down. Place in the cut up chicken into the mix and let it brine for 12 hours.

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Next part is the marinating the chicken. Simply cover the chicken pieces with buttermilk and hot sauce and let it marinate for 12 to 24 hours.

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Once done with that, we are ready to dredge and fry. We used peanut oil for the frying and the dredging flour mix contained flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt, ground black pepper, paprika, and chili powder.

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The buttermilk was used to dredge the chicken. The process was chicken into buttermilk, then seasoned flour, then buttermilk, then seasoned flour again then frying. The chicken should be fried for about 8-12 minutes depending on the size of the chicken

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We had so much chicken that we decided to throw a Melbourne Fried Chicken feast for our friends and whipped up some yummy Mac-n-Cheese and greens and viola! We present to you to awesomeness!

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Random Clucks #2

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We are still determined to bring you the latest clucks on the Melbourne Fried Chicken scene. We’ve been out and about and have this to report. Check out this big list of crispy cluckers!

Hot Star

We went back for the crispy fried chicken and it was amazing!

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 Taiwanese Pop Chicken at the Vic Night Market

This was a pleasant surprise, too shame it’s only on for the Vicky night market.

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MoVida At The Airport

This chicken was awesome, and out of all places it clucks at the Melbourne airport. Good stuff! Give it a go.

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Parlour Diner

Yep, they still got it. Greatly spiced chicken tender pieces accompanied by some great spicy sauce. Yummmy!

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Mookji Bar

This Korean joint on Lonsdale st failed to deliver a clucktastic experience. It was more of a miss than a hit for The Chicken Scene. They do offer a wider variety of dishes that might be worth the revisit.

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Rockwell and Sons

Last but not least, Rockwell and Sons never fails to deliver an amazing clucktastic Melbourne Fried Chicken feast!

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With Frying Colours!

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Frying Colours is located on Macaulay Road in Kensington, just a few blocks from the train station. We were led outside our normal Melbourne paddock by our good friend Miss Cruck who had heard they served a golden Fried Chicken that we had to savour.

We were a group of 6, so we enjoyed plenty of dishes from the cute little menu which was laid out by type of animal but that still packed more options than we could try in one sitting.

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The kimchi was served in little jars and not as spicy as we’d hoped. The dumplings were served up hot and fresh, a tasty pre-chicken morsel. The grilled meats were ok, the Super Spicy Cheesy Chicken Sizzle was addictive, but the Fried Chicken stole the show.

We ordered one plain and one sweet & spicy. Can you guess which one the Chick preferred?

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The fried chicken even came with a bucket; for the bones of course! The pieces were small, but not as small as some other Korean style we’d had. Hollywood found the quality of chicken good and they were fresh however lacked a bit of spices. The Chick found them to be more meaty than what she expected. Both Hollywood, The Chick & Co all agreed that the spicy sauce was phenomenal

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Overall, Frying Colors is a good place to get some crispy cluckers if you’re around that area

Hollywood’s Rating: 7/10

The Chick’s Rating: 8/10

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