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Gami's Chicken and Beer

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by Hannah Turner (subscribe)
A Melbourne newbie after years in London tasting my way around the city.
Published August 11th 2014
I remember when fried chicken was the sole preserve of drunken kids at 3am, jonesing for a greasy hit before staggering home to their parents' house/uni dorm/equally drunken hook up's bed. That or a Deep South mom's home cooking. Now fried chicken has become something of a destination dish, with shiny American diner-style restaurants vying for custom with Louisiana dives for the chicken-loving throngs.

This is all well and good, but it can be a little monotonous. And greasy. So while I am all for the occasional fried chicken hunt, it doesn't really rank in my top foody desires, so when my slightly chicken-obsessed friend suggested going to Gami chicken for dinner, I wasn't over the moon. But then he reeled me in with the addition of one word: Korean.

Gami didn't exactly wow me with the name, 'gammy' for me conjures up some poor lame old guy, but I was willing to look past that once I saw what the waitresses were carrying.

With its pretty basic surroundings - plastic tables and tube metal chairs - Gami chicken is almost the epitome of cheap eats. One could not have called it glamorous, but from the smells wafting across the room, it was surely going to be tasty.

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Gami's half/half

The menu is small, and yes, dominated by chicken, but then that is what you are here for. That and the beer, which was a very drinkable Gami house lager, served in plastic jugs. We ordered the half/half chicken, so a whole chicken with two different coatings. The original was the traditional crispy coating.

Golden brown with flecks of pepper and a hint of heat. It had just enough of an Asian twist to keep me interested. The chicken itself was fairly moist, although not the juiciest I had ever had.

The second half was the sweet soy garlic & spicy sauce, which was sticky and slightly hot. And delicious. It unfortunately did somewhat wipe out the ability to taste the original flavour chicken, but at that point, covered in sticky spicy tasty sauce, I didn't really care.

The shredded salad accompanying the chicken was covered in something very similar to ketchup and sweet mayonnaise; that was pretty disgusting. But the sweet pickle served as a side was delicious. I can't speak to the rest of the menu, but there were some interesting non-chicken items that I would try next time.

Gami isn't exactly haute cuisine, but for the price of both the chicken ($32 for a whole chicken) and the beer ($14.50 for a 1140ml jug) it qualifies as good, honest, reasonable food.

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Where: 100 Lt Lonsdale St , Melbourne , VIC, 3000
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