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Published November 15th 2015
Big flattened deep fried squid shapes
Cheers Cut Chatswood District
Cheers Cut at the District

Ever since reading the Weekend Notes article recently about Bomb Squid in Adelaide, I've wondered what a giant deep fried squid on a stick would taste like. So imagine my delight when, wandering through the District at Chatswood, I saw this?

Giant battered squid Cheers Cut
Big flattened battered pieces of squid or chicken - Yum!

Apparently, this little place has been here since March 2015, and is Taiwanese inspired. Just round the corner from the the more famous Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan, this little hole in the wall has no seating attached, and is pretty unprepossessing, but it does have giant flattened sea creatures to eat! It was lunchtime, there was virtually no queue, and I was hungry, so game on!

Things to note are that while this looks like a fast food joint, it's not particularly fast. As in, even though there was no queue, it took fifteen minutes from the time we placed the order to the time the order came out. Because they were frying it from scratch, I guess. Not a problem on most days, but something to note if you are in a rush.

Also, I was a bit stumped by the signage when ordering. There's a list of sauces/ flavours, which are divided into 'saucier' and 'crispier', and you're required to pick one to go with your order. How can a flavour be crispier? Ah, well, I picked the plum flavour, which was listed under 'crispier' and what that meant was that, rather than squirting an actual sauce all over my squid, they sprinkled a plum flavoured powder all over the squid, leaving the batter nice and crispy but still giving it a sweet plum flavouring.

Cheers Cut Chatswood District presentation
Simple presentation, not quite as imagined

When the order finally came through, I have to admit I was a little disappointed that the squid was not as depicted. They had packaged it into a little box, which meant that I didn't get a body with oodles of tentacles sticking out the sides. Also, it wasn't on a stick (and food always tastes better if it comes on a stick). Ah well, such is life.

Cheers Cut Squid Chatswood District
Squid all bundled into a box. Chicken looked a little more impressive

My husband ordered the chicken with sweet and sour sauce, and he thought it was very good - much tastier than KFC. He was a little grumpy that he got a bit of bone in it, which he didn't think was appropriate given it was supposed to be a chicken fillet. But he ate up every last bit and as their website brags, they do not use processed meat and the chicken is 100% single cut chicken breast meat.

Squid Cheers Cut The District Chatswood
Close up of the tender tasty squid

Flavour wise, I very much enjoyed the squid. The batter was crispy, the squid was tender, and it didn't taste too greasy or unhealthy. All up, the squid was just under a tenner, as was the chicken. If you are in the District looking for a quick bite to eat and you're not really in the mood for a full meal, this place is worth a gander.

While it doesn't have any seating attached, the food court seating overlooking the train line is nearby - so just head down the corridor towards the trainline, where you can sit and munch on squid while watching the trains pass by.

The District Food Court Chatswood
Free seating area in the District Food Court

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Why? Big pieces of deep fried squid
When: 10am - 9pm
Where: the District, Chatswood
Cost: A tenner will get you a big flattened deep fried thing
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