Chefs Aaron Turner and Morgan McGlone have turned Belle's diner into a Nashville-style chicken shack. Hot damn!

Let the hot, fried fun begin! For those who don't know, gun chefs Aaron Turner (ex-Loam) and Morgan McGlone have taken over what used to be Gertrude Street's shiny house of fancified American eats, Belle's Diner.

For the last year they've been in Nashville, USA learning how to make the musical city's favourite dish – fried chicken, in an extra hot-and-spicy batter. The story of the dish is a country song in and of itself: apparently a woman scorned upended the hot pepper into her cheating partner's chicken breakfast (because that's a thing in America). Sadly for her, he loved it and later launched the BBQ Chicken shack (so the much-disputed legend goes).

Turner and McGlone's plan for Belle's Hot Chicken is simple: "We are taking the Japanese approach of doing one thing really really well," says Turner. "So, hot chicken it is, with sides like our own fermented pickles, hot sauce, slaw, potato salad."

They're also bringing in some natural wines. Want cocktails? The Everleigh is upstairs. That's a powerhouse right there.

Full review to follow.

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By Gemima Cody   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

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150 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 3065

Telephone 03 9077 0788

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