Shorty’s, Canberra, ACT
After an afternoon of heated negotiations on where to eat (media people!) the team finally arrived at a choice for our evening in Canberra and we headed over to the nearby and bustling venue of Shorty’s. I quite liked the vibe of the place and encountered success on Pokemon Go whilst here, but some of the food we ordered on the night was less successful.
For a weekday evening this place has a serious crowd, but the dishes still did come out quick (a little too quick in Som cases) so props to the kitchen here. According to the website, this is Canberra’s coolest bar and everyone knows you can’t lie on the Internet these days. A friend and I opted to share mains and our first one was a roasted duck salad. I quite liked this dish but my counterpart didn’t, the crispy pieces of duck were satisfying when it did appear and the salad was well dressed. Could have had more duck for the >$20 price tag.
Our second main media (heh) was the Shorty’s three piece feed ($26) of fried chicken served with grilled corn, mashed potato, bun and chicken gravy. The seasoning of the chicken was tasty but I wasn’t a fan of gravy being served on top of the chicken as it eliminated the crisp coating which surely is one of the motivations of fried chicken. Also, some of the pieces weren’t evenly cooked and we were a bit suss about the pinkness in one of the bigger pieces.
At $13 the Deep Fried Golden Gaytime has some calculable mark-up, but of course we couldn’t pass the opportunity to try Australia’s national treasure, in deep-fried form. It was a nice little play on an classic item and the ice-cream was adequately coated in a cake like crumb batter. It melted fairly quickly and came with crumbled honeycomb and caramel which I’m undecided if it really needed. Not sure I’d recommend it, seemed a haphazard in the end. Shorty’s makes for a happening and funky spot for groups, needs a bit more work in the menu if I’m coming in for that.