Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Australia is gearing up to launch a dining experience that may surprise some fast food fans. The restaurant will open a short-term tasting menu in Sydney, featuring 11 courses and a wine pairing.
For the price of $75 AUD per person (about $53.90 USD), Australians will be able to enjoy this tasting menu between April 1 and 3 at an undisclosed location in Alexandria, a suburb of Sydney.
The prix fixe menu will include “supercharged wings” cooked over a bed of charcoal and “popcorn chicken” served with celery root soup, mushroom gnocchi and basil topped with an edible floral garnish , according to a press release. The “La Di Da Drumstick” will feature the KFC drumstick sprinkled with quinoa and gold.
British chef Nelly Robinson partners with the restaurant to develop the sumptuous dishes. Robinson has his own restaurant in Sydney, which offers an eight-course tasting menu that changes every 10 weeks.
“Foodie who licks his fingers,” remarked a television presenter on 7NEWS in Adelaide following the announcement of KFC’s new menu. “I didn’t mean to say that together.”
To reserve a seat, fans of the fried chicken restaurant must register on a waiting listwhere they are asked to explain which KFC dish they think is “worthy of a la-di-da tasting”.
In January, 7NEWS reported that KFC Australia was suffering a poultry shortage linked to supply chain issues as COVID-19 cases surged across the country. A spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that some locations were forced to offer a reduced menu.
A restaurant sign told diners: “Due to supplier issues, we do not have original chicken, zingers, tenderloins or wings. Please refer to sold out stickers for available items .”
KFC also addressed the shortage in a statement on its website, saying: “Like many businesses across Australia, our supply chain and workforce have been impacted by COVID-19. Rest assured that we’re doing everything we can to get back to everyone’s fried favorites as soon as possible.”
In the United States, a KFC customer went viral last week for his outrage over the chain’s alleged price hike.
“I know I don’t polish,” TikTok user @eyedealistic.don said in a video that reached 1.3 million views. “But that shit done got higher than a motherfucker.” $57 for an 8 cookies of 16 pieces!”
A chorus of viewers approved in the comments.
“KFC is the biggest scam,” wrote one user. “Meanwhile, a $4.99 whole rotisserie chicken at Costco. »
“What’s that noise? Oh this is me pulling my pots and pans out of the drawer lol,” another viewer joked.
Newsweek contacted KFC for comment.