“Regardless of cultures or what country you’re from, people love chicken,” says Heaven Kim, owner of and chef at Surry Hills’ new casual eatery, Chicken Institute. Here, chicken is served four ways and, as the menu states, each one is damn good.

“It’s based on how Koreans enjoy their casual-dining food. It’s all about sharing,” says Kim about her first solo venture. She’s also the executive chef at Paramount Coffee Project.

Easy-to-eat boneless thigh fillets are the secret to Kim’s succulent pieces of chicken. Coated in a light batter with a mix of Mexican and American spices, choose from traditional fried, sticky, garlic or peri peri, all available with, “A side of glove,” says Kim. “I found people were having a hard time eating it with chopsticks, so we offer gloves, too.” Or, you could just get your hands dirty.

Despite what the name suggests, there’s more than just chicken on the menu. Other Korean-inspired options include bibimbap, which translates to “mixed rice”. It’s rice served with shredded vegetables and a fried egg on top (the mixing part is up to you). Alternatively, you can order ssam barbeque wagyu or pork belly, cold noodles, burgers or eggplant steamed buns. Sides include the mandatory kimchi, offered on its own or smothered over fries in kimchi poutine. If you ask nicely, food is available takeaway, too.

“Obviously for the chicken you need a beer as well,” says Kim. It’s BYO only at this stage, with the liquor licence still on its way. We expect the Korean sake cocktails will be worth the wait.

Chicken Institute
61 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills
(02) 8095 0166

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