Charcoal Chicken

kenk 17 July 2007 29

For years we frequently patronised the Charcoal Chicken place in Manuka but it closed down about six years ago when its lease expired. Then we used Kingsleys Chicken in Queanbeyan but (dammit) this closed down too – last time I passed the premises were still vacant.

Does anyone know if the Manuka operation resurfaced anywhere? I think Kingsleys franchises survive though I have never located one.

Is there a charcoal chicken place surviving in Canberra/Queanbeyan?

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29 Responses to Charcoal Chicken
Absent Diane Absent Diane 2:58 pm 19 Jul 07

yeah jackos was great!

justbands justbands 2:45 pm 19 Jul 07

Robertos dial a pizza was the best…same era as Jackos, just better.

bonfire bonfire 1:25 pm 19 Jul 07

i think thats the one.

caf caf 11:18 am 19 Jul 07


bonfire bonfire 10:22 am 19 Jul 07

there was a great pizza delivery service in the early 90’s….

DOMINATED canberra….

now its name escapes me.

bought out by a multinational.

not dial-a-dinos (remember the apple crumble pizza?) but something else…

caf caf 11:39 pm 18 Jul 07

Oh yeah, I remember Golden Continental Chicken too! I think it was closer to the mid ninties that it closed though.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 9:03 pm 18 Jul 07

I miss the greatest BBQ Chook of them all – the Golden Continental Chicken at Mawson. It was owned by the Katheklakis family, and did the best roast chicken, chips, roast spuds and everything else. It closed in about 1992…

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:42 pm 18 Jul 07

Kingsley’s do own both the QBN and also Lanyon premises. And suffer an inordinate number of break-ins and premises damage as a result of leaving them empty. FIIK why they aren’t open though, you’d need to ask Kingsley Varr himself.
Kingsley is quite real, and runs offices out of Dundas Court in Phillip, and they can be contacted by phone.
Go check your own Whitepages.

shiny flu shiny flu 12:15 pm 18 Jul 07

I remember getting chicken from Regal Charcoal Chicken as a kid… always was good. Although that would mean driving into Charnwood, being attacked by psuedo gangs and being blinded by the shine off their fake gold ‘bling’.

ant ant 8:49 pm 17 Jul 07

I could’ve written the original post! We mourned the demise of the Manuka charcoal chicken. We could even ring them and place our order (and this was back in the 80s). A chook and 2 bags of chips. The taste of that chook was sublime.
and then we used Kingsley’s in Queanbeyan! They had really cheap Sara Lee 1 litre ice cream, too (like the ultra chocolate). It’s still all curtained, crazy. It’s in such a prime spot, on Crawford st with TONS of easy parking all around it.
We’ve tried the place in Braddon (behind the new ANU residences?) and it’s OK.
Also, the little supermarket in Campbell shops has decent BBQ chooks but sometimes they run out.

But key is that they are BBQ, and you can drive up. I guess there’s always coles and woolies but it’s not the same. Woolies chooks are better than Coles chooks though!

asp asp 8:47 pm 17 Jul 07

Oporto anyone. Healthy (well, healthier) and tasty too.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 8:46 pm 17 Jul 07

I like chicken cut into smallish pieces so I eat it a la suppository.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 8:32 pm 17 Jul 07

There’s a restaurant in Manuka called Vasco’s Portuguese Grill. Last time we were there (mind you, was a while ago!) they had the yummiest charcoal type chicken…

Meconium Meconium 7:57 pm 17 Jul 07

“Go on have a bath, you’re very messy.” lol! I think he might be drunk or stoned… Pool room for the above quote please.

OT, did takeaways stop calling themselves “charcoal” chicken when they found out that eating charcoal gives you cancer?

Speaking of takeaways, I met this dumb queanbo today who said he worked part-time in a takeaway there. I asked him what kind of food they had, and he said “Good.” It was bizarre, he wasn’t even joking…

Meconium Meconium 7:50 pm 17 Jul 07

AD’s posts above are rad.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 6:35 pm 17 Jul 07

Is Kingsley’s chicken roasted over charcoal?

pierce pierce 6:14 pm 17 Jul 07

I’ll vouch for the potato cakes (or scallops if you will) at the Lowanna St chicken shop (and burgers) but I haven’t tried the chicken.

barking toad barking toad 4:45 pm 17 Jul 07

Cook ya own

Cheaper and tastes better

Absent Diane Absent Diane 4:27 pm 17 Jul 07

Yeah I hide my beard on my arse so I don’t get kebab stuck on my face.. because that would make it sooo obvious… he HAS a beard, there IS a kebab stuck in it – He MUST be terror!!!

Maelinar Maelinar 4:15 pm 17 Jul 07

Anybody eating a Kebab can be arrested for indirect contact with Terrorism.

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