Mr Hizola’s, Burleigh Heads: The much-loved locale Mr Hizola’s focuses on share-style dining driven by a flavour-packed Cantonese-inspired menu. The dishes are split into categories – from the sea, from the land, from the coop, from the field, from the garden, and noodles and rice. There’s also a hefty dim sum selection, where you’ll find everything from pork potstickers to kale and mushroom wontons. Can’t decide? Go for the Emperor’s Feast.
Grand Dynasty, Broadbeach: Yum cha is served here daily, putting you into a induced food coma with morsels like steamed (and hand-made) dumplings and dim sims, barbecue steamed buns and fried delights like wontons and taro dumplings. The extensive main menu is dotted with authentic eats – think hot and sour soup to start, before upping the ante with share plates like Peking duck, traditional Chinese hot pot, and signatures like Singapore chilli mud crabs. To finish? Mango pancakes, of course.
Dragon Cove, Sanctuary Cove: Overlooking the Sanctuary Cove marina, Dragon Cove is your northern go-to for modern Chinese with a view. The extensive menu suits a range of tastes, with peking duck, live seafood and all of your traditional favourites done with a hint of modern flair.
Ally Chow, Nobby Beach: This modern-Asian eatery in Nobby Beach may not be strictly Chinese, but its sprinkling of Southeast-Asian influences allow for a fresh take on traditional favourites. The neon-lit eatery serves up delicious bites such as sticky pork belly with banana-blossom salad, gloriously glutinous duck bao and brisket spring rolls. For the more indecisive diners among us, the banquet includes an array of delectable fare.
Lummy’s Chinese, Burleigh Waters: Lummy’s is a local favourite in the Treetops Shopping Centre which serves up an array of Chinese favourites and fresh stir fries. If you’ve got multiple mouths to feed that are hungry for honey chicken or partial to a prawn chip (or 20), then Lummy’s also has an impressive selection of banquet options. The Sichuan beef is a definite crowd-pleaser as is the char siu in soy sauce.
Jasmine Room, Southport: Here you’ll find a modern spin on traditional Chinese cuisine, along with stellar views over Southport’s Broadwater Parklands. You can munch on authentic favourites, devour its popular dumplings, or opt for the peking duck, carved right there at your table.
Miami Rice, Miami: This local favourite has been serving up its Chinese-Malaysian delicacies to both locals and tourists alike for many years now, but it remains one of the most highly-regarded Chinese eateries in the area. The Cantonese crispy roast duck is a showstopper, but there are many delights to discover including the spicy kung po chicken and the Hong Kong-style ho fun with beef and beansprouts.
Uncle Bill’s Kitchen, Southport: This quaint hang packs a punch in the flavour department. At 65 years young, head chef Uncle Bill has been cooking his signature dishes since he was 16, so it’s fair to say he’s had some time to master his craft. The extensive menu includes all your traditional favourites including Cantonese chicken, pork, beef, duck and fish dishes, with a few modern eats like baos thrown in for extra deliciousness. Don’t go past Uncle Bill’s signature duck and barbecue honey pork.
Royal Dynasty, Surfers Paradise: Royal Dynasty in Circle on Cavill shines a light on authentic Cantonese flavours with a focus on seafood, specifically Australian king crab, lobster and abalone. Take a seat in the elaborately decorated oriental dining room and stick your chopsticks into Chinese delights like deep-fried prawn dumplings and crispy skin Peking duck.
Dim Sum Delights, Robina: We love hidden gems. This delightful space is nestled in the backstreets of Robina, along Ron Penhaligon Way, and is often bursting at the seams with locals, Chinese ex-pats and tourists on the hunt for authentic fare. Into yum cha? This is where you want to go.
Magic Wok, Miami: On the subject of hidden gems, this is a classic restaurant that Miami locals have been keeping to themselves for quite a while now. Here you’ll find all the favourites (we can’t go past the Mongolian lamb) and a killer lunch special.
Peking Duck, Labrador: This popular dining space has recently relocated to the AQUA building in Labrador from its original locale in Hope Island and has been serving authentic Chinese cuisine to the northern end of the Gold Coast for more than ten years. As the name suggests, you’ll find China’s most celebrated dish – Peking duck – the favourite among the local crowd.
Mamasan Kitchen & Bar, Broadbeach: While not solely Chinese, Mamasan is known for fusing an array of Asian cuisines to create one of the most delicious oriental menus in town. Chinese delicacies are peppered across Mama’s menu – start with the Pork san choy bau, move on to the sticky chilli bean hot-and-sweet eggplant and Peking duck pancakes, before finishing on a high note with the Sichuan salted duck with Chinese five-spiced plum sauce. What a saucy dream.
Yum Cha Cuisine, various locations: If you’re after classic Chinese and yum cha feasts in a modern setting, then Yum Cha Cuisine’s various Gold Coast locations will satisfy your cravings for everything deep-fried, steamed and barbecued. You’ll find Yum Cha Cuisine at Robina Town Centre, Harbour Town and Pacific Fair. Braised bean-curd hot pot, anyone?
Coming soon – Uncle Su at The Star, Broadbeach: This one isn’t open quite yet, but we can’t wait to try it when it is! The Star has just announced the forthcoming arrival of Uncle Su, a Cantonese restaurant that will be debuting this October as the first opening at The Star’s jaw-dropping new tower. The new eatery will specialise in Chinese bites given a modern coastal reimagining with a focus on fresh and locally sourced seafood. As always, we’ll bring you the delicious details as they come to light.