Building upon the success of their initial Chatswood outlet, Radley’s Rotisserie Chicken & Burgers have opened their second store in the MetCentre Sydney. While the focus here is still on perfecting and professionalising the humble chicken shop of your childhood memories, Jason Pope and his team have added on a few extras aimed at pleasing us demanding city-types.
For starters, there’s a bar, offering up a succinct list of eight classic cocktails, a page of cuisine appropriate wines, plus spirits and beers, including three on-tap selections. The bar has wonderful views of Harry Seidler’s Australia Square – so as you sip on your after-work Negroni ($15), you can marvel at what a future facing design it must have been back in 1967.
Even better, you can take your Moscow Mule ($15) out onto the leafy green terrace that – when Gladys Berejiklian finally delivers on her tardy light rail – will be a lovely place to hover over the George Street pedestrian zone with a beverage or two.
To lubricate proceedings with your work colleagues at the end of the work day, Radley’s are kicking off with a three-hour Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm. While I could have knocked over a six-buck schooner or an eight-buck wine, I stuck to cocktails on my recent visit, knocking over a classy Manhattan ($15) while my dining companion got up close and personal with a towering, frozen Margarita ($15).
There’s also a bar snacks menu to ensure nobody gets too loose and spills all the company secrets.
Semolina-dusted Haloumi Fries ($10) dragged through Radley's house-made tomato chutney are a given. What's not to like about fat fingers of golden, deep-fried cheese?
Clean, non-oily Sweet Potato Fries ($10) have some retro Aussie charm against a pot of sweet chilli and sour cream that – despite my well-documented preference for spicy chilli sauces – I keep coming back to.
For something more modern, the Chicken Wings ($12) here have been given a Korean-style twist with a gochujang marinade. I enjoyed eating them without any additional dipping, so I’m not entirely convinced the sticky, sweet and spicy wings need the similarly themed dipping sauce.
You can also take things family-style with a generous oven-baked Mac’n’Cheese ($20) that’s been given a Radley’s twist with a buttermilk fried chicken topper. This is classic comfort food - it’s creamy and gooey with long strands of melted cheese to contend with; and you’re going to love every second of it!
Radley’s Platter ($50) is a good four-way sharing option, with each diner getting their own crispy chicken kimchi slider with cheese (one of my favourites at their Chatswood store) and char-grilled beef taco. Loaded up with a generous amount of beef fingers that are blackened on the outside and pleasantly pink within, these tacos a real highlight.
Simple accompaniments - caramelised onions, guacamole, salsa, fresh coriander and salad fixings - help to keep the focus on the flavour of the 100-day grain-fed black Angus beef.
The platter also comes with chips, something to dip them in, and a plate of oven-baked nachos, ensuring everyone gets a decent feed for their $12.50 platter buy-in. This represents ripper value for the Sydney’s often-overpriced CBD!
This new restaurant is only three weeks into their MetCentre tenure, so I expect the Radley’s formula to continue to refine as they get to know their corporate neighbours, like the tenants of that dazzling Australia Square.
Radley's Rotisserie Chicken & Burgers
Shop MG23, MetCentre Sydney
273 George Street, Sydney