Wonderbird flies into Burleigh with better-for-you chicken and summer salads
Sometimes we’re all about green smoothies and wellness bowls, and other times … let’s just say, if it’s crispy and fried, we’re here for it. It’s called balance and if we’re honest, we tend to sway towards the latter a little more than we should. Whether your hankering is for something light and delicious or a little naughtier, Wonderbird is here to cater to both crowds with a brand-new chook nook on the Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh Heads.
As you may have deducted, Wonderbird is all about that finger-lickin’ chicken. The casual eatery is the handiwork of Adrian Morrissy, who has been in the hospitality game for two decades – you’re likely familiar with his other concept, Wok in a Box. Adrian has been visiting the Gold Coast on family holidays his entire life, all the while dreaming of opening a chicken shop that did things a little differently. When a former real estate office site came up for lease in Burleigh Heads, Adrian jumped at the opportunity to bring Wonderbird to life and enlisted a hatted chef to help craft the venue’s unique recipes. With Wonderbird’s chicken, it’s all about that base (okay, so that’s probably not what Meghan Trainor was singing about, but we digress). Wonderbird has forgone the regular run-of-the-mill chicken coating in favour of a lighter, gluten-free alternative that not only absorbs less oil but features native Australian flavours including lemon myrtle and saltbush. The chicken is also free range and is available fried or grilled (plus there’s a plant-based option for meat-free mates), so it’s generally better for you than some of the fast-food alternatives.
Once you’ve made the tough decision of how you want your chicken, you are faced with another – do you fancy it in a salad with mango and basil, on a burger or as-is with a side of chips? Then comes the sauce quandary – rather than just your regular aioli and tomato options, Wonderbird has added a couple of fiery creations including jalapeno and lemon myrtle, and watermelon and habanero, but be warned – they pack a flavour punch. Adrian is in the process of sorting a liquor license, but for now, patrons can sip soft drinks, coconut water and kombucha.
Keen to check it out? Fly over to our Stumble Guide for opening times.
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