A failed quest to find quality buffalo wings outside of a bar setting led Steven Lo to pack in his IT job. He opened his own venue, Wings of Glory.
A simple but functional fit-out takes up a smallish space on the Clarendon Street strip. There is AstroTurf, wall-mounted planter boxes and bright-yellow-and-black stools. But the real point of interest here is the wings.
As per the step-by-step menu, diners choose their combo (four to 10 pieces, or in a wrap), choose their wings (“original glory wings”; boneless; or seitan vegetarian), and then choose their flavour (a mild-to-hot vinegar-based sauce; spiced Cajun; a sweeter honey glaze; or the lemony-pepper dry rub for non-traditionalists).
Combos are completed with a choice of salad (cous cous, green, brown rice) or the funny-looking, circular chips with a seasoning of your choice.
“Our hand-cut chips have been getting rave reviews,” co-owner Jennifer Vo says. “We slice against the potato and not in the typical fry shape, giving it a round cut.”
Moorabbin’s Two Brothers brews sit beside a selection of ciders, and there’s the house Glorious Beer on tap. Thirsty diners can get a beer bucket stocked with five basic beers, a necessity if you plan to partake in the super-hot wings challenge – 12 wings in four minutes. Be careful – if you fail, you’ll be immortalised on the wall of “Babies”.
Dessert is a toasted, brioche-style mini hot-dog bun stuffed with vanilla ice cream and your choice of crushed Oreo, honeycomb or strawberry, topped with flavoured syrup. Don’t screw your nose up until you try it.
Wings of Glory
253 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
(03) 8589 3088
Mon to Thur 11am–9pm
Fri & Sat 11am–9.30pm