2 birds a real tweet

Style Mag­a­zine sam­ples fin­ger-lick­ing-good at the Wal­ton Stores’ 2 Birds res­tau­rant.

Style Magazine - - Restuarant Review - BY JES­SICA KRAMER

Our Style editor has been con­verted. Prior to two weeks ago, she didn’t like fried chicken. Then we tried 2 Birds, part of the Wal­ton Stores precinct in the Toowoomba CBD.

Af­ter sup­ply­ing us with great cider and iced tea, 2 Birds man­ager Adam brought out a loaded tray of food to our ta­ble, in­form­ing us ev­ery­thing is made fresh-to-or­der.

Two bas­kets of fried chicken — one each of drum­sticks and wings — and a serve of chips dusted with leek, onion and rosemary salt were ac­com­pa­nied by sides of mac­a­roni and cheese, coleslaw and roasted corn on the cob with de­li­ciously char­coaled but­ter and salt. We were in­stantly im­pressed with the chicken. Even with so much flavour packed into the skin it wasn’t too salty nor oily, but most im­pres­sive was how moist both cuts of chicken were.

Un­like the usual fried chicken, this was ten­der and moist and non greasy, an ef­fect achieved by long-soak­ing the chicken in a brine be­fore coat­ing and cook­ing.

The next star of the show was the roasted corn with burnt but­ter — we were flab­ber­gasted how per­fectly the corn was cooked and how burnt but­ter could taste so amaz­ing.

With the fan­tas­tic chips, we en­joyed the house-made smoky bar­be­cue sauce and the cher­moula — a med­ley of herb flavours made on-site from eight to nine dif­fer­ent herbs, Span­ish onion and olive oil — both of which left us sorely tempted to dou­ble-dip.

The coleslaw was a hit of wel­come fresh­ness, while the mac­a­roni and cheese was the ul­ti­mate com­fort food.

We were treated to Pat and Sticks hand-crafted ice-cream sand­wiches for dessert, which are so pop­u­lar at 2 Birds they sell as fast as they can be or­dered into the store.

Next time you have a crav­ing for fried chicken, head to 2 Birds, where it’s fresh and juicy, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Next time you feel like chicken tonight ...head down to Wal­ton Stores!

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