The round-up: Brisbane’s best Chinese restaurants
Forget about your quick and easy takeaway joint – authentic Chinese cuisine should be properly enjoyed in the right setting. There are several spots across Brisbane that serves delicious dishes of Chinese cuisine with great atmosphere and service. Do yourself a favour and enjoy the full spectrum of tastes that Chinese cuisine affords and you’ll find yourself never settling for bain marie sweet and sour pork.
Happy Boy: One of the first places you should try is definitely Happy Boy, which offers up regional-style Chinese food in a refined setting. Happy Boy sets the benchmark with dishes such as crispy bao sliders, fish slice drowned in Sichuan chilli broth and flash-fried lamb in Sichuan spiced oil. Happy Boy recently moved to some slick new digs in The Valley, which is another great reason to check it out soon!
Chu The Phat: One of Fish Lane’s biggest tenancies is home to the spacious and vibrant eatery Chu The Phat, owned and operated by the culinary minds behind Madam Wu on Eagle Street. Chu The Phat takes inspiration and flavours from the street food scenes of Hong Kong and Taiwan, with a large menu of options including smoked and fried duck with pickled green chilli sauce, Diamond Shell clams tossed with pork mince and Black Onyx beef stir fried with Jerusalem artichokes.
Little Hong Kong BBQ: This Sunnybank spot is indeed little, with patrons cramming into the small space to get a taste of the authentic barbecue on offer. Crispy pork belly, roast duck, BBQ pork and other meaty morsels are piled high, with a large range of other dishes available to fill the gaps.
The Little Cube: Another Sunnybank spot that you must visit is The Little Cube, which specialises in Sichuan cuisine. Quick service and great value can be found here, as well as a range of tasty dishes such as braised chicken pieces with mushroom, pork belly cooked in spicy bean past, garlic and tender leeks and deep-fried ice-cream for dessert.
Fat Dumpling: Some of the most authentic Chinese dumplings in Brisbane can be found at Fat Dumpling. Both the Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills locations serve up plates of poached, steamed and pan-fried dumplings with a range of other meals including shredded chicken noodle soup, crispy chicken curry with rice and traditional fried rice.
New Shanghai: Queens Plaza is home to New Shanghai, which offers modern Shanghai-style cuisine incorporating soup dumplings, noodles, hot pots and pan-fired buns. If you drool at the sight of plates upon plates of dumplings, or can’t get enough spicy soup, you have found your next dinner destination.
Sichuan Bang Bang: The south-west Chinese province is a veritable goldmine for tasty food, as evidenced by the popular Sichuan Bang Bang chain. Peking duck pancakes, Shanghainese pork spare ribs, sizzling Singapore chilli prawns and Kung Pao chicken are just a few of the must-try dishes on the menu. You can sample the sumptuous fare in Kenmore, Paddington and Wilston.
Fat Noodle: Luke Nguyen’s acclaimed Chinese and Vietnamese noodle bar is a great place to warm up over a bowl of broth. If slurping soup isn’t your thing, try Fat Noodle’s Hainan chicken, stir fry spicy beef, sizzling calamari plate or the duck and prawn fried rice.
Madame Wu: Situated at Riparian Plaza, Madame Wu is a swanky 200-seater that boasts a menu of cuisine from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Settle in for some light fare including wagyu dumplings and stir-fried mushrooms before tucking in to beef cheeks braised in rock sugar and soy, broken rice noodle with pork mince and dak bal sauce or go all in on a banquet.
Peng You China Kitchen & Bar: Newstead’s Peng You sits opposite Gasworks Plaza and does away with sticky plastic tablecloths, trades fortune cookies for quenching cocktails and offers a menu of bites such as crispy skin quail, Chinese five spiced calamari, Hong Kong style roast duck and sizzling Mongolian lamb.
Ben’s Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant: Another hybrid location offers some great lively atmosphere and inexpensive but tasty fare. Dishes such as grilled marinated pork chops, Peking steak, flame pork ribs special sauce, BYO and karaoke? Sign us up!
King of Kings: This Fortitude Valley icon is the home to some of the best yum cha in town, cementing its legacy through consistency over a long period of time. If plates piled high with steamed dim sum, glutinous dumplings and deep-fried squid make you salivate, book a table ASAP.
100 Degree: Does the word ‘buffet’ get you excited? If so, then 100 Degree is well worth your time. Specialising in tasty hot pots, 100 Degree offers four soup bases with plenty ingredients to cook at your table. The buffet also included spring rolls, dim sims and sweet and sour pork – so dig in!
Little Red Dumpling: Sunnybank Hills boasts a vibrant home for delicious dumplings, which has long been a symbol for happiness in Chinese culture. Pan-fried pork dumplings, pork chives, vegetarian and chicken and prawn dumplings are available in spades, plus a range of noodle and rice dishes and Chinese tea.
Landmark Restaurant: Anyone that visits Sunnybank regularly will tell you that Landmark Restaurant is one of the best places to eat. Period. That being said, it is also one of Brisbane’s best spots to get your fix of authentic Chinese food. The yum cha selection here is almost unparalleled – be sure to come hungry.
Dumpling Republic: If the name didn’t clue you in, this spot is one of the best locations for dumplings. Dumpling Republic has turned dumpling making into an art form, with picture-perfect parcels of yumminess available by the truckload.
Trang: This West End spot boasts a hybrid menu of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, with proper attention paid to both sides. This spot is perfect for dining with friends with prompt service and BYO available.
Super Bowl: Fortitude Valley revellers love kicking off their night with a sizeable feast at Super Bowl – its location and cost-effective dishes make it the ideal destination for dinner before you hit the town on an evening out. BYO is available, and if it’s your birthday expect the staff to make a bit of a fuss – ice-cream topped with sparklers and a birthday song bringing all the attention to your table.
Enjoy Inn: Whether you are wandering around Fortitude Valley or Hamilton, you have a great Chinese spot close at hand with Enjoy Inn. Enjoy Inn is a beloved mainstay in the Chinese cuisine scene of Brisbane. feast on baskets of dumplings and pork buns to your heart’s content or sample some of the other choice dishes on the menu.
Know of a place you think we’ve missed? Send your Chinese restaurant recommendations to [email protected] and we’ll make sure to check it out! Also be sure to read up on Brisbane’s best yum cha with our mouth-watering dim sum and yum cha round-up!
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