Extra Chicken Salt

Extra Chicken Salt

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Posted 2022-07-08 by Michael Genrichfollow

With a menu and a feel straight out of the 1970s, has been dishing up traditional takeaway comfort food late into the night since 2020. It's a bit of a chameleon. It's a takeaway chicken joint and rotisserie restaurant by day. Late at night, it becomes a discotheque and bar dishing out cool tunes, crazy cocktails, and hot chicken hero rolls and chips to a grateful clubbing crowd.


From the entrance on Currie Street, looks like a retro hole-in-the-wall chicken shop complete with pinball and video game machines. However, roll back the big fridge door to reveal a cool and casual restaurant and bar doused in warm fluoro tones - with wood, rattan, and vintage furniture dappled in flecks of reflected mirror ball light. The feel matches the food and the menu will look mighty familiar to Boomers and Gen X'ers. What's special here is that not only will these trusty teatime favourites exceed your expectations but they'll openly defy and dazzle them.


You might want to start with a hot chicken and gravy roll. Other starters include Aussie classics like a crumbed camembert or a kingfish ceviche-like dish. Grab some potato fritters, this time served with whipped cod roe for dipping. There's burgers and salads but the star of the show is the rotisserie. Order a half or whole chicken with all the trimmings – potato and gravy, thrice cooked chips, roast carrot, jus, and bearnaise. Other rotisserie meals include steak, duck, and pumpkin options. Vegetarians are well catered for; the rotisserie cauliflower salad does sound interesting. There's a wide range of sides to choose from including peas, baby cos leaves, roast potatoes, and cauliflower cheese.


We opted for a 'Feed Me Some' banquet menu and went with the flow. We were not disappointed. The kingfish 'ceviche' is a cool tower of small morsels of fish, blueberry, pickled mushroom, and truffle oil served with slices of toasted brioche. This was just the beginning of our mind-bending journey. The potato fritters are reminiscent of youth but cooked with about a thousand times more skill and care than your corner shop. Whoever thought of dipping them in whipped cod roe is a genius. We were also served hot chicken wings with a bitey green sauce which were totally old-school and delicious.


We surmised we were about halfway through the food when – BOOM – the roast chicken meal arrived. I reckon there's a bit more than half a roast chicken in delicious jus, a huge bowl of amazing chips (with plenty of those little crispy ones in there and you guessed it – extra chicken salt), outstandingly creamy mash with gravy, massive and mind-blowing roast carrots, a delicious bearnaise butter, and a big bowl of crunchy dressed cos leaves to refresh the palate from time to time. It was almost too much food – but we persevered because it is one of the best roast chicken meals we've ever eaten.


We just had to try a dessert and opted for pineapple fritters with lime caramel and lemon sorbet. Big rotisserie roasted pineapple pieces arrive as piping hot fritters with a dusting of sugar and garnish. The batter isn't oily and cloying like the everyday pineapple fritters and the sorbet balances out the rich pineapple and caramel. I'm going back to check if the Crème Brulé has the same masterful touch.


Being a bar and discotheque, has an extended drinks list with a strong focus on local wines, beers, and spirits along with an inventive range of cocktails, not forgetting it's 70s roots with classics like the fluffy duckling, negroni, and whisky sour.

We are actually going to have to go back to try and make sense of what happened the night we ate at . Modern met classic in a palate-provoking experience set in satisfyingly retro surroundings. There's a lot to compute.

I will say that being smack bang in the middle of the city, finding a park close to isn't easy but it's worth it. You could park in one of the car parks along Hindley Street and take a short walk up Peel Street. is at 38 Currie Street (on the corner of Peel Street) in the city. They're open Wednesday and Thursday for lunch from 12 to 3 pm and for dinner 5 to 9.30 pm. Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 2 am, and Sundays from 4pm to 9.30 pm. They also do take away.



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