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Reader lunch: Fred's, Sydney
24.01.2017

Beat the queues to Sydney's most sought-after table and join us for a knockout summery lunch at Fred's.

Greg Malouf returns to Dubai
24.01.2017

After spending the past 12 months writing books and doing one-off dinners the Australian chef is poised to open an exciting new restaurant in the Middle Eastern capital.

Merivale’s The Chicken Shop opens this week
24.01.2017

Ben Greeno’s long-awaited side-hustle, The Chicken Shop, is opening on Australia Day, right next to The Paddington.

Nour Sydney kicks off guest chef series
23.01.2017

Ghostboy Cantina did it with Temp Taquero in Dixon House and at Tio's. Automata did it with Auto.Lab. And now Nour, the powder-pink themed modern Lebanese eatery in Surry Hills, is joining the club with a guest chef series, too.

Our third Chinese-language edition is out now
23.01.2017

Dedicated to being the best guide to Australia, our latest Chinese-language edition includes a checklist of the country's essential new restaurants, our most beautiful beaches, and much more.

Blanca Bar & Dining to open in Bondi this week
23.01.2017

Bjorck describes the food as "European-style," but with "nice fresh Japanese flavours".

Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula
20.01.2017

Glamour, sophistication and luxury have arrived on the Peninsula, with a crack-team of staff assembled to make it a success.

Stokehouse, Melbourne Review
19.01.2017

An Australian dining landmark rises from the ashes: the Stokehouse is back ready to please the crowds for at least another generation to come, writes Michael Harden.

Belle's Hot Chicken: Nashville-style fried chicken comes to Melbourne

Aaron Turner & Morgan McGlone, Belle's Hot Chicken

Aaron Turner & Morgan McGlone, Belle's Hot Chicken

Just when you thought Gertrude Street couldn't get any hotter, along comes news that it'll soon be home to Australia's first Nashville-style spicy fried chicken outlet. More intriguing still, it's the comeback project for fêted chef Aaron Turner, of the dearly missed Loam restaurant, and his pal Morgan McGlone, the chef and Taste of Young Sydney impresario.

While southern-inspired eats are cropping up faster than you can say "eleven secret herbs and spices" the pair's credentials in this instance are hard to beat. They've both been living in Nashville for the past year - McGlone there to open the local branch of Husk restaurant for acclaimed Charleston chef Sean Brock, and Turner joining him in the kitchen.

For their Melbourne caper, they're taking over the food at Belle's Diner, on the corner of Napier and Gertrude streets, which they'll reopen in early August as Belle's Hot Chicken. The pair's vision for the restaurant, conceived over many nights working the fryer and doing research at the likes of Prince's, Hattie B's and Bolton's, is to offer the very spicy deep-fried chicken and hot fish they know and love, complemented by a rotating range of sides such as braised beans with ham hocks, potato salad, crinkle-cut fries and greens ("though collards aren't easy to get in Australia," says McGlone).

To put out the fire (or possibly stoke the flame), there'll be a very personal selection of the wines they like to drink (expect plenty from natural-leaning importers such as Addley Clark, Living Wines, Brooks & Amos and Andrew Guard), plus "working man's beers" and good whiskey.

"It's our ode to Nashville," says McGlone. You've been warned.

Looking for more Melbourne dining options? Check out our list of the best restaurants in Melbourne.

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