We’ve been huge fans of Fu Manchu on Chevron Island since its inception back in 2016. So, when we found out they were opening a sister venue, we were buzzing to get inside, and we can confirm it’s just as tasty as we’d hoped.
Located on Isle of Capri in the Capri on Via Roma precinct, Madam Fu is sitting pretty on the edge of the centre boasting lush waterside views. There’s even a public boat ramp so if you’d like to arrive in style via the water, you can!
The venue was once just a string of kiosks but the team at Fu have transformed it, turning it into an inviting venue that wouldn’t look out of place in a Chinese village, right down to the moody lighting and mouth-watering aromas wafting from the kitchen.
The open seating area, which can comfortably fit 80, features polished concrete floors and black butt wooden tables that they salvaged from a 1950s beach shack in Broadbeach. Sustainability factor–big tick!
The menu is equally sustainable with the seafood and fresh produce all locally and ethically sourced. Just like its big sister, Madam Fu is serving up seriously tasty modern Asian eats. Here, you’re encouraged to share, which basically means you’ve got permission to order just about everything on the menu.
Broken into smaller bites, as well as garden, ocean and pasture, everyone’s dietaries are catered for. We recommend starting with the smoked Mooloolaba tuna, wild wood sorrel and finger lime—it’s melt-in-your-mouth amazing and served in a smoked cloche.
Next, order the wonton tacos. Coming in four pieces, you can choose between the beef rendang with cucumber, pineapple salsa and yoghurt, the smoked trout with aromatic slaw and avocado. Or, opt for our fave, the chilli soy mushroom with tofu and crispy garlic.
Still hungry? You can’t go past their fluffy bao. Try the Sichuan snapper with fried egg mayo and pickled jalapenos or the crispy ssamjang chicken with kewpie and cucumber pickle.
In larger dishes there’s flavour bombs like the kung pao lamb ribs with warrigal greens, the grilled octopus with smoked wakame broth and yuzu kosho and a fresh smashed cucumber salad with beans, soba noodles and roasted peanuts.
Tipple-wise there’s a selection of Asian beers (Sapporo, Asahi, Tiger, 333) as well as local and international red, white and sparkling, plus a bunch of soon-to-be-announced cocktails—all of which were picked to pair perfectly with their tasty menu.
Madam Fu is open for lunch from 11:30am from Wednesday to Sunday and for dinner, from 5pm.
We’ll see you there.
Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List