The Art Of fried Chicken, 320 Racecourse Road, Flemington.
The Art Of Fried Chicken has taken over two shopfronts that have long been empty since the days they housed two Asian eateries.
They – and the walkway between them that used to lead to the original Laksa King – have been turned into a single premises.
TAFC is a food truck operation putting down bricks-and-mortar roots, though I suspect the building as a whole is destined for development somewhere along the way.
It’s fitting, then, that this new fried chook joint has something of a makeshift vibe about it – less restaurant and more food-truck-without-wheels, with rudimentary seating.
That’s OK by us.
As well, we’re happy to give them some leeway in terms of assessment as we are visiting in the opening hours of their opening day.
Such is not ideal for CTS story purposes, of course, but that’s how the timing has worked out – post-Saturday morning kung fu, it’s been an easy and choice option.
Plus: We’re hungry.
We arrive about 12.20pm and are served quickly.
About 10 minutes later, the place is a whole lot more crowded; the word is out.
We ignore the opening day $1 wingettes and rib spcecials.
Of the menu listings (see below), we ignore those under the Things With Bread and the Chicken Without Bones headings.
Actually, we are bemused anyone would order the latter.
Why order breast when you can order Chicken With Bones?
Which is what we do.
What we get:
Three pieces of regular Art Of Chicken ($15, above photo).
Three pieces of Asian Hot Nashville Chicken ($16).
Mama’s Vietnamese slaw ($5.50).
And chips ($5.50).
It’s all pretty good.
Even the chunkier meat pieces are juicy (or at least not dry), though inevitably it’s the bone-dominated items that are the most tasty.
Bennie is disappointed at the mildness of the spice hit in the Nashville poultry, though the spicing appears to be a bit random, as the wing I have gives me a right nice glow.
He rates the chips highly.
Myself, not so much; they could, IMO, be hotter and less greasy.
(Just to re-iterate: This is opening day, so some leeway is in order.)
Perhaps best of all is the Viet slaw – it’s excellent.
If only more chicken places, of all kinds, took this route with their slaw offerings!
The Art Of Fried Chicken is destined to be a Flemo hit.
Will we return?
Check out the Art Of Fried Chicken website here.