Imperial at The Star, Broadbeach: Renowned executive chef Song Yao Su has curated a refined menu that shines the light on Mandarin and Cantonese flavours, offering the ultimate Chinese dining experience. Combining high-end ingredients, sauces and spices with top-quality local and seasonal produce, Imperial at The Star (which was formerly Zen) plates up everything from baked lobster to glistening barbecue pork with honey, and crispy fried prawns with five-spice salt and fresh chilli. The hero here is the whole Peking duck, of course.
Mr Hizola’s, Burleigh Heads: Newcomer Mr Hizola’s focuses on share-style dining driven by a flavour-packed Cantonese-style 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.
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.
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.
Peking Duck, Hope Island: This popular Hope Island dining space 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 – done very, very well here.
Jasmine Room, Southport: Here you’ll find a modern spin on traditional Chinese cuisine, along with killer 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.
Mei Wei Dumplings, Broadbeach: This hawker-style modern eatery at The Star is ideal for a quick and flavoursome Chinese feast. Mei Wei, which translates to ‘delicious’, sees Mandarin and Cantonese influences across its menu, with everything from Xia Jiao (prawn dumplings) to Xiao Long Bao (mini soup buns). When the fast-paced and bustling dining space opened in late 2016, the new menu saw 120 new ingredients introduced to The Star – so expect a helluva lot of flavour.
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 more recently Pacific Fair. Braised bean curd hot pot, anyone?
Sky Marina Mirage, Main Beach: This certainly isn’t your run-of-the-mill Chinese nosh. Overlooking Marina Mirage, Sky offers upmarket Cantonese-style fare, with live seafood, yum cha, a seemingly endless list of dumplings, plus one of best waterfront views you’ll find.
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 Sichuan Hot & 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.