Kyoto Protocol is not, as the name suggests, a new UN greenhouse gas emissions agreement, but rather a limited-run Japanese-inspired menu at Belles Hot Chicken with the zeitgeist-y katsu sandwich at its centre.
Your classic katsu sandwich combines panko-crumbed pork, tonkatsu sauce and mayonnaise in soft white bread – a delicious mash-up of Japanese and European foods. Belles Hot Chicken executive chef and co-founder Morgan McGlone loves them, and now (after travelling around Japan leaving katsu sando crumbs in his wake) he’s bringing the sandwich home – but incorporating a Belles twist by replacing the traditional pork cutlet with fried chicken ($12).
Belles will also be adding a Yuzu Spritz ($12) to the lineup, mixing Heiwa yuzushu (a yuzu fruit and sake blend) and pet-nat. If you’d prefer a beer pairing, New Zealand brewers Garage Project have brewed a Japanese-inspired rice lager for the menu called Hatsukoi (which means “first love”).
(The Kyoto Protocol menu will be served at all Belles locations, but note the Collins Square shop doesn’t serve alcohol.)