Sydney is not short on options when it comes to getting a good chicken feed. But while most eateries focus on one style — the buttermilk fried variety is overwhelmingly the most popular — Pyrmont establishment Whirly Bird isn't putting all its eggs in one basket.
Anthony Prior (formerly of The Keystone Group, which went into receivership last year) has upped the ante with an extensive menu all about the bird at his latest venture. Alongside the obligatory buttermilk fried chicken (paired with either chilli and honey caramel or house-made smoky BBQ sauce), Whirly Bird is also doing rotisserie spit roast birds (available in quarter, half or whole), a shredded chicken banh mi and even a chicken salad bowl.
Vegetarians and vegans are not forgotten with salt and pepper silken tofu and a vegan power bowl available. Sharing is encouraged, with plenty of starters and sides to peck at. Think duck fat roasted carrots, celery-battered jalapeno poppers and kimchi slaw.
No matter what you prefer to pair with your poultry, the bar menu has you covered with an array of beers, wine and spirits. The cocktail menu designed by The Rook's former bartenders Rollo Anderson and Liam Doherty-Penzer is definitely worth a look, with plenty of options to complement your food choice. With a musical motif ranging from fresh apertifs ('Intro'), headier options ('Chorus') and indulgent digestifs ('Outro'), it is clear the team are aiming to add some elegance to the chicken game.
On July 30, 2018, the Pyrmont bar and fried chicken joint launched a new aperitivo hour. Running from 5–7pm, Sunday to Thursday, the Italian happy hour(s) will feature boozy bargains such as $5 red and white wine, amari and Resch's Draught as well as a short list of cocktails — which are all available for $10. The cocktails will vary week to week, but will feature Italian favourites such as Aperol spritzes, negronis, daiquiris and palomas.
To line your stomach during the two hours of fun, the team will also be serving up bar snacks, also priced at $10. The menu includes Messy Wings, jalapeño poppers, salt 'n' pepper tofu and chicken and chorizo croquettes. And the jewel in the aperitivo hour's crown? $5 glasses of Veuve Tailhan Champagne, which are only available until the end of August.