Featured Dish: Chicken & Waffles, Belle's Hot Chicken

6/15/2017 11:42:00 AM

It's been over two years since I did one of these "Featured Dish" posts, but it was totally worth bringing the format out of retirement for...

Chicken & Waffles, $20, Belle's Hot Chicken

Chicken & Waffles, Belle's Hot Chicken
Waffles with hot chicken wings

I'm sure you already know the deal with Belle's Hot Chicken - Nashville-style fried chicken right here in Melbourne, and now Sydney. Pick your cut (tenders, drumsticks, wings, or fish/mushrooms), pick your heat (all the way from "Southern" mild to "Really F**kin Hot"), and pick a side (chips, mac and cheese, coleslaw etc.) Boom!

On weekend lunchtimes, however, they also do chicken and waffles. These are my new favourite thing!

The chicken here is great - all juicy and delicious, with a crisp exterior and addictive sauce. I go for the "hot" basting - which is about the equivalent of a Nando's extra hot, and I like the wing the best, for maximum flavoursome succulence and crunch. However, I've also had the waffles with tenders, as they're easier to manage with cutlery. On non-waffle visits, I like the chips as a side. And no matter what the side, I always get blue cheese sauce. (And yes, this means I've been to Belle's a bunch of times, and I've had the chicken and waffles more than once).

Chicken & Waffles, Belle's Hot Chicken
Waffles with hot chicken tenders

However, whilst the chicken is great, for me, the star of the show is those waffles. They're literally the best waffles I have ever had. Just give me a pile of those waffles and some maple syrup, and I'd be a happy lady. They're super light and fluffy, with a lightly crisp exterior and deep ridges for excellent maple-syrup pooling potential. I have never bought or made a waffle as good as the ones at Belle's. I wish I had the recipe! (PS if you have a favourite recipe for light-and-fluffy-but-still-delicately-crisp waffles, hit me up in the comments).

Let's finish with a few more photos of dem waffles.

Waffle close-up


Funnily enough, the first time I tried these, I was super hungry and the kitchen was taking aaages with the food. We literally sat there for 45 minutes waiting for lunch. I tried to play it cool, but I hate waiting for food, and I kept thinking: "these better be the best damn chicken and waffles I've ever had!" Turns out that they were! Woohoo!

Belle's Hot Chicken
107 Swan St
Richmond, VIC 3121
Ph: 0401 247 032
Belle's Hot Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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  1. Wow best waffles ever? That's fantastic! :D I hope they have this at the Sydney one :D

    1. Anonymous7:07 PM

      They do. Weekend lunch at Circular Quay.



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