TheCanberra5 Fried Chicken

There is a reason that Fried Chicken is so popular all around the world. Chickens are just about everywhere and super tasty, especially when fried and transformed into tasty, tasty goodness. So here are 5 fantastic Canberra versions that won’t leave you peckish!

5. Soul Cartel, 6 Farr Place, Isaacs ACT 2607.

Popping!

I ordered the Popcorn Chicken for the kids, without really thinking I would be writing about it. But then I saw it, and as you can see, they look great! They were golden and crunchy, covered in ranch sauce, cheese and chives- which combined into a mouth-watering snack for any occasion! With so many good options at the Farrside Cafe, we will be back to try more.

4. Fricken, Pop-up Food Truck, Canberra ACT 2600.

Something to waffle about …

Straight out of the gate, I am going to say that the name is great and so is the chicken. Kind of obvious really, it wouldn’t be on this list if it wasn’t! Who would have thought that waffle cones and fried chicken were such an amazing combination? Not me, but what do I know! Great name, great chicken- great combo!

3. The Café at Rodneys, 24 Beltana Road, Piallago ACT 2609.

The secret spicy sauce is amaze-balls!

I love coming to The Café, the relaxed atmosphere and playground make it a regular haunt for us. I also have to admit that I order the same thing every time. If you want to try a Korean Fried Chicken that is golden and crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, this is the place to come. The tangy secret chilli sauce is delicious, but be warned- it has a little kick.

2. Lazy-Su, 1/9 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612.

A delicious fusion of flavours.

I came in for a midday lunch and found great value and satisfaction. It doesn’t get more fused than a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Bao-gur, with peanut sauce and American Cheese. Once ordered, there were no regrets. This is going on my Braddon food memory list. There is also a substantial cocktail list that needs exploring at some stage, too!

1. Ricardos Cafe, 1/1 Bowman St, Macquarie ACT 2614.

Bacon and fried chicken- the perfect combo.

Boy oh boy, what a cracker! I absolutely loved this fusion burger! I am so totally sold on this fusion that I feel a top 5 fusion dishes coming on. I am a firm believer that everything is better with bacon, and this Korean Fried Chicken Burger is definitely no exception. It is, in fact, so good that I want to move to Belconnen to be closer to it.

Go check them out- these 5 Fried Chicken dishes are sure to ruffle some Canberran feathers!

Happy Eating, Happy Canberra!
-Miguel

5 Reasons to Check Out the Beef and Barley High Tea!

Burgers and High Tea?  It’s a unique pairing, with a masculine twist.  Naturally, we were intrigued when we heard of this new offering from Beef and Barley.

TheCanberra5 put on our best stretchy pants and made our way to Kingston to indulge in the meatiest of High Teas.  Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Check Out the Beef and Barley High Tea …

5.  Halloumi Bites.

Halloumi Bites- cheesy goodness!

These delicious morsels are the stuff of cheesy dreams.  With the right amount of salty flavour, they make a nice balance to a meaty meal.  Our tip is to eat them first, Halloumi is always better hot!

4.  The Drinks.

Beer and Bubbles.

A glass of bubbly or schooner of beer accompanies the meal.  If you’re serious about settling in for a session, an additional cost of $20 each will see your drinks become bottomless!*  That’s my kinda High Tea!

3.  Dessert.

Brownies, macarons & popcorn- oh my!

Every meal should be followed by dessert, and a delicious selection of sweet treats accompanies this burger fest.  These little bites of sweetness were perfect for the drop in blood sugar levels- which occurred after eating enough beer battered chips to fill the Tuggeranong Valley.  Speaking of chips …

2.  The Chips.

Amazing!

Crispy on the outside, piping hot and fluffy on the inside.  The chips almost deserve their own High Tea.  Seriously, these were some of the best we’ve ever had!  With a few secret spices thrown in, the beer battered chips have been on my mind ever since!

1.  The Burgers.

Beef and Barley sliders … delicious!

The number 1 spot on our Top 5 list goes to the feature item- the burgers.  Each Burger High Tea participant receives two sliders- the pulled pork “Miss Piggy” and the beef “Uncle Sam”.  Flavoursome, filling and just damn tasty. Miss Piggy may just have pipped Uncle Sam at the post. It definitely came down to a photo finish!

Another delicious item from the Burger High Tea- Guindilla pepper wrapped in prosciutto.


A massive High Five to the Beef and Barley crew for this fun and innovative concept.  It’s certainly bringing in the crowds, attested by the number of patrons we saw indulging in Burger High Teas.

Beef and Barley- proving Burgers and High Tea is a marriage made in burger heaven.

Burger High Tea $40 pp, minimum two people.  Beef and Barley, Kingston Foreshore, Kingston. Ph: 0261993366.  Bookings preferred.
*Conditions apply.

 

5 Great Canberra Burgers, in no particular order.

(With a countdown for dramatic effect)


I am going to have to start by saying that this is not the ultimate Top 5 Canberra Burgers list, but more of a good start. With so many good burgers around town, this is clearly a work in progress!

Number 5. The Mookie Deluxe Burger at Mookie. $15

Mookie – Genge St, Canberra City.

The Mookie Deluxe Burger comes with additional options, and needless to say, I added maple smoked bacon and pickles to this already delicious fusion burger. It appears simple, but it is anything but. The fusion is all in that secret Mookie sauce, which was extraordinary. The 100% Angus hormone-free beef is ground daily and hand massaged to deliver the perfect fat percentage every time.

Let there be no doubt- I will be going back for this simple, but super tasty burger.

Menu listing:
100% pure grass-fed black Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese & Mookie sauce.
Mookie Deluxe: Add maple smoked bacon & pickles for $3.

Number 4. Cheeseburger at Ona Manuka. $21

Ona Manuka – The Lawns, Manuka.

This is one super delicious cheeseburger and has a well-deserved place on my list as one of the best burgers on the menu in Canberra at the moment. Every element was fantastic- a whopping great big juicy patty with plenty of cheese, amazing pickled onions, covered in bacon jam, and house-made BBQ sauce.

Overall, I was left speechless, full and very impressed! Thanks, guys.  Side note: the fries were super crunchy and delicious.

Menu Listing:
CHEESEBURGER GF-O 21 beef patty, cheddar, zuni pickled onions, bacon Jam, house-made barbecue sauce, cress, fries.

Number 3. Greasy at Grease Monkey. $15                                 

Grease Monkey – Lonsdale St, Braddon.

I love going to this place. Their Greasy (or Double Deluxe) is one of my go-to burgers when I am in the city. The extra tasty Greasy’s sauce and GM relish transform a simple juicy cheeseburger into a smashing feast for one.

Wash it down with a Greasy lager and you are onto a truly winning combo!

Menu Listing:
Greasy- Beef patty, lettuce, cheese, onion, pickles, GM relish, Greasy’s sauce (GF*).

Number 2. Brod Burger at Brodburger. $14.50

BrodBurger – Capital Brewing Co. Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.

From the original red caravan down by the lake, now based out at Capital Breweries, I was trying to keep with a cheeseburger theme, so I grabbed a Brod burger with the cheddar option. The bread was soft, the cheese was cheesy and the aioli-topped flame-grilled burger was juicy and tender. Everything was as it was meant to be, and I was a happy chappy.

Next time, I will be going back to my old favourite- the brie- just to make it even richer!

Number 1. Cheesy Americano at Boss Burger. $13

Boss Burger – Blackall St, Barton.

This new kid on the block won’t stay that way for long! The food truck is parked in the carpark on Blackall St in Barton, which is pretty good for all those public servants who know “what is what” with their burgers. The chef behind this truck hails from a wealth of Sydney fine dining experience and is all about packing flavour into his menu. The Cheesy Americano was spectacular, with its American pickles flown in from Detroit, super smokey bacon and that homemade mustard mayo. Definitely one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.

Side note: I hear they have a new Lamb tzatziki burger coming out, and I will absolutely be getting down there to taste that baby!

Now if your favourite burger isn’t here on our list- do not panic, do not despair. I know there has to be another list of amazing burgers. I’ve heard too much about some other burgers that I need to give a good hot go! And also- who am I kidding? I will always want to try new burgers!

Happy eating.
-Miguel