Got a hankering for funky Asian food and crazy décor? I’ve got just the place where you can Chu The Phat!
Newish in Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Chu The Phat celebrates Chef Brendan Barker’s style of Asian street food at almost Asian street food prices. If you order the express banquet, which includes ten dishes for $45 per person, you are only paying $4.50 a serve which sounds pretty close to street food prices to me.
Inspired by the hawker stalls of Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, this is a multi-level restaurant and bar from the group that brought you the popular Madame Wu on Eagle Street.
The décor is industrial with quirky pops of colour and Asian nostalgia, so there’s plenty to occupy the eye while you wait for your food.
I particularly like the coloured circles hanging from the ceiling over the outside bar on the side of the building.
Chu the Phat straddles a space between busy Melbourne Street where it is flanked by Gelato Messina and Fish Lane which has gone from a disused service route to one of Brisbane’s most vibrant eat streets.
Ground level invites scenes of the open-plan kitchen, where you might glimpse chefs with plates of crispy pork dumplings and fermented chilli, fragrant brisket, rice noodles, and iron eggs.
I’d recommend trying the chu chiko roll with pat chun tomato sauce which will erase any bad memories you have of past chiko rolls.
The express banquet includes a wide range of filling dishes. Expect punchy kung pao chicken wings, crisp fried pig’s tails, soft chicken and mushroom dumplings, steamed duck buns, pork dumplings with tomato relish, loin’s head meatball sandwich (my fave), fried chicken that will remind you of the colonel, wok greens with a house made oyster sauce and a bowl of steamed rice.
Dishes emerge from the kitchen as they are cooked here so things can get a little crazy at times but it’s all good fun.
I would recommend getting a table on the edge of the restaurant if you don’t like noisy spaces. People tend to chew the fat here, loudly and the industrial décor is not forgiving.
Where can you Chu The Phat
Find Chu The Phat at 109 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane. chuthephat.com.au
Parking is in high demand in South Brisbane, and my best tip is save yourself from the stress of looking for a street park. Just head for a parking station.
Their website says bookings after 6.30pm will only be taken for groups of eight, however, based on my recent dining experience, I would check that with the restaurant when you want to dine. It’s a busy place, so if you can’t book get there early or be prepared to queue.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was partially hosted.