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Posted March 12, 2012 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Occasion
 
 

ATL Maranatha, Ultimo

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ATL Maranatha in Ultimo has closed. Visit them at Kensington!

In my continued quest for really good deep-fried chicken, I recently invited my sister to join me on a lunch adventure to ATL Maranatha.

After reading about this delicacy called Ayam Goreng Tulang Lunak (fried soft bone chicken) here, here and here, and discovering that a new branch had opened up nearby our workplaces, we just had to try it!

ATL Maranatha Ultimo

ATL Maranatha was the first restaurant to bring fried soft bone chicken to Australia. I’ve read that the Kensington restaurant is fairly small, but this new one at Ultimo is much larger. It still carries across its emphasis on self-service though. The above photo, shows the notepad and pen which we have to use to write down our own orders!

Everything else from cutlery to table water and prawn crackers are also self-serve.

ATL Maranatha Ultimo

The concept of fried soft bone chicken, is that chicken pieces
are cooked in a pressure cooker then deep-fried. This special cooking
technique makes the chicken bones so brittle, it becomes edible!

You read that right… the bones are edible.

The ‘special menu’ features three set menus, each at $18. We decide to share set menu A which include a 1/4 fried soft bone chicken, a plate of gado gado, a choice of fried tofu or tempeh, and a bowl of steamed rice.

Close up of ATL Maranatha fried soft bone chicken

Served with a delicious punchy sambal on the side, the chicken is hidden beneath our fried tofu and a snow of deep-fried batter bits – much like the Japanese tenkasu.

Every slice of chicken is cut with ease. It’s a strange sensation cutting through a bone. Visually, it looks like any other ordinary bone which you’d eat around, but this one shatters upon slight pressure.

Taste-wise, the bone is like crumbly bone marrow… Meanwhile, the chicken meat is perfectly tender and juicy.

Fried soft bone chicken at ATL Maranatha

The gado gado is blanched water spinach, bean sprouts, cucumber, and iceberg lettuce with peanut sauce, fried onion and prawn crackers. It isn’t anything spectacular but it does make the meal appear more balanced! ;)

Gado Gado at ATL Marantha

To finish, we share the Es Campur ($5), a dessert-like drink featuring avocado, jackfruit, palm seeds and various jellies in a rose syrup flavoured milk. The Mardi Gras of colours and the variety of textures makes this such a fun dish to end the lunch-time adventure with!

Ais Campur at ATL Maranatha

I’ve eaten here a few times since my first encounter and the novelty of eating fried soft bone chicken is slowly rubbing off. It’s not really something I crave but it does get me excited every time I think about eating an entire chicken maryland and not leaving a single crumb or bone behind!

So I’ve ticked this one dish off the list now… Would you try it?


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ATL Maranatha
Shop 96, Taragon Central, 732 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW
(There’s also an entrance on George Street just opposite Railway Square)
Phone: (02) 9281 7879
Opens Mon-Sun, 11am-10pm

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Also at Kensington:
61 Todman Avenue, Kensington, NSW
(Corner of Todman Avenue & Baker Street)
Phone: (02) 9663 3410
Opens: Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm & 6-9pm; Sun 12-4pm & 6-9pm; closed Tues & Wed


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.