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Belles Hot Chicken brings wine and bottomless brunch to Darling Square

Belles Hot Chicken is opening its sixth national outpost on the 12th of April.

Founder and head chef Morgan McGlone is excited to open a third Belles in Sydney following the brand’s openings at Barangaroo and Tramsheds. Darling Square will feature the same menu of hot chicken and natural wine with some exclusive treats for Darling Square.

Belles has worked with Sydney-based artist Henrietta Jackson (Whino, Yours, Mine, Ours Collective) to create an eye-catching and abstract mural in the restaurant. The eatery also features striking red and emerald pendant lights, exposed brick and a mix of bar and booth seating, accommodating up to 82.

Darling Square will be the first location to pour Belles’ first collaborative wines, Little Darling. Belles has collaborated with minimal intervention winemakers Rob Burley at Unkel Wines and Barney Flanders at Côtier Wines to produce their own red and white blends. Little Darling Red is a ‘party red’ according to McGlone, featuring a blend of shiraz, malbec and vermentino sourced from vineyards in Gippsland and Heathcote. Little Darling White is a refreshing, skin-contact blend of organically grown sauvignon blanc and riesling from the Mornington Peninsula. 

“I’m a big fan of Rob and Barney’s wines, so we were pumped when the opportunity arose to work with them on the Little Darling label,” said McGlone. “At Belles, we care as much about the juice as we do our chicken so creating our own wine seemed like the next natural step.”

To toast its Darling Square opening, Belles is launching the ultimate bottomless brunch across all of its Melbourne and Sydney locations, every weekend from 11:30 am. The boozy brunch deal includes Belles’ southern-style chicken and waffles matched with bottomless Bloody Marys and Belles cocktail jugs, over a two-hour seating at $50 per person.

In a bid to create one of the best Bloody Marys in town, Belles has collaborated with Sydney-based Westmont Pickles to create the perfect Bloody Mary base, combining pickle brine with freshly pressed tomato juice, and a touch of cayenne pepper.

Other brunch cocktails include The Country Time (lemonade infused with cardamom, served with a shot of Melbourne Moonshine), The Southern Charm (sweet tea with a healthy dose of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon) and Arnaldo (half house lemonade, half sweet tea with a shot of Tromba Tequila). The full menu and additional sides will also be available during brunch for purchase.

Belles joins a strong line-up of casual eateries at Darling Square, making it the perfect place for a dine-in meal or take-away for those on the run.

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