While it may take inspiration from pokey street-food stalls, Chu the Phat is far from petite, sprawling over two levels and a laneway, stretching from Fish Lane through to Melbourne Street. The vibrant Asian street eatery comes from rawGROUP, which is no stranger to Asian delights – you may have tasted its handiwork at Eagle Street’s Madame Wu. The menu draws on flavours from Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and executive chef Brendon Barker has divided the menu into a selection of snacks, bread, starters, vegetables, stir-fried dishes, noodles and rice, and main fare. Yep, there’s a whole section dedicated to bread! Gluten-intolerant friends are catered to as well – there’s also an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free dishes. If thinking is all a bit too difficult for you, you can always opt for the banquet of star dishes, including the pork and kimchi spring rolls with anchovy mayo, smoked trout fritters with chilli black vinegar, and LA-cut beef rib ‘kalbi’ with shiso leaf, ssamjang and an assortment of kimchi.
Chu the Phat officially opens to the public on Friday May 5.