4 Fingers – Elizabeth St [Lunch Crawl]

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One of my last meals with Mr. Brunswick because he’s moved onto a new role (Applications open for new Lunch Crawl partner in the Melbourne CBD – apply within, vegetarians preferred).

What a perfect opportunity to sweep the sadness away with hand-painted fried chicken from Singapore. You don’t know therapeutic remedies until you stuff your face with fried chicken pieces until you’re too full to feel emotions.

4 Fingers is a Singaporean fried chicken chain that has rapidly expanded to Australia with 2 outlets in Queensland and one outlet located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. I’ve seen the grams and they were giving away free chicken wings on the first day! Sadly, I was busy inebriating in a dungeon elsewhere.

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Sweet potato fries – $4
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Chicken chip (Soy garlic) w/ fries – $14
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Soy Garlic and Spicy Wingettes/Drumettes (8 pcs) – $12

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Curiosity got the better of me and I to had to see what the punters were saying about 4 Fingers on Zomato.

I haven’t seen a divided review section like this since Trump got elected. From blisteringly savage albeit suspicious 1-star reviews to level headed people who seem to be okay with what 4 Fingers was offering. Perhaps there’s an underground fried chicken mafia who isn’t keen on the new kid slanging Singaporean chicken on their turf? Maybe this conspiracy goes to the top -gasps- is the Colonel involved? Dun Dun Dun!

Also if I’m going to hate a place, I’ll hate it because of my own accord not because someone didn’t experience an ‘authentic’ fried chicken experience.

Anyway, I’m a masochist so I love trying places that everyone hates mostly because I have trust issues.  It’s like watching a bad movie with your friends except you get full and there’s a 50% chance it’ll be good too! Mr. Brunswick and I were cautioned by the counter staff that there would be a 20-30 minute wait (a non-issue for us). I noticed a handful of lunch timers walking out, most likely owing to shorter lunch break than us.

The awesome:

  • If I could describe the fried chicken at 4 Fingers in one word, it’ll be crunch! If I had a second word, it’ll immediately be moist (love that word). I’m used to Korean fried chicken that are soggy from over-saucing. There must be some double frying food magic at work here. There’s 3 distinctive layers to the wings upon first bite – the crispy fried batter, the sauce and the juicy dark meat underneath. I had a mix of soy garlic (slightly salty but not overbearing) and spicy sauce (a bit of heat but mostly tame and sweet). These flavoured wings would go well with a bowl of rice (inner Asian moustache talking) but chips go equally well if you’re a chip person. Recommended
  • Mr. Brunswick love all things chicken and the chicken chop is no surprise. If anything, it was gloriously juicier than the wings. You will be full from the size, the waitress was scared Mr. Brunswick will still be hungry. Cute.

I’m surprised by such negative feedback on Zomato but just like the comments on Youtube – the internet is very angry, sometimes happy but most angry. From my experience and the lovely girl (Manager?) who asked us about our food that also apologised for the delay – there wasn’t a single negative thing to say.

I will definitely return when I get a chance. Haters gonna hate hate hate.

3.5 moustaches out of 5

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