The round-up: the best Chinese restaurants on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast has its fair share of top-notch Chinese eateries, from opulent waterfront dining rooms to classic hidden gems tucked away in the backstreets. The good news for those keen to devour some dumplings, savour some san choy bau and chomp on some crispy duck is that we’ve done all of the legwork for you. We’ve put together a tasty list of some of the Gold Coast’s best Chinese dining spots, so that all you have to do is turn up and ready your chopsticks.
Uncle Su at The Star, Broadbeach: Adding to an already expansive array of eating options at The Star, Uncle Su opened late last year and is delivering much-loved Cantonese dishes with some tasty tweaks. Under the expert eye of executive chef Song Yao Su, the menu is packed with toothsome morsels drawing inspiration from his globe-trotting career that spans tenures from Hong Kong to Las Vegas. The new venue’s name draws inspiration from the term “Uncle” in Chinese tradition that indicates respect – a fitting moniker for a dining locale led by a chef with more than 35 years of experience. Expect a contrast between Chinese tradition and modern Australian, coming together for an experience that’s simultaneously fresh and decadent.
Mr Hizola’s, Burleigh Heads: The much-loved locale Mr Hizola’s focuses on share-style dining driven by a flavour-packed Cantonese-inspired menu. The dishes are split into categories – from the sea, from the land, from the coop, from the field, from the garden, and noodles and rice. There’s also a hefty dim sum selection, where you’ll find everything from pork potstickers to kale and mushroom wontons. Can’t decide? Go for the Emperor’s Feast.
Grand Dynasty, Broadbeach: Yum cha is the hero here, putting you into an induced food coma with morsels of steamed (and hand-made) dumplings and dim sims, barbecue steamed buns and fried delights like wontons and taro dumplings. The extensive main menu is dotted with authentic eats – think hot-and-sour soup to start, before upping the ante with share plates like Peking duck, traditional hot pots, and signatures like Singapore chilli mud crabs. To finish? Mango pancakes, of course.
Yum Cha Gallery, Burleigh Waters: Celebrate China’s rich history and culinary artistry at Yum Cha Gallery at Treetops Shopping Centre. The Canton-Chinese menu offers traditional and contemporary favourites such as honey-glazed barbecue pork, congee with an array of proteins and some mouth-watering soup buns. A treat for your tastebuds.
Lummy’s Chinese, Burleigh Waters: Lummy’s is a local favourite, and for good reason! The long-standing dining institution offers an array of Chinese favourites and fresh stir-fries. If you’ve got multiple mouths to feed, Lummy’s offers a range of budget-friendly combo deals as well as an impressive selection of banquet options. Hot tip, try the Sichuan beef!
Dragon Cove, Sanctuary Cove: Overlooking the Sanctuary Cove marina, Dragon Cove is your northern go-to for modern Chinese with a view. The extensive menu suits a range of tastes, with peking duck, live seafood and all of your traditional favourites done with a hint of modern flair.
Ally Chow, Nobby Beach: This modern-Asian eatery in Nobby Beach may not be strictly Chinese, but its sprinkling of Southeast-Asian influences allow for a fresh take on traditional favourites. The neon-lit eatery serves up delicious bites such as sticky pork belly with banana-blossom salad, gloriously glutinous duck bao and brisket spring rolls. For the more indecisive diners among us, the banquet includes an array of delectable fare.
Jasmine Room, Southport: Here you’ll find a modern spin on traditional Chinese cuisine, along with stellar views over Southport’s Broadwater Parklands. You can munch on authentic favourites, devour its popular dumplings, or opt for the peking duck, carved right there at your table.
Miami Rice, Miami: This local favourite has been serving up its Chinese-Malay delicacies to both locals and tourists alike for many years now, but it remains one of the most highly-regarded Chinese eateries in the area. The Cantonese crispy roast duck is a showstopper, but there are many delights to discover including the spicy kung po chicken and the Hong Kong-style ho fun with beef and beansprouts.
Uncle Bill’s Kitchen, Southport: This quaint hang packs a punch in the flavour department. At 65 years young, head chef Uncle Bill has been cooking his signature dishes since he was 16, so it’s fair to say he’s had some time to master his craft. The extensive menu includes all your traditional favourites including Cantonese chicken, pork, beef, duck and fish dishes, with a few modern eats like baos thrown in for extra deliciousness. Don’t go past Uncle Bill’s signature duck and barbecue honey pork.
Royal Dynasty, Surfers Paradise: Royal Dynasty in Circle on Cavill shines a light on authentic Cantonese flavours with a focus on seafood, specifically Australian king crab, lobster and abalone. Take a seat in the elaborately decorated oriental dining room and stick your chopsticks into Chinese delights like deep-fried prawn dumplings and crispy skin Peking duck.
Dim Sum Delights, Robina: We love hidden gems. This delightful space is nestled in the backstreets of Robina, along Ron Penhaligon Way, and is often bursting at the seams with locals, Chinese ex-pats and tourists on the hunt for authentic fare. Into yum cha? This is where you want to go.
Peking Duck, Labrador: This popular dining space relocated to the AQUA building in Labrador from its original locale in Hope Island and has been serving authentic Chinese cuisine to the northern end of the Gold Coast for more than ten years. As the name suggests, you’ll find China’s most celebrated dish – Peking duck – the favourite among the local crowd.
Canton Road, Hope Island: A true northern gem, Canton Road Chinese Kitchen can be found at Hope Island Marketplace. The extensive a la carte menu meanders from baos to a mouth-watering array of proteins, but if you simply cannot decide, the banquet is an excellent choice. Oh, did we mention there’s a dedicated Pearl Tea bar? Diners can sip freshly brewed tea using imported oriental tea leaves.
Mamasan Kitchen & Bar, Broadbeach: While not solely Chinese, Mamasan is known for fusing an array of Asian cuisines to create one of the most delicious oriental menus in town. Chinese delicacies are peppered across Mama’s menu – start with the Pork san choy bau, move on to the sticky chilli bean hot-and-sweet eggplant and Peking duck pancakes, before finishing on a high note with the Sichuan salted duck with Chinese five-spiced plum sauce. What a saucy dream.
Yum Cha Cuisine, various locations: If you’re after classic Chinese and yum cha feasts in a modern setting, then Yum Cha Cuisine’s various Gold Coast locations will satisfy your cravings for everything deep-fried, steamed and barbecued. You’ll find Yum Cha Cuisine at Robina Town Centre, Harbour Town and Pacific Fair. Braised bean-curd hot pot, anyone?
If your culinary cravings extend to a broader definition of Asian fusion, you simply must try Fu Manchu Oriental on Chevron Island, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar in Broadbeach and Eddy + Wolff in Robina. Still hungry? Check out our list of best Japanese restaurants.
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