New Town Plaza probably isn’t your first choice for a dinner date locale but with the opening of Ruckus Fried Chicken a little while back, it’s stocks went soaring.
Hot on the heels of the trend in all things fried chicken being pumped out in Sydney and Melbourne by the likes of Belles Hot Chicken and Chicken Institute, Ruckus Fried Chicken serve a range of cuts with a choice of five coatings (herbs, hot, original, chipotle, and maple syrup) and a range of sides like haloumi, green beans and pickles. Vegetarians are also catered for with zucchini fritters, salads and a mushroom burger.
Eating with a three year old limits the choices a tiny bit, so we opted for the original coating with boneless nuggets ($9.50) and half a chicken ($18) with sides of slaw and chips ($5). A burger was hard to resist so we also added an original burger ($12) to our order too.
Like a better version of a famous chicken chain we all know, Ruckus was spot on – crunchy, full of flavour and not too oily. The burger was a standout with a super soft steamed bun and crunchy chicken.
Gluten free eaters can also get in on the action with the GF option and check out the burger special which changes weekly – their Instagram video reveals the upcoming flavour each week and how it’s made (@ ruckusfriedchicken).
The chicken is ethically sourced from Nichols and local ingredients feature heavily on the menu. Craft beer, homemade soda and natural wines round out the beverages menu, and you can now even order online to get a Ruckus fix.
Open from 12pm – 9pm daily
New Town Plaza, 1/1 Risdon Road, New Town