Here at The Urban List, we’re clucken’ crazy about fried chicken, and for good reason. Juicy in the middle and crispy-coated, fried chook—when done well—is a beautiful thing. Yup, from Belle’s famous hot and saucy bird, to Mister Miyagi’s ‘MFC’, we’ve finger-licked our way across town in our never-ending quest for poultry perfection. And we think we’ve found another tasty bird in Brunswick East’s all-new fried chicken restaurant and takeaway, F.A.T. Fried & Tasty.
Perched on a Lygon Street corner, F.A.T. is a chilled-out, casual joint with hip hop vibes (by way of artwork and tunes), from the duo behind local Brunswick cafe Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind, cousins John Ioannou and Terrance Farrugia. The Sunday evening we visited, we kept company with an eclectic crowd of families, teens and full-grown hipsters with one thing in common: a thirst for some of Melbourne’s best fried chicken. And here you’ll find it in all its RSPCA-approved glory—served in dinky red baskets with pickles, alongside buttermilk waffles and maple syrup, or wedged in a burger or wrap.
It’s pretty simple at F.A.T. In addition to the chook, there’s a bunch of waistline-busting sides: chips, potato salad, gravy, poutine, chilli and garlic buttered corn-on-the-cob; a saintly chop salad (yawn); a handful of wines and trio of beers on tap; and four F.A.T. Shakes to slurp on.
My dinner buddy and I placed our order at the counter—a Brunswick Burger for me, Skinny Wrap for she (there’s also a cheekily-named Fake Breasts mock-chicken option), poutine, Melbourne Bitter and Apple Crumble shake to wash it down—then opted for a corner table for two, rather than the communal benches or booths in F.A.T.’s signature orange hue.
Our seats were barely warm before our meals arrived. Layered with cos, mayo, bbq sauce, crispy bacon, cheese and beetroot and served in an actual old-school bun (no brioche—hurrah!), the Brunswick was seriously tasty. Juice dripping down to my elbows tasty. My buddy loved her healthy grilled chicken and avo wrap too (yeah, I don’t know why she’s my friend either), and we made a healthy dint in the poutine (sorry arteries). The chunks of apple and crumble in the shake were delish, but I would have preferred it to be thicker in consistency.
In a nutshell, F.A.T. Fried & Tasty is a fun new Northside spot for quality fast food. And when you consider fried chicken is in their blood (John’s parents ran the iconic chicken shop in Lorne for 35 years), as well as a family-held spice recipe to rival the Colonel’s they just might have the recipe for success.
Image credit: Michelle Jarni for The Urban List