The Hot Chicken Project | Restaurant | Geelong | Victoria Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

The Hot Chicken Project Heart
Restaurants and bars
Victoria country
Open: Tue - Sun
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +61 3 5221 9831
Address: 84a Little Malop Street
Geelong, Victoria, 3220
Country: Australia

The Hot Chicken Project sees the return of talented chef Aaron Turner to Geelong where he and his partners Kate and Nathan Veach and Nathan Johnston have created a delightful space in the emerging Little Malop St precinct close to the Cartel Brew Bar. You walk into a white-walled space with a huge copper-topped bar with black metal stools running down one side and small tables for two down the other. There is an open, white-tiled kitchen at the end where the chefs ply their trade. Large lights enclosed in glass spheres hover over the smiling staff behind the bar.
The food focus is almost entirely on chicken prepared Nashville-style supplemented by tasty sides, straw chips and deliciously fresh oysters.
Our recent meal here commended with six freshly-shucked oysters topped with a
We then ordered one dish of chicken wings with a side a coleslaw and another of 'dark meat' with a side of potato salad. We asked for the spice to be 'hot' rather than 'so damn hot' or 'evil' to test our tolerances and we opted for the Alabama white sauce option which turned out to be quite delicious.
It is always difficult to order a wine to match with hot, spicy dishes such as those served here, however they have made the task easy by opting for mainly natural wines including some orange wines which are able to stand up to the heat and even enhance the flavours of the food. We ordered a Dinavolino orange wine from Emilia-Romagna in Italy. These wines have been made from white grapes where the skins have been left to macerate in the juice. The anthocyanins from the skins are extracted into the wine thus providing the apricot to orange colour.
And the matching turned out to be perfect. The wine helped the food and the food helped the wine!
Overall, our meal here was delightful, the staff were highly professional and happy to provide advice and the space was abuzz with happy young customers seeking out new flavours in both the food and the wine.


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