Belle’s Hot Chicken (Windsor)

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As a (somewhat) fan of the Fitzroy original, I was happy to satisfy my Saturday post-ride hunger with a feed at Belle’s newest outlet in Windsor. I knew that the chicken sandwich was a real signature of this place, so that was the only way to go.

Despite the slightly odd-looking oblong shaped bun, it was a thing of beauty. The chicken is almost unnaturally crisp, despite being dipped in some spicy concoction post-fryer. The whole thing was a beautiful balance of ingredients to form an amalgamation of deliciousness that is a true thing of beauty.

Somewhat disappointingly, there is no option to come in here and just get the sandwich. At $17, you might be relieved that there is a side included with the sandwich. However, I would prefer they were forced to try and upsell me to that option. For dinner, that quantity of food might be appropriate. But, at lunch I am not convinced. I left with food uneaten on my plate, which is unusual for me! Now, I know that to make a hospitality establishment work financially, you need some strategy to maximise the spend per head. But ultimately I think this requirement will see me visit here less. No doubt they have a popular following, so can dictate terms to a certain extent (not full on a Sunday at lunch though). Still a gripe for me.

As per my last Belle’s visit, I am still disappointed in the beer selection. Nothing particularly crafty here, and the whole Melbourne Bitter thing makes no sense to me. (I do understand that hipster thing; and it’s equivalence to Pabst Blue Ribbon, but drinking a beer because it is cool, rather than tastes good is just plain stupid). Sadly, I do know people who think that this is a perfectly acceptable beer for drinking, although they would likely do a massive double-take at the stupid prices some places try to charge for this now popular beverage. In the end, I was not wanting beer on this trip, so the beer thing really didn’t annoy me too much.

A cool place. Totally hipster, but perhaps not when it becomes a formula that is transported south, and then south again. Working it’s way from Fitzroy, to Richmond, to Windsor. Perhaps there is a good chance this will be coming to a shopping centre near you? Congratulations on your success. Despite the obvious question: is it still cool when it becomes too popular, I don’t really care. The food is good. Really good. I might complain, but I will keep coming back for this chicken.

Belles Hot Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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