The kind of place where you want to just order one of everything and see how much your appetite can handle, Chu Bistro has landed in Bowen Hills for pan-Asian feasts with some serious flare.
Taking over a space on the corner of Campbell Street and Mayne Road, the new eatery is one from Joe Zhu, who, even if you don’t recognise the name, you will recognize from his other venue—Picnic Cafe in Camp Hill. Rest assured that the same creativity that goes on the brunch plates there has made it over to Chu Bistro, so whether you work or live in the area, you’ll want to pop in to check it out.
With industrial styling, sky high ceilings and wide windows overlooking the street for prime people watching views, the restaurant and bar is uber casual, perfect for midweek lunches or last minute dinner plans with the crew. But while what you’ll find on the menu seems perfectly matched to the casual air, it’s pretty clear that plenty of work goes into these dishes.
From the pork and chicken chive dumplings in lashings of chilli oil to the crispy fried eggplant with szechuan dressing, the menu is made for sharing—though you might not want to after a bite of the turmeric marinated fried chicken cutlets doused in soy chilli sauce.
A signature is the fat rice noodles with Chinese sausage, fish cakes, chicken and eggs in soy sauce, but heftier dishes also include twice cooked sticky pork ribs and crispy skin duck, though there’s plenty to keep vegetarians sated too.
Meanwhile, at the bar, you’ll find a list of locally brewed beers and creative Asian-inspired cocktails like the Cherry Blossom—shaken up with gin, rose and vanilla dry vermouth, cherry jam, lemon and rose tea—or the Vietnamese espresso with rum, kahlua, espresso and sweetened condensed milk foam. Yes please.
If you happen to work around Bowen Hills, you should definitely pop in for the $10 lunch specials, but frankly, these guys are worth visiting at any time of day. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, you can get all the details here.
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