We've all been there. You're heading out with some friends for a meal but — nightmare of nightmares — it's your turn to organise, and the pressure is on. Having to choose a place to dine can result in full on panic attacks, not least because fantastic new Brisbane restaurants are popping up everywhere! Making decisions is haaaard.
As you wrestle with the implications of picking a venue, location, and time others will likely hate and subsequently being booted from your friendship group, may we suggest taking a step back from the situation. What you need is a reliable option that you know will deliver the goods, a Brisbane restaurant that's central, with a casual vibe and a menu that's big on deliciousness.
Open for little more than eighteen months, Chow House has already gained a loyal following of New Farm locals. Not only boasting some prime real estate on James Street (they're right outside the Palace Cinema), Chow House has championed the casual indoor/outdoor dining experience that's quintessential of a good Brisbane meal. Encased by plantation louvers and lush hanging plants, this James Street restaurant is also perfect for day-time dining (which is handy, because they do cracking breakfast and lunch menus).
With Head Chef Timmy Kemp at the helm, a focus on Asian street-style fare is the go here, and everything on the menu is simple and delicious.
We've already brought your attention to the airy delights that are their coconut crumpets with passionfruit curd here, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Chow House is the perfect venue to grab a group of mates, order a round of quirky Asian-inspired cocktails, and chow down (had to be done — sorry!) on their street-food inspired menu. Our picks are the slow roasted barbecue pork ribs, Thai fried buttermilk chicken, confit duck spring rolls, and, of course, the crepes with Belgian chocolate custard, salty peanut ice cream, caramel sauce, and roasted hazelnuts.
And it's not just the menu we're nuts about. Great service, knowledgeable staff, a chef with a professional background worthy of her own cook book deal, and owners with a passion for food and good times, it's hard not to love this James Street restaurant. We'll meet you there, cocktail in one hand, fork in the other.
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