Juicy and crispy. That’s the key to making a tasty chicken nugget according to Chet O’Brien-Tilbrook. And he should know – he's one of Adelaide's best-known nugg purveyors. The chef’s 50-seat "nuggeteria" on Crippen Place is a sequel to his much-loved food truck, and takes over the former site of Mrs Kim’s, the ground-floor club between Rocket Rooftop and Electric Circus.
The menu is a borderless line-up of toppings including honey sriracha, satay and mi goreng. You may also find nuggs marinated in laksa, coated in a coconut-panko crumb and topped with pickled red chilli, coriander and fried shallots. Or marinated in buttermilk, tossed in spicy parmesan “dust” and topped with freshly shaved parmesan, pink mayo and cornichons. Sandwiches are a thing here, too, and the Nashville hot number is a standout.
As for drinks, expect Youngblood beer on-tap and in cans, and a tap reserved for a rotation of Australian brewers. Victoria’s Konpira Maru makes up the core wine range, backed by featured local winemakers. Cocktails and spiked sodas – including hard cherry cola and lemonade – are just what the doctor ordered after a few spicy nuggs.
A takeaway window faces Hindley Street for office workers and uni students to grab sandwiches, batch-brew coffee and drinks. The building’s facade has been scraped off to reveal rustic stone underneath, and the faded VHS covers that once filled the video-store-style shopfront have been replaced with beer cans, San Pellegrino bottles and milk cartons to emulate a convenience store.
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