Location: VIC, Melbourne – Collingwood (other locations available)
I was catching up with an ex-colleague for lunch before going to the MCG to watch the 20th anniversary ANZAC Day clash between Essendon & Collingwood. We decided to meet at Huxtaburger which serves a variety of burgers but then decided to try something else and walked along Smith an Gertrude Streets before walking into Belle’s Night Lunch Diner. Obviously packing an American menu, the venue itself didn’t exactly resemble the old style diner but had a modern take on it I guess. After looking at the menu I chose the Southern Fried Chicken for $18, which also came with slaw and BBQ sauce.
There was a fair amount of chicken coated in a lovely crisp batter but lacking the Cajian style spice mix I was expecting. I did get a slightly sourish BBQ sauce to take a slight edge off the deep fried chicken, though I always thought BBQ sauce is a little sweet. The nice mound of slaw was interesting. A very dark colour but full of flavour, no rawness, still fresh, a bit of acidity. Pretty good meal for $18. My ex-work mate ordered the Jalapa burger which I had a small taste of. Unusually, the patty had shrunk but was thick. Really, the patty should cover the bun but there was a lot of bun around the patty. Fortunately, the bun was tasty, as too, the moist flavoursome and pinkish patty. From the small sample, seemed like a tasty burger.
Belle’s Food Review Summary
Verdict: Along Gertrude Street are a number of restaurants and we chose the American themed Belle’s Night Lunch Diner. I ordered the southern fried chicken which came with a decent serving, had a lovely light crisp batter but lacked the Caijin spice mix I was expecting. The slaw was really delicious though and the meal was filling. Nice service in a more modern styled diner in a relaxed atmosphere.
Belle’s Restaurant Details
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