The lunar new year is only days away and it’s time to welcome the year of the sheep, or goat, or ram depending on where in Asia you are (the Chinese symbol yang can be translated as all three—bit of trivia!).
We are always happy to start the New Year as we mean to go on by indulging in our favourite hobby—food!
Brisbane’s best Chinese restaurants have us flocking to their establishments to chow down on the best yum cha, dumplings, and banquets on offer ranging from luxury to street eats.
Here’s our hit list of where to go in Brisbane for Chinese New Year.
For $88 per couple you can enjoy a special Yum Cha set menu at the Marriott from 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10pm including prawn on lemongrass, vegetable gyoza, satay chicken skewers and soy ginger pork belly. Available until 22 February.
This is one madame who knows her way around a Chinese New Year celebration. Sit down with your nearest and dearest at Madame Wu for a set banquet, and partake in a few of their insanely good, asian-inspired cocktails while you're at it (word on the street is they still have bookings available for tables of up to 30 guests—be quick!).
For one night only, on 18 February, you can splash out with a banquet at Augustine’s on George. You’ll be greeted by drinks and canapes on arrival (pork wontons, duck spring rolls and GF Mumm Champagne), followed by a sumptuous banquet menu including seared scallops, wagyu sirloin with black bean and garlic sauce and finish with lychee nuts with lemon sorbet. All matched with wines and finished off with green tea and sweet dumpling. $135 per person.
If you’re after something a bit more casual, grab some friends and head to Kwan Brothers for a glorious banquet meal for $35 per person. Pork belly bao sliders, crispy Peking duck spring rolls, charcoal grilled lamb ribs and pineapple rice are just a few dishes on offer. Best yet, a golden ticket will be hidden inside a fortune cookie which will send the lucky winner to Hong Kong!
Chop Chop Chang’s
From 18-22 February, you can drop by West End staple, Chop Chop Changs to enjoy a banquet comprising steamed Hervey Bay scallops with pickled vegetables and coriander, South Australia yellowtail kingfish salad, Tai Chin chicken wok tossed greens, barbequed soft pork ribs and spiced apple dumplings all for $49 per person. Wash it all down with one of their fantastic cocktails—a lychee martini or perhaps a Tom Yum Collins.
With some of Brisbane’s best Chinese restaurants on its doorstep, Sunnybank Plaza is also offering a range of food demonstrations including the art of ‘hand-pulled’ noodles (Thu/Fri 1:30-2:30pm) and fruit and vegetable carving (Wed 2-5pm).
Sichuan Bang Bang
Sichuan Bang Bang is one of our favourite Chinese restaurants in Brisbane, and while it may be too late to book into their four course banquet and dragon show (all booked!) but you can still rock up to watch the dragon show on the street with a beer and some street BBQ.
Want more of the best Chinese restaurants in Brisbane? Search ‘Chinese’ in our Directory!
Image credit: Daniel Maddock