They say never to open a venue in the lead up to Christmas, but sometimes a venue like Goldbird Hot Chicken, is so delicious that it manages to cut through the pre-holiday noise and make its mark on the Perth dining scene. Despite being a notoriously low-key time of year for hospitality, Perth flocked to this new concept restaurant from creator and owner Simon Kony, the man behind Short Order Burger Co. To the surprise of no-one but the ever-humble Kony, Goldbird has been warmly welcomed by both the public and industry folk.

“We wanted to hit the ground running, [but] we weren’t sure how it was going to be received,” Kony tells Broadsheet. “We’ve had really good feedback. Lots of old faces, lots of old Short Order regulars that I haven’t seen in ages just coming to support.”

So far, the most popular meal on the tender-based menu is a tender sandwich with coleslaw, cheese, pickles and ‘gold sauce’ served with fries and – just for good measure – an extra tender on the side; one advantage of this meal is that diners can try two different spice levels with heat options ranging from no heat, mild, hot and extra hot. Meat-eaters and vegans alike are taking to the V2-based nuggets, and plenty of adults are enjoying the kids’ menu popcorn chicken.

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A surprise hit is the chicken skin tea sandwich, strictly limited to 10-20 servings a day. Inspired by the outrageously good Bar Rogue chicken skin sandwich and a similar offering from Adelaide’s Africola, it offers soft white bread, shredded lettuce, kewpie-style mayo, vinegar powder and chicken skin brushed with Mike’s Hot Honey.
“That’s pretty much sold out every night in about half an hour, people are specifically coming in early for it,” says Kony. “It takes a long time to prep, there’s about four chicken skins per sandwich. It’s a nice complement to the heaviness of the rest of the menu.”

Kony continues to tweak the menu, from key dishes and sides to the precise amount of Carolina reaper in the different spice mixes. He is also eager to expand the menu, with desserts and cakes coming soon. First up? A banana pudding and key lime pie.

Goldbird’s arrival adds another artisan offering to the Cantonment and Market streets area of Fremantle, alongside venues including Chicho Gelato, Peggy’s, Best Wishes Coffee and Wise Child Wines (an ideal BYO source when dining at Goldbird).

“We’re really happy to be involved in a good little pocket of Freo,” says Kony. “It’s kind of activated now, and we all complement each other well. There are definite plans for some sort of street festival, but it’s very early stages.”

Goldbird Hot Chicken:
3 Cantonment Street, Fremantle

Hours:

Wed-Sun 5pm–9pm

goldbird.com.au
@goldbirdhotchicken