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Drasko’s Hot Chicken

Nashville hot chicken is something that is hard to find in Perth. It seems there is only one venue dedicated to cooking it – Drasko’s Hot Chicken – and if you’re looking to test your spice tolerance with fire and flavour – you need to visit. We can almost guarantee that your time here will be an experience to remember – either due to the heat, or if you aren’t as game, the flavour.

The venue is attached to the outside of The Mezz shopping centre on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Flinders Street. It opens up to the street, thankfully, as we’re not sure a full enclosed venue would be able to contain the heat. The venue is quite small but they’ve done a good job in arranging the inside seating and making the most of the outside area to accommodate as many people as possible while still being functional. On our first visit it was a busy night where we had to wait in line a while as it weaved through the outdoor area to the inside. This time, there was enough seating available for us to comfortably choose somewhere to sit.

Funnily enough as we arrived this time around the fire alarm for The Mezz shopping centre went off. We thought that this was because someone had ordered the off-menu super spicy option but unfortunately that wasn’t the reason… It was a false alarm (thankfully).

Drasko’s Hot Chicken menu

As given away by the name – the menu is all about spicy Nashville style hot chicken. Essentially you’re choosing the delivery method of heat to your taste buds. There are six levels ranging from no spice to incredibly spicy, and then to a level that needs a signed waiver for it to be served (off-menu). On offer are chicken quarters, wings, tenders on their own, or a boneless breast in the Signature Sando with vinegar slaw, home-fermented pickles and sauce. Chicken and waffles with maple syrup are offered but unfortunately for weekend lunches only. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available (cooked in a separate fryer). View the full menu on their website here.

We opted for the Signature Sando experience at both “medium” and “hot” intensities. The medium was to ensure that the heat is not intended to compensate or cover up for any flavour or lack thereof, and totally not to avoid reliving a prior traumatic experience… The hot level of spice is no joke, do NOT underestimate it. With these we went with sides of the umami fries and bottomless homemade ice tea, which is great value and an essential to cope with the heat if you have trouble with spice.

The Sandos were good. The mix of flavour and heat really sets the tone after the first bite. We’re not sure if there are many places that can compete with the chicken served up here, not even considering the heat. The coating was surprisingly crispier than it looked and was packed with spice. The chicken itself was incredibly succulent beneath it. The juicy pickles and slaw rounded it out as a perfect complement to both the flavour and heat from the Nashville seasoning. It was a bit of a messy feed by the end as the bun began to fall apart while eating the last quarter of the sandwich. We weren’t even upset given the overall experience. The umami fries were reminiscent of Nando’s paprika salt, though different in flavour – noting they are embellished with a secret blend of kombu, mushroom and herbs. To top things off we had a few refills of the bottomless homemade iced tea, which was great as it wasn’t overly sugary sweet.

Drasko's Hot Chicken - Hot Signature Sando

Drasko’s Hot Chicken’s Signature Sando.

Drasko’s Hot Chicken directions

Drasko’s can be found at 148 Scarborough Beach Road in Mount Hawthorn. It is part of The Mezz shopping centre on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Flinders Street. You will find it hard to miss as it is visible from the road. It is roughly a 15 – 20 minute drive from the CBD depending on traffic.

You can comfortably find parking as part of the shopping centre, accessible from Flinders Street. Alternatives include behind the IGA Mount Hawthorn or Lupo Lab Mount Hawthorn, both across the road from Drasko’s.

If going by bus there is a stop at the IGA, Scarborough Beach Road before Coogee Street (Stop ID: 27184) or just before The Mezz at Scarborough Beach Road after Flinders Street (Stop ID: 12582).

Final thoughts

If you’re a heat seeker, Drasko’s Hot Chicken should probably be on the top of the list. The Sandos ended up slightly messy feed, but definitely some of the best fried chicken in Perth (being the only Nashville style hot chicken as well).

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