Before we even get started here, I’ve just gotta make one thing clear: there’s been a fried chicken sandwich shaped hole in our hearts ever since Meat Candy closed. While nothing has quite managed to fill the void, these other spots sure do come close – whether you’re into southern, katsu, karaage or Korean.
Does an element of mystery increase deliciousness? Twin Beaks has been popping up around Perth in garages, carparks and after-hours cafes for a few years, with a reputation for Perth’s best hot chicken sambos built almost entirely around word-of-mouth. Keep your peepers on their Instagram for their next pop up – and make sure to get there early, ‘cause these bad bois WILL sell out.
A personal brunch favourite, tbsp. pulls no punches when it comes to their menu. Every one of their Asian inspired offerings are worth a trip – but their buttermilk fried chicken burger is a thing of beauty. A generous piece of super crispy chicken paired with slaw and pickles, on a pillowy brioche bun. Just make sure to plan a few more visits to try everything else on the menu, too.
10 King William Street, Bayswater
Low-key legend Wingman will – as their logo attests – take you on the highway to the flavour zone. Just TRY to say that without singing it. Offering wings in either Malaysian bbq or southern fried styles, these guys keep it simple and ultra-tasty. Catch them at the next Inglewood Night Markets to try it for yourself.
Hot Star Chicken
Fast and furious Taiwanese street food favourites, Hot Star will serve you a delicious piece of fried chicken bigger than your head, and send you on your way. This international chain is not the place for a cosy, sit down meal – but if you’re looking for super crispy fried chicken on the go, it will hit the spot big time.
131 Barrack Street, Perth
3/305 William Street, Northbridge
7grams Chicken Cafe
We’ve had an influx of Korean fried chicken spots over the past few years, and I’m not complaining. One of the more under-the-radar additions is North Perth cafe 7grams, which has quietly built a loyal following since its opening in 2016. For ultra crunch go for the original, but the spicy garlic or soy are pretty hard to pass up, too.
410 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
Another Korean kitchen that’s popped up in 2019, Hwaiting is tucked away in Northbridge’s bustling Old Shanghai. Baskets of crispy chicken with your choice of sauce – and make sure to take advantage of their chicken and beer deal: a $3 beer with any fried chicken purchase, or if you’re with a mate, two beers for five bucks.
Old Shanghai, 103-109 James Street, Northbridge
Jun has long been a cult favourite of Japanese lovers in Perth, and their karaage and katsu do not disappoint. Super golden, super crispy, super tasty – and for some reason, when fried chicken is called katsu, it doesn’t feel quite as guilt-inducing? A rose by any other name and all that…
Photo by @w.lustono
568 Hay Street, Perth
If you really want to get deep then Chimek is where it’s at. Indulge in a humungous range of different fried chicken flavours and pair it up with some classic beer and soju. Bring a friend or 10 and an appetite because the serving sizes are out of this world.