In Short: Chef’s Kitchen at the Foxtrot Inn combines all the amazing burger, fries, and wings style comfort foods that their food truck is so famous for, in a setting that transports you to a world of speakeasy cool, and conversation friendly pub spaces. Tip: The Meaty Ménage and Wings are a must do!
For those of us lucky enough to have enjoyed the simple pleasure of sharing an intimate conversation with friends in the cosy confines of a traditional pub, you’ll know how hard that experience is to find in Sydney’s increasingly noisy and conversation-stifling restaurant scene. It’s as if the goal of creating the next ultra-hipster hangout has banished the art of combining good food with good conversation in the same space. In this dialogue desert, a few oases still remain, and we’ve managed to find a real gem in Crows Nest’s The Foxtrot Inn with the outstanding Chef’s Kitchen team dishing up their very best.
On an early weekday evening we slip in from the busy street, through Foxtrot’s unassuming door and into another world of warm, dark woods, fireplaces, leather chairs, and leafy loft spaces. The Foxtrot Inn oozes a kind of speakeasy-come-local-pub vibe that transports you to places as far flung as New York’s Meat Packing District via a London alleyway local.
With a shaft of light leading us upward, we’re drawn up another level to a bright, leafy retreat where it’s time to settle in and order up. Charles, our super-friendly host and owner of Chef’s Kitchen in the Foxtrot Inn, takes the helm for the evening, and dishes up some decadent pub food favourites, courtesy of the Chef’s Kitchen crew. Any foodie worth their salt would know the famous Chef’s Kitchen for their amazing touring food truck, and now all that burger, fries, and wings goodness is available any time you need a hit at the Foxtrot Inn.
First of the pub favourites is the massively meaty, and aptly named, Meaty Menage. With the smokey goodness from the 18-hour smoked brisket filling the air, and house-made patties, bacon, cheese, and tangy mayo joining in, this burger is a destination dish for burger buffs. The way the cheese and mayo mingle with the texture of the meats makes for a moist and memorable mouthful.
What’s a burger without fries? Sacrilege! Plain and simple. So, loaded fries it is! No ordinary loaded fries though at The Foxtrot Inn, these puppies are loaded to the gills with, get this, smoked pork shoulder, and topped off with Kansas BBQ sauce, Mucho Nacho liquid cheese, and scallions for a fresh zest. The fries themselves are beer battered, of course, and hold their crispy crunch under all those delectable toppings.
OK, so we’re happily climbing our way up the massive burger and mountain of loaded fries when Charles hits us with some of the very best BBQ smoked chicken wings we’ve ever laid our lips on. You know how I said just a minute ago that the Meaty Menage was a destination dish? Well, add a detour to that destination that includes these BBQ Wings! Smoked in iron bark, glazed with BBQ sauce, and coated in buttermilk and seasoned flour, these crispy, fall-off-the-bone beauties, are fly-out-of-the-kitchen fabulous in every way.
The Foxtrot Inn with the Chef’s Kitchen is one of the hidden local secrets that you relish sharing with close friends and watch their faces light up the first time they visit. The best part of that secret is you can share great food, drink and actual conversation in your new found local.
*Coco & Vine dined as guests of Chef’s Kitchen at the Foxtrot Inn.