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On a quest for Belles Hot Chicken in Sydney

Belle’s Hot Chicken, the Melbourne bastion of southern fried chicken and sweet iced tea, has proven very elusive to me so far here in Sydney. I missed their extended pop up in Barangaroo, and then couldn’t find them when I went to look after they had closed (hardly my fault since Google Maps, said they were still there and I couldn’t find anything that said otherwise). I also spotted an article that said Belles was opening a permanent shop in Barangaroo, but obviously that hadn’t happened yet when I was there.

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So I was very happy when I saw this ad in the local paper. If there’s one thing Sydney is good at, it’s converting and repurposing heritage buildings and a prime example is the Harold Park Tramsheds in Rozelle. As part of the redevelopment of the area, the old tramsheds have now been turned into what they’ve called a “European-style market space”, filled with cafes, restaurants and even a grocery store. It turns out that one of their tenants is Belles Hot Chicken – finally I’d get my chance to sample their goods.

Who's visiting us this weekend? ☀️ 📷>> @mistermilford

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My partner and I eagerly turned up at the Tramsheds on the opening weekend, ignoring the ominously dark storm clouds that were building up towards the South. We figured that we would be eating indoors anyway, blithely turning a blind eye to the increasingly likely chance that we would have to trek back to the car in the storm of the century.

Given that it was opening weekend, the Tramsheds was packed. Sydneysiders are foodies, and when there’s a cool new venue like this opening, we will flock to it like flies to a moths to a flame. We squeezed our way through the crowds, keeping an eye out for Belles Hot Chicken. Every single cafe and restaurant in there was packed. Probably the only real breathing space to be had was in the grocery store. After a circuit of the building, we found ourselves back out the front with no fried chicken in sight. Had we missed it?

Puzzled, we looked around for a map, but there was none to be found. Score zero for wayfinding. Luckily, there was a map online, so we pushed our way back into the madhouse, only to be faced with black walls around what was obviously still a construction site. Turns out Belles Hot Chicken was not yet open for business. Score minus one for false advertising.

So to date, my quest for Belles Hot Chicken has yet to succeed. But you know what? Thirsty Bird does some mean fried chicken too, and that’s exactly where we ended up for lunch that day. The food was so good I forgot to take a picture… but then again, there’s always Instagram.

@mrbirry with his dinner. #thirstybird #friedchicken #kingscross

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This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest.

Practical Information

Harold Park Tramsheds

1 Dalgal Way

Forest Lodge, NSW 2037

Open daily 7am – late

 

Thirsty Bird

Shop 3, 2 – 14 Bayswater Road

Potts Point, NSW 2011

Open 11.30am to late, Tuesday to Sunday

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2 comments on “On a quest for Belles Hot Chicken in Sydney

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