Sydney: Belle’s Hot Chicken

I know that I’m slow off the mark to get to Tramshed at Harold Park. Let’s blame the broken ankle… But this week, I needed to have some post-Christmas catch-ups with my bestie and still days out from the new year, we went in search of fried chicken. Belle’s Hot Chicken to be exact.

For those of you as slow as me, the Tramshed is a little foodie heaven built into an old Tramshed at Harold Park (aka Glebe). It’s all individual restaurants with their own tables and waiters (a godsend while I’m non-weight baring) but all open planned so it still feels like one big space.

Belle’s Hot Chicken is located right by the entrance. When you come in, it’s fairly standard. One long bar and a few additional tables around.

Belle's Hot Chicken

Menus quickly arrived as well as bottles of tap water (very important on a 38 degree day).

Belle's Hot Chicken

Menu is pretty simple. Chose your type of chicken. Chose your heat of chicken. Chose a side. Away you go.

But what makes Belle’s Hot Chicken a little bit special is their natural wine list. Natural wine is starting to have a moment in Sydney. It’s a type of wine producing where nothing is added or removed during the wine making process so it’s completely natural. It’s not easy to make – one bottle can taste completely different to the next since there are no preservatives to stabilise the taste.

In my experience fried chicken goes well with champagne so that’s what we started with… a bottle of BK Sparkling Wine.

Belle's Hot Chicken

Now this sparkling looks more like cider because they haven’t removed any of the sediment but it is definitely sparkling wine. It’s got a wonderful fresh flavour and with only a little bit of fizz. It’s super refreshing and I thoroughly recommend it particularly if it’s hot.

Anyway, back to the chicken. Now my bestie isn’t a huge fan of the spice so we ordered the two mildest – wings with southern and tenders with medium – plus some slaw and fries.

The food took a little while but I was OK with that because it arrived pipping hot to the table.

We started with the tenders, which were cooler than the wings.

Belle's Hot Chicken

The tenders were delicious. The mild sauce was just warming enough and gorgeously stick on your fingers. The chicken was super crunchy on the outside and super juicy on the inside – absolutely perfect. The pickles were also really good with the smokey hot sauce.

The fries were good too. Nice crunch and I loved the seasoning on the outside.

After a tender or two, the chicken wings were cool enough to get stuck into…

Sydney: Belle's Hot Chicken

We went with Southern seasoning on the chicken wings (the mildest of them all). To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. It was a good fried chicken wing but it didn’t have the flavour punch that I was expecting. They need to up the seasoning on the Southern.

Coleslaw was pretty standard. It was good and refreshing but nothing to rave home about. But we did settle in wit’s another bottle of wine and a good gossip.

Overall, I really loved Belle’s Hot Chicken. I would recommend going for the the mild sauce (even if you aren’t good with spice) and the side are good and solid. Don’t miss out on the wine list because it’s amazing!

Can’t wait to sample what else the Tramshed has to offer…

Belle’s Hot Chicken

Tramsheds Harold Park

1 Dalgal Way

Forest Lodge

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