Posted by KB on April 6, 2011
At Kluster we’re firm believers that food tastes better on sticks. Sticks turn ordinary ice cream into a portable summer treat, and make it acceptable to eat only cheese at a cocktail party. So when offered the chance to grab a meal at Crazy Wings, home of food on sticks, we said yes. Hell yes.
Crazy Wings is the last restaurant to open as part of the Eat street dining district in Chatswood, and in our humble opinion, worth the wait. The chain, which boasts 300 stores in China and internationally, is based on Beijing hawker-style eating – largely defined by things on skewers, barbecued.
Faced with a dizzying array of options – crazy lamb, crazy kidneys, crazy potato - we start with the most obvious choice: original wings. Covered in a dry spice rub, they’re barbecued to perfection and stick-lickingly moreish, as are the honey soy variety that swiftly followed their demise in our hands.
The surprise of the meal came with the beef and mushroom skewers. We were expecting a simple kebab-style combo of alternating beef and mushroom chunks, but were treated to delicate parcels of enokitake mushrooms wrapped in beef slices - skewered and barbecued, of course.
There are, of course, some menu items that don’t arrive at the table on wooden skewers. But that’s not to say they should be overlooked. Rice is a must-have, of course, and when it comes in options beyond the usual boiled and fried - such as tomato beef or eel - it’s hard to say no. We honed in on the salad menu and discovered the garlic eggplant, which packed a powerful punch of flavour so good it was worth giving up kissing for.
Flavoursome food aside, the great drawcard of Crazy Wings is that because it’s all skewers and side dishes, you can order exactly the right amount to suit your appetite or your budget. The fact that you could come in by yourself and get a couple of snacks for a fiver rates pretty highly in our world. Plus the sticks, don’t forget the sticks.
Crazy Wings can be found in the Eat Street dining district, Shop 8, 1-5 Railway St, Chatswood
They also operate in Chinatown at Shop 41/1 Dixon St.