Brisbane boasts an array of excellent spots plating up Chinese cuisine. From traditional dim sum to mouthwatering Peking duck, there’s no shortage of delicious options to satisfy your cravings.
Prepare to be transported to the bustling streets of Beijing, the aromatic spice markets of Chengdu, and the vibrant food stalls of Shanghai – all without leaving the comfort of the Queensland capital.
1. Donna Chang
Located in the heart of the city, this elegant eatery is a must-visit for culinary adventurers seeking well-executed Cantonese and Sichuan flavours with a contemporary edge. From handcrafted, creative takes on dim sum to the flavour-packed dan dan noodles, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds at Donna Chang. The ever-changing menu at this George Street spot is driven by local ingredients, with vegan and coeliac options also available. The drinks programme here is another highlight, with a pan-Asian-inspired list of cocktails and non-alc serves complemented by an impressive international wine list.
📍171 George St, Brisbane City
Golden Palace is a mainstay of Brisbane’s Chinese dining scene, with a spacious dining area for any occasion, whether it’s a laid-back dinner or a celebration with your crew.
The extensive menu reads like a greatest hits selection of classic Cantonese sharing dishes and classic Australian-Chinese comfort dishes – think deep-fried salt and pepper soft shell crab, Shanghai soup dumplings, barbecue pork buns, honey chicken and more. Golden Palace is also one of the few remaining places in town boasting an aquarium with daily-caught seafood, so if you’ve got a craving for fresh King Island jumbo lobster, Queensland mud crab or abalone, you’ll find it here.
📍Level 1/624 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Located in the shadows of the Story Bridge, this two-tiered Cantonese diner is named for Hong Kong’s rugged Stanley Bay. It should come as no surprise, then, that Stanley showcases impeccable modern, seafood-forward Cantonese fare, such as deliciously golden Moreton Bay bug spring rolls, to the velvety and perfectly steamed Queensland coral trout served served traditionally with white soy, ginger and shallot. And while you’re here for the food, you’ll want to stick around for the front-row views of the Brisbane River and cityscape.
📍5 Boundary St, Brisbane City
4. Super Bowl
Family is at the heart of Wickham Street fave Super Bowl, a casual diner which presents hearty, share-friendly Malaysian Chinese fare. The fragrant laksa is a go-to here, while serviceable renditions of classics like golden deep-fried honey chicken, silky mapo tofu and fluffy prawn omelette don’t fail to disappoint either. Super Bowl is also a great shout if you’re on a budget, too, with banquets starting at less than $40.
📍185 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
5. Happy Boy
If you’re after contemporary Chinese eats complemented by small-producer Australian wines, look no further than Happy Boy.
Located in a cavernous industrial-style space just off Ann Street, this cooler-than-thou restaurant champions wok-cooked dishes from Hong Kong and southern China at prices that won’t break the bank – nothing on the menu is priced over $30. Indulge in dishes like the house fried rice served with shredded roast duck and tangy pickled vegetables, or slow-cooked beef cheek plated up in Happy Boy’s aptly named Very Flavourful Sauce. Can’t decide? Let the kitchen decide by opting for the generous banquet, which is a steal at just $49.
📍Under fairy-lit trees, East St, Fortitude Valley
6. Madame Wu
This Asian fusion restaurant on Eagle Street boasts stunning views of Story Bridge, creating an idyllic atmosphere for your next night out. The menu reimagines classic Chinese dishes with other pan-Asian flavours, resulting in dishes like standout wagyu dumplings served with Jerusalem artichoke purée and curry leaf oil, or tea-spiced English pork collar lifted with miso and macadamia, green apple and chilli jam.
From the stylish furniture to the impeccable presentation, Madame Wu pays meticulous attention to detail. That, alongside the food, wine and vistas from your table, are sure to impress.
📍Upper Plaza Level, 71 Eagle St, Brisbane City
7. Tai Tai
With generous portions designed to share and a wide range of Chinese and South East Asian flavours, sleek South Bank spot Tai Tai is the perfect place to gather with friends for a meal.
When it comes to food, the considered menu features well-executed classics ranging from soups, dim sum and bao buns to meats, seafood and vegetarian options. The curated cocktail list has plenty to choose from too, while there’s also an impressive selection of wines available by the glass.
📍114 Grey St, South Brisbane
Get ready to experience the best of Chinese cuisine in Brisbane. The city’s top Chinese restaurants offer an authentic taste of the Far East, right in the heart of Queensland. With their tantalising flavours and warm hospitality, these culinary gems are not to be missed. So whether you’re seeking a quick and tasty meal on the go or a leisurely feast with friends, Brisbane’s Chinese foodie scene has something for everyone. Don’t miss out on Wok and Roll – your passport to an unforgettable food adventure awaits.