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Meet Casa Chow, Woolloongabba’s Knockout New Chinese-Peruvian Restaurant

By Ranyhyn Laine – who always has time to go to breakfast, no matter how busy she is.

stunning interiors of casa chow
plates of empanadas, wings and ceviche
plates of skewers and pickled cucumber
plate of beef skewers
bowl of wings and sauce
pink pisco sour cocktail
stunning interiors of casa chow
plates of empanadas, wings and ceviche
plates of skewers and pickled cucumber
plate of beef skewers
bowl of wings and sauce
pink pisco sour cocktail

You’re well acquainted with Chinese fare, and while Peruvian food might be a little more unfamiliar, you’ve probably at least sampled ceviche—but what happens when you put the two together? You get Chifa, an unexpected cuisine that fuses classic Cantonese flavours with Peruvian staples—and that’s exactly what’s on show at Woolloongabba’s new restaurant. 

Casa Chow comes to us from the duo behind Sasso Italiano, one of 2021’s standout openings and a fellow resident of up and coming foodie precinct, South City Square, so you can expect good things. Pegged as a high energy bar and restaurant, Casa Chow is as much about the drinks as it is the food, with a DJ booth to provide a backdrop of Latin beats as you wine and dine. 

pink booths inside casa chow

Plenty of effort has gone into designing the jaw-dropping venue, which features a few Peruvian elements like colourful wooden shutters and patterned tiles. Hidden away behind the large central bar are plush blue booths lit by mismatched chandeliers and divided by sheer pink curtains, with high tables scattered throughout the rest of the space and cosy nooks here and there for anyone just dropping in for a drink. When the weather warms up (hopefully soon), a large outdoor area will provide even more seating, though you can already embrace the chill air if you’re suitably rugged up. 

corner tables inside casa chow

As for the menu, prepare to be intrigued—and impressed. You’ll start with drinks of course, and where Sasso Italiano focuses on Negronis, Casa Chow instead has a dedicated Pisco Sour menu, with five different variations of the South American sip to drink your way through. Our pick? The Chino Latino, with Pampero Blanco, hibiscus, fresh lemon, passionfruit soda, absinthe, skeleton leaf and pineapple leaf. There’s also a lengthy list of creative signature cocktails (including a Plum Pisco Negroni that we’d recommend sampling) and piscos, as well as a handful of local and South American beers and wines.

several plates of dim sum with cocktails

Once your thirst is sated, it’s time to turn your attention to the food. Get your Google Translate app out, because you may need it to interpret dishes like croquetas de yuca (cassava croquettes), anticuchos de corazon skewers (beef heart) and lomo saltada (Peruvian stir-fried beef). Starting with either the tuna or kingfish ceviche served with crispy wontons is a must, and you can’t go wrong with the potato and chorizo empanadas either. 

On the more Cantonese side of things, the dim sum menu offers up the likes of XO crab spring rolls, crispy fish bao buns and mushroom and truffle dumplings, while the wok and grill section features options such as dan dan noodles, sweet and sour chicken and swhole sticky baby barramundi. 

Whether you’re in the market for a waistband busting feast or just a few sneaky snacks and cocktails, Casa Chow is a must visit. Get all the details here

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