Belle’s Hot Chicken – The Captain’s Review

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As The Chick is currently overseas and building a repertoire of China Chicken joints to visit, Hollywood invited a rabble of guests (the Mad Macedonian, The SatMan, The Captain, Hollywood himself and Fidel) to Belles in Fitzroy to see how things were going in Melbourne Fried Chicken land.
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It was very busy when we arrived, the wait for a table was 15 minutes at least. We were offered a drink and the next door bar.
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The vibe was great. They were playing Saturday Night Fever on Vinyl! This made the Captain very happy.
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The Menu had everything you would want from a Chicken House
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We were all pretty hungry and wanted to get into the main course so we skipped snacks. We all ordered Tenders with sides. The big decision though was ‘how hot’. The Captain wanted to go all out but was talked out of it. Instead we all went HOT apart from The macedonian who can’t handle heat of any kind and went southern instead. We were told that ‘Hot’ had some bite, and it certainly did.
Sides ordered by the team were a picture of Old Bay Fries and Broccoli and Almond Salad. Food arrived within 10 minutes.
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Serving sizes were generous with 4-5 tenders of decent size accompanied by fresh pickles and your chosen side.
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The Chicken was both Hot (spicy) and served Hot (heat). The breading was not soggy at all, stayed on the chicken without falling off, and had a good amount of crispiness when eaten. The chicken was cooked fresh and was hot(heat) and moist. Mixed with the hot spice it was very tasty without being so hot that you felt uncomfortable. Hot (spicy) was Hot enough to make a nose run but not eyes as well.
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The fries were very crispy and tasty and served hot(heat) as with the chicken. No one went hungry.
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Hollywood had a dipping sauce to add to the overall experience. The menu had a number of sauces to choose from.
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The broccoli salad was tasty and complemented the meal well if you didn’t go for the fries.
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Surprisingly to the Captain, the chicken was served on a piece of white bread which absorbed excess Hot Sauce whilst leaving you the option to eat the bread also. Very Thoughtful.
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Overall the rabble of guest reviewers were very happy.

Recommendation:

Belles Hot Chicken doesn’t disappoint. Hot is Hot and don’t go any hotter unless you value tasting the Heat perhaps over tasting the chicken. Southern was reported as not Hot (spicy) but very appetising for those who can’t handle the heat. Fries were great, sides taken were all very good.

The Captains Rating: 9.5/10 Clucks
Hollywoods Rating: 9.5/10 Clucks

Address: 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC

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The Workers Club

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Hollywood had a gig at The Workers Club and noticed the menu boasted Fried Chicken Ribs. So he went for it to see how it ranks among Melbourne Fried Chicken. Check out the pics and verdict below:

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The chicken was OK and was spiced cajun style. It was freshly cooked and had a pile of herby spices on top which gave it a bit of a kick. The combination was good however for that part of town there might be better options around. Nonetheless it’s not a bad chook option that you can get at the Worker’s Club

Hollywood’s Rating: 5/10 Clucks

Address: 51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC

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Kappaya Kitchen

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Was time for some awesome Japanese style Melbourne Fried Chicken and we had such a great treat at Kappaya Japanase Soul Food in Abbotsford in the Convent.

We were there waiting to hear our friend perform and we decided to grab a bite. We found this cafe style place in the convent and it was boasting Japanese Soul Food!

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To our surprise we found tempura chicken, which we knew was called Karaage in Japan. So went with an order of that to share

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The chicken was covered in saucy mixture and was very juicy and fresh. The sauce mix did add more to the juiciness and the pieces were boneless and rather big, which made it good for sharing. The sauce was more like a batter sauce which made it a bit greasy and the side sauce did add a good taste. However overall the chicken wasnt top notch but we kinda recommend this place if you’re in the area.

Hollywood’s Rating: 6/10 Clucks

Address: 1 St Heliers Street,Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC

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JFC – Jordanian Fried Chicken (Champions and Crispy Chicken)

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Hollywood and the Chick were visiting Jordan and decided to sample some JFC to see how it compares to good ol’ Melbourne Fried Chicken. The chicken contenders were Cahmpions fried chicken burger and Crispy Chicken

Champions

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Crispy Chicken

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These JFC options were a bit more fast food style. They were OK but as a fast food meal but not the best to be had. Other options to be tried out in the future

Sweet Mother’s Kitchen – The Comeback with Big S

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Hollywood had another work trip scheduled to Wellington, only this time with his foodie friend Big S. Their first stop was to get a taste of Welly’s fried chicken to see how it compares to Melbourne Fried Chicken. Fortunately, Hollywood knew the big contenders from previous visits, and topping that contender list is Sweet Mother’s Kitchen

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We ended up sharing the burger and the chicken in the basket which came with curly fries and coleslaw.

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The burger was huge and a messy feast but we smashed it nonetheless

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Sweet Mother’s Kitchen has really amazing fried chicken that has a great crunch and full of spices. It is definitely on The Chicken Scene’s list for Wellington.

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Best Friends!