St Katherine’s

Posted on | January 13, 2012 | 6 Comments

KFC

Remember last year when we went to Taste of Melbourne? Alastair and Bro were so enamoured with the KFC (Katherine’s Fried Chicken) served by St Katherine’s, that I knew we would have to schedule a fried chicken dinner there one night.

Well, it took a while but fried chicken dinner finally happened this month, thanks to the organisational efforts of Mazza. A couple of other friends were roped in, and off we went.

Located in Kew, St Katherine’s is a big, busy restaurant seating 140 downstairs. Tables are bare and you grab your own cutlery and napkins from the tomato tin in the middle of each table. The menu has the previously fried chicken, as well as other Middle Eastern style dishes that are meant to be shared. If you don’t want to make a choice, there’s a few set menu options ranging from $45 to $75 per person.

Punch

We ordered drinks and a jug of St Katherine’s punch ($40) containing aperol, apricot brandy, St Germain elderflower liqueur, rose syrup, cranberry, apple and pineapple juice with fresh passionfruit to share before scanning the menu. The punch was really sweet – some soda water would’ve been good in it to dampen the sweetness (I added some tap water to take the edge off, sacrilege I know).

After looking at the menu, Mazza’s partner Daz demanded that we just order a bucket of fried chicken each, but we overruled him, starting off with just one bucket of chicken ($24) as well as a selection of other dishes.

Calamari

One of our non-chicken dishes was the fried baby calamari ($16) with lemon, Aleppo pepper, garlic and taramasalata. It wasn’t bad – the calamari was relatively tender, though it was on the salty side.

Rotisserie meat

We also had the selection of rotisserie meats from the grill ($27.50). That day it was pieces of lamb and chicken, served with a wedge of lemon. The meat was nicely charred, though again on the salty side.

Garfish

This was garfish, wrapped in vine leaves with minced prawn and vanilla peaches ($18.90). Mazza ordered this because she loves garfish, but I wasn’t particularly into it. It just wasn’t to my taste I think, I’m not really into meat and fruit together, much less fruit and a very fishy fish.

Salad

I felt like we should order a salad, so we selected the leaves with hazelnuts, dehydrated shanklesh, sunflower seeds and pomegranate ($9.50). It was really, really acidic and vinegary.

Chips

And we also had chips and tarama ($9.50)

Sausage

Our final non-fried chicken dish was the lebanese lamb sausage with lemon, hummus and thyme ($12). This was comped on our bill because it was forgotten about until we asked the waiter about it – how nice! Strangely, the seasoning on these wasn’t consistent. I had a piece that was incredibly salty, while someone else had a piece that was really bland.

KFC

Back to the fried chicken, which is served in a striped bucket along with Japanese mayo and BBQ sauce. Cute touch, but I wonder how many of those paper buckets they go through each day…

Each bucket held between 12-14 pieces of chicken. We found our first bucket of chicken a little underwhelming and not particularly crispy or tasty. However, we ordered another two buckets and they were much better – moist and crunchy with a good coating, though perhaps not quite as good as at Taste of Melbourne. Strange.

We didn’t have dessert, and the bill including drinks came to a pretty cheap $35pp. We initially thought that it was wrong but no – it had been totalled up correctly.

At the end of the meal we all thought it was okay. The fried chicken was good, but the other food didn’t wow me. Perhaps we should’ve listened to Daz and just ordered a bucket of chicken per person after all. However, to be fair, I don’t think we ordered well – while writing this post I had another look at the menu and there’s definitely more interesting food available.

For more on St Katherine’s see:

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  • Where Adles Eats
  • Foodie About Town
  • Culinary indulgent
  • Two Munch
  • Out of my kitchen
  • MoMo & Coco
  • The guilty stomach
  • EatThis
  • Makan moments
  • Double Dutch Oven


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    St Katherine’s
    26 Cotham Road
    Kew
    Phone” 03 9207 7477
    Web: stkatherines.com.au

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    6 Responses to “St Katherine’s”

    1. Fatbooo
      January 13th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

      This place still hasn’t been high on my list, but I liked how the prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is somewhat no-frills, with you grabbing utensils from the middle of the table.
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      Agnes Reply:

      I reckon – go if you’re in the neighbourhood. But don’t travel especially for it!

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    2. April@MyFoodTrail
      January 17th, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

      The fried chicken is definitely the best thing there, though I didn’t mind the meats from the rotisserie and the salad with the pomegranate seeds. I would agree with you that the food seemed over salted.
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      Agnes Reply:

      Mhmmm fried chicken. It would be pretty sad if the fried chicken wasn’t any good.

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    3. Sofia @ Poppet's Window
      February 26th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

      I’ve heard such mixed reports on St Kaths it’s ridiculous. You don’t seem overly enthusiastic? AND my pet hate is too much salt! Hmmm… I think I’ll have to visit simply to decide for myself! Although it’s good to see the lamb sausage dish was complementary after the mix up, it seems unanimous that the service is top notch. Decisions, decisions!
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      Agnes Reply:

      Yeah I wasn’t that enthusiastic about St Katherine’s. I think it’s okay if you are in the neighbourhood, but I wouldn’t go across town for it again. Yes, visit and see what you think. My lack of enthusiasm could be due solely to the dishes we ordered. :)

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