Belles Hot Chicken

Sydney food bloggers Xmas 2016 @ Belles Hot Chicken (Sydney CBD)

I’m happy to report that I made it to this year’s Sydney food bloggers Xmas celebrations. This is the second consecutive non-picnic #sfbxmas event, which means simpler organisation and logistics. It also means less pressure on people to come up with a new/impressive/delicious recipe to make.

Food bloggers

We met at Belles Hot Chicken in Barangaroo. Even though we got there early, we got caught in catching up with bloggers we knew and getting to know to the ones we didn’t and soon there was a long queue to order food.

Food bloggers

In the true spirit of Xmas food blogging, we ordered different stuff so that our cameras and tastebuds could enjoy some variety. But first, drinks. I was surprised to learn that these guys sell natural wines. I’ve been hearing about them for a while (since the owner of this company has been interviewed in many of the podcasts I listen to) but hadn’t had the pleasure of trying one until now. The hot weather called for a white, which was surprisingly good; cloudy, low in alcohol (or at least it seemed so) and well balanced. They have a couple of orange wines, too. Other drinks at the table included iced tea and bourbon.

Drinks

Food on our table included Belles chicken sandwich with Old Bay fries, fish with pickled vegetables, chicken tenders with broccoli almond salad, chicken and waffles, chicken ribs in peach BBQ with Carolina slaw, 1/2 dozen hot clams, chicken wings with Old Bay fries.

Food

May I rant first? I ordered the chicken because it was one of the two “meat” items labelled as gluten-free (the other “meat” is mushrooms). It came, like most of the other dishes, served on a slice of white bread. Seriously? The pickles were strong and good, although I found the turmeric flavour slightly overpowering. My favourite side, as usual, was the slaw, followed by the broccoli almond salad. Everyone seemed reasonably pleased with the food, especially with the chicken ribs.

Belles chicken sandwich, Old Bay fries

Belles chicken sandwich, Old Bay fries ($17)

Pickled vegetables, fish

Fish, pickled vegetables ($17)

Tenders, broccoli almond salad

Tenders, broccoli almond salad ($18)

Chicken & waffles

Chicken & waffles ($20)

Chicken ribs in peach BBQ, Carolina slaw

Chicken ribs in peach BBQ ($14), Carolina slaw ($5.5)

1/2 dozen hot clams

1/2 dozen hot clams ($15)

Wings, Old Bay fries

Wings, Old Bay fries ($17)

Of course this was more about the company than the food. It was great to catch up with (or at least say hello to) bloggers I haven’t seen in ages (hey Suze, Helen, Tammie, Sara, Simon and Raff, and to meet new foodie friends (hey Jesse and Alice!). Once again many thanks to Suze and Helen for organising!

Belles Hot Chicken
33 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo NSW 2000
(02) 8355 7879
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