Chu the Phat
109 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
07 3255 2075
South Brisbane’s Fish Lane Precinct is renowned for its buzzing character and copious culinary choices. When strolling through the six blocks that make up this eclectic area, keep an eye out for Chu the Phat, a restaurant with a melting pot of Asian flavours and innovative takes on traditional cuisine.
Chu the Phat imitates the energetic ambience of street-food dining, providing a casual setting to enjoy the tastes, sounds and smells of authentic Asian cooking. This is Executive Chef, Brendon Barker’s third venture in Brisbane, following the immense popularity of Madame Wu and Embassy XO. For this South Brisbane venue he has taken a very versatile approach, offering everything from banquet feasting and takeaway to after-work drinks and corporate dining.
Chu the Phat’s striking interiors were put together by designer, Paul Papadopolous. The industrial décor offers a raw, contemporary vibe set off by modern touches – the innovative light installations make for a truly playful setting. The ground floor reveals an open-plan kitchen, with sounds and scents of sizzling flavours sending you straight to the string of hawker stalls in Hong Kong or Thailand. The second floor opens onto a more intimate dining space, perfect for banquet dining.
The banquet menu features menu staples like the pork and kimchi spring rolls, Cone Bay barramundi and white-cut chicken with watercress and cucumber, seasoned with chilli and sesame oil. From the a la carte menu, the crispy pork dumplings are a must, as are the dan dan noodles with pickles and stewed pork cheek. Soak up the delicious flavours with a steamed duck bun or stir-fried wok greens with home-made oyster sauce.
Chu the Phat’s playful nature is stronger than ever in its cocktail list, with cheeky twists scattered throughout. Opt for the Phat Boy Slim, combining tequila, grapefruit, lime, balsamic and jalapenos to keep things spicy. If dinner has left you too full for dessert, why not try a sweet cocktail to finish things off, like The Chusen One, a Nutella espresso martini that blends chocolate and coffee liqueurs with hazelnut sauce into one decadent concoction.
For something a little lighter, there is a range of liqueurs and aperitifs, as well as an extensive wine list to cleanse your palate before, during and after the meal.
Be it a quick bite during your lunch break or a long boozy lunch where you can sit back and really chew the fat, the team at this South Brisbane venue is showing no signs of slowing down, making for the ideal Asian street-food dining experience.