Discover 10 new Asian restaurants across Australia, including cheap and cheerful eateries, inventive Asian breakfasts and sophisticated fine-diners.
Stop what you’re doing and get to Honcho Noodle in the Melbourne CBD. Adam Liston’s pan-Asian pop-up is only around until the end of September, so hightail it there for Korean noodles with pork belly, soft egg and chilli broth; the epic katsu-sando (a Japanese-style crumbed pork sandwich); or the salt and pepper squid with ink noodles and pork crackle. Come September, Honcho Noodle will find a permanent home on Punch Lane.
Overlooking the Hobart waterfront at Brooke Street Pier, sleek and stylish Aloft Restaurant offers an ever-changing menu of contemporary Asian fare. Local produce takes centre stage, so depending on the season, you might be treated to Japanese-style oysters with dashi broth, master stock pig’s ear, or Vietnamese roast lamb with braised mushrooms. It’s an intrepid, exciting line-up.
Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice thanks to Chippendale’s bustling Spice Alley in the Kensington Street precinct. The Kopi-Tiam quartet of cheap and cheerful eateries includes Singaporean delights at Alex Lee Kitchen, Old Jim Kee’s Penang-inspired hawker snacks, Thai fare at Bang Luck Thai Street Food, and Cantonese classics at Hong Kong Diner.
The clean, bright flavours of Vietnam have been given a mod reimagining at Jimmy Wah’s in the laidback beach ‘burb of Burleigh Heads. This sleek Gold Coast newcomer offers snappy lunches and dinners of crunchy bahn mi, punchy seafood salads and a luscious mocha flan, guaranteed to look great on Instagram.
Say goodbye to cereal and toast and pay a visit to Victor Liong’s Lawyer’s, Guns and Money in Melbourne’s legal district. Here, those in the know kickstart their day with warming bowls of blue swimmer crab congee or Sriracha-scrambled eggs with char siew-glazed bacon.
In the Queensland capital, the locals’ chilli addiction shows no signs of abating, with the opening of a third Sichuan Bang Bang restaurant. Get the chilli sweats in Kenmore, Paddington or the soon-to- open Wilston. Chongqing chicken, Sichuan-fried eggplant and fiery hot pots are just some of the mouth-tingling tastes on offer.
Proving once again that Sichuan food is oh-so- hot right now, comes the brand-spanking East London in Paddington. Chef Jack Steer brings years of experience at Rockpool, Chin Chin and China Doll to the fore, dishing out slick renditions of crisp-skinned Sichuan duck, dan dan noodles and kung pao Brussels sprouts.
Head to Face2Face Noodles in the Dixon House food court for winter-perfect bowls of Chongqing noodle soup. These handmade noodles come either dry, doused in chicken stock, or served in a robust Sichuan broth, topped with rich braised meats, peanuts and greens. Take a walk on the wild side with one of the offaly good creations.
Colourful Adelaide newcomer Hide ‘N’ Seek Thai Bar promises a winning combination of beer-friendly Thai classics (som tum; gai yang) and inventive Thai-accented café breakfasts, such as the baked croissant with Thai tea custard and kaffir lime jelly.
Stay tuned for the opening of Ricky & Pinky, Andrew McConnell’s new Chinese eatery on Gertrude Street. Slated to open at the end of August, the Hong Kong-inspired restaurant will feature lazy susans and fish tanks still-flapping seafood dishes.
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