Another addition to the hot new 4101 dining precinct, the South Brisbane eatery combines casual street food dining with Executive Chef Brendon Barker’s flair for Asian cuisine. The concept for Chu the Phat was inspired by international flavours, such as the Hawker stalls of Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, while drawing from the fun and funky vide of the Fish Lane precinct.
The restaurant is the rawGROUP’s 13th business venture, but the owners insist that it is vastly different from the others. Although, they say, there are a few basic principles applied to all 13 outlets, the number one of which is to put the patron first.The location is one of the aspects that sets the restaurant apart from its sister venues; in the growing Fish Lane precinct, Chu the Phat caters to all patron options from a quiet drink at the bar, to a party of 50
According to the owners, it is an exciting time to be welcomed into the West End community, as diners from interstate and overseas are already visiting other restaurants in the area. Executive Chef of both Chu the Phat and Madam Wu, Brendon Barker, developed a love for Asian flavours over a long career at some of Australia’s finest restaurants. He has also travelled to numerous Asian countries, experiencing an array of different cuisines. Brendan’s international exploration helped to transform his focus on flavours; he’s mastered the moreish curries of South East Asia with the clean and refined plates of Madame Wu. Brendon will continue to oversee the kitchen at Madame Wu, while simultaneously working as Executive Chef at Chu the Phat. His diverse range of offerings will satisfy guests for all
Much like the theatrics of Asia’s bustling street food stalls, Chu the Phat’s distinctive design draws guests into a striking and energetic setting. The space combines urban, contemporary, and casual fittings in an iconic new look, set over two levels with two entrances and distinct spaces. Downstairs, a sprawling feature bar takes the stage in a light and open level. Upstairs, guests are drawn into a more intimate dining space with lower ceilings, a second bar and the main cooking space. From the featured street art to the curved staircase and contrasting levels, Chu the Phat is a feast for all the senses. The rawGROUP says it aimed to deliver a ‘wow’ venue with a welcoming atmosphere offering patrons a brand new Asian-style experience on a scale rarely seen in Brisbane before.