A life without fried chicken is a life not worth living.
It’s a shame that fried chicken has been marred by the trashiness of KFC because when it’s done well, it’s a thing of delicious, delicious beauty.
At Gami, which I *finally* visited the other week, they serve Korean fried chicken and beer. While there are other dishes on the menu, with a name like Gami Chicken and Beer, what else would you be there for?
Their house beer is sold by volume. You can get 300ml for $3.50, a 1140ml jug for $13.50 OR you can buy a 4 litre oak barrel for $42. Tempting, right? You also get prawn crackers to snack on.
As for the fried chicken, you can buy half serves ($15-$17) or a whole serve ($27-$30) with several choices of sauce: sweet chilli, soy and garlic, spicy sauce and original (ie no sauce).
Seven of us ate our way through 2.5 serves of chicken, trying the sweet chilli, soy and garlic and original. Somehow I missed the fact that there was a spicy sauce option, otherwise I would’ve been totally on to that.
The chicken was good: juicy with a crispy crunchy coating. We fell into silence after it arrived, which is always a good sign. And as for the sauce options, I really liked the original and the soy and garlic.
Fried chicken comes with pickles and salad. I love me some daikon pickles, and with the salad you can do that whole pretending thing: oh, I’m eating salad, it’s not that unhealthy a meal.
In addition to the chicken, we also ordered the corn cheese ($9).
Hilariously, the menu describes it as “simply corn and cheese”. And lo, it is true. I love that they don’t feel the need to dress it up!
I found it quite sweet, but there was something really strangely good about it. I guess it’s hard to go wrong with simply corn and cheese. :p
The kimchi pancake ($13) was not bad – fairly starchy and floury. But I’d suggest using the stomach space for more chicken.
You know what? Gami delivers… not just in the awesome fried chicken stakes, but physically delivers. I’m glad I’m not in their delivery zone (Melbourne CBD, Southbank, Carlton, South Melbourne) because it would be a dangerous, dangerous thing. I already feel like I need another fried chicken fix soon.
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Gami Chicken and Beer
100 Little Lonsdale Street
Phone: (03) 9671 3232
Alternative location at:
535 Little Lonsdale Street
Phone: 03 9670 3232