October 23, 2018 Chicken, Melbourne No Comments

Belles Hot Chicken

When I meet new people, it can take a little while to reach a point of acclimatisation where the fact that I review restaurants is accommodated into everyday practice.

Or in English, people are nervous when recommending restaurants to me. They can also be nervous about cooking in their houses for me. This phase is soon passed when people get to know how broad my spectrum of appreciation is. That said, I remain a tough person to entirely please.

I hesitate to call Amy and Lee new friends as we have so many friends in common that there are many decades of collective friendship between us, but having met them properly for the first time in Gran Canaria earlier this year, I was delighted to have them as primary guides and compadres on the Melbourne end of my curious odyssey.

Given my still fragile state, the call for our first meal together was for fried chicken. I thought this a splendid suggestion. We headed up to Fitzroy to local favourite Belles Hot Chicken.

We were joined by friends Michelle and Anna.

At the weekend, Belles offers various lunchy brunchy deals. One of these seemed to offer your choice of chicken dish, waffles and bottomless bloody marys and/or prosecco for a total of $50. This seemed good to me.

The diner premises were very smart and service was on-point throughout. It had a fun, vibrant and completely welcoming atmosphere throughout.

First up was the vase – and continually replenishing vases – of bloody mary. I opted for the prosecco as I find bloody marys too much with food, but they were warmly received although considered brisk on the celery salt.

The main dishes soon arrived. The prevailing call was for tenders, which I assume meant boneless pieces, while I opted for wings. We all chose medium spicing on Lee and Amy’s advice.

The chicken, in a light and crisp batter, was beautifully moist with good, warming spice. The waffles were sweet with a crispness to the edges and a satisfyingly bubbled dough centre. This was accomplished cooking.

We ploughed our way through a good few vases and regular prosecco top-ups making this both a tasty and good value way to spend a Saturday lunchtime.

So overall, I really enjoyed all aspects of Belles Hot Chicken. It felt like a friendly diner that you would spend quite a good portion of your life eating in if you lived in this neighbourhood. I may well be back before my month in the city is done.

Scores
Blythe scores Belles
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

Today’s questers were: Amy, Anna, Michelle, Lee, Blythe

We ate: chicken n waffles

We drank: bloody marys, prosecco, water

We wore: four seasons active wear

Total bill: Lee paid, I think it was $250 for five chicken and bottomless drink brunches

Address: 150 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065

Written by BKR