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Top Picks for A Splurge-worthy Chinese Banquet

With the party season in full swing, we take a look at some of Australia’s best Chinese restaurants for a group. We’re talking live seafood, lazy susans, and splurge-worthy Chinese banquets. Have we missed your top pick? Let us know!

Flower Drum, Melbourne

Long regarded as Melbourne’s best Chinese restaurant, Flower Drum promises a truly memorable meal. The service is polished, the antique-filled setting is refined, and the classic Cantonese cuisine showcases the finest produce. Lavish banquets can be served in private rooms for 12 to 50 guests, and feature delectable dishes such as indulgent baked crab in a turmeric-cream sauce, wok-fried Patagonian toothfish, Peking duck and wagyu beef. Banquet prices start at $120 a head.

Peking Duck with Hoisin Sauce

Golden Century, Sydney

A favourite among the Sydney hospitality crowd, Golden Century in Chinatown is known for its live seafood, Cantonese specialties, and late-night license, so you and your crew can devour a 10-course banquet of pippies in XO sauce, braised lobster, and crispy skin chicken until 4am. Banquet menus range from $50 to $120 per person.

Steamed eggs with XO sauce recipe

Mr Wong, Sydney

For a modern Cantonese marvel, book a table for your troupe at Merivale’s Mr Wong. Top-rated chef Dan Hong prepares exceptional dim sum and sublime seafood, such as snow crab salad, steamed fish with ginger and shallot, and lobster or crab in classic Cantonese sauces. Choose from four banquet menus, from $76 to $145 each.

Fried Chinese Meat Dumplings

Madam Wu, Brisbane

If you’re catering for a crowd in Brisbane, consider Madam Wu above the Eagle Street Pier. Accommodating groups of 20 to 250, this modern Chinese restaurant promises banquets of wok-fried Moreton Bay bugs in XO sauce, and roasted pork belly with hot and sour dressing. There are canapé options, too, if you’d prefer to host a cocktail event. Banquets are $45 to $85 per head, and canapé packages start at $20.

Roasted Pork Belly Recipe

Me Wah, Hobart

With a name that means ‘exquisite setting’, Me Wah has long been regarded as Hobart’s premier Cantonese restaurant. Indulgent banquets might feature crayfish and truffle wontons, scallops in Champagne sauce, and wok-seared beef. Me Wah’s banquets are priced from $60 to $135, with the option to include sommelier-matched wines.

Concubine, Adelaide

Sleek and stylish Concubine in Adelaide offers a trio of modern-Asian banquets. Highlights from the top-tier Peony menu include lobster with shaoxing and ginger, crispy Barossa chicken, and the Haigh’s chocolate fountain for dessert. The menus range in price from $45 to $85 a head.

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