The Que Club has always been high on the Melbourne Fried Chicken scene ever since we tried their smoked, then fried Nashville style chicken burger. So we were extremely delighted to get the invitation from them for an in-depth behind the scenes review of how they make their famous fried chicken burger.
We spoke to the head chef on how they make it with care, spices, love and the best ingredients available.
It all starts with the chicken being high quality free range organic from Inglewood Farms. Que Club makes their burger using chicken thighs. They are coated in a mixture of 3 types of flour with spices and dredged in buttermilk before they are fried. The spices used here are Nashville style, so think of cayenne and smoked paprika.
After they are fried they are coated with a thick rapeseed oil and spice mixture to give it an extra kick. The buns used are brioche (which sits really well with Hollywood) and they are accompanied on both sides with a generous amount of housemade aioli. The chicken ends up sitting on some lettuce and pickles and is topped with slightly melted cheese
Although this wasn’t the smoked, then fried, chicken burger it was still truly amazing. The blend of freshly cooked chicken with spices, cheese and sauces was a fabulous fried chicken messy feast that is just to die for.
We chatted a bit to Pam, the owner, and she explained to us how the Que Club started and how their vision transformed into what the place is today. The philosophy is that all the food they serve has touched fire or smoke at some point.
We were still a bit peckish and decided we couldn’t leave without having some of their smoked brisket. We went for the famous brisket burger which was some of the best brisket we’ve had. It was fall apart melt in your mouth and the way this burger is made with a special cooked slaw really makes the meat shine.
We have great admiration for what the Que Club does and cannot recommend giving them a visit enough. Pretty much everything we’ve had here is top notch and carefully thought of and delivered with excellence. Do yourself a favour, go now!