Madame Wu | 71 Eagle Street, BRISBANE CBD QLD 4000

So the new cool kid on the Riverside Block has moved in and her name is Madam Wu. Occupying the old space where Sienna was located, the brightly lit neon lights beamed out of this new restaurant’s terrace and often caught my from our unit (as if beckoning me to eat there).

And so I did (not needing to much persuasion). On the final night of my dad’s recent trip to Australia, myself and the other travel bunnie decided that Madam Mu’s would be the location for our going away diner last Friday night.

The 4.1 of us arrived at the reception and immediately I was stunned at the cool renovation this previously boring space had gone through. Think night club, meets sleek modern dining, meets earthy Asian tones all whilst having a open air view of the Brisbane River. We were shown to our table which provided ample room for Mini-bun George’s pram to be snuck in next to one end of the table. Our waiter for the night was a well informed young guy who went out of his way to ensure that we were taken care of all night. We started off with some drinks (the obligatory Tsingtao for dad and the other bunnie) while I decided to venture into a Virgin Lychee Mojito ($10) which was refreshing and delicious. Drinks came with complimentary spiced beans (which helped the boys to make the beer go down quicker) and then the table was treated to a show of what I like to call napkin trees (curled up moistened towels that are sprinkled in water by our waiter to then sprout up before eyes). Très cool! We then proceeded to order a number of dishes from the various sections of the menu that came out throughout the night to keep us all eating for at least an hour. The dishes included pan fried scallop dumplings, verjus butter, black tobiko ($20), tang sui chicken ribs ($12), piju ju snapper guilin style in tsingtao beer ($35), tea salted duck stir fried w' mushrooms & black vinegar ($35), roasted pork belly, coriander, peanut, chilli, fish flavoured dressing ($32) and snow peas & sugar snaps w' horseradish ($12) with some steamed rice ($3 pp) for the table.

I think the highlight was the duck given the interesting take on its presentation and strong gamey flavour but I have to say at the copious amount of melted butter that was drizzled over the scallops was also a BIG highlight. I was the only one game to order a dessert (the steamed chocolate bun w' green tea ice cream ($13)), but I can’t say that it was all that impressive.

The food portions were generous, the service was friendly and quick, and the setting was magnificent (save as for the fact that the Friday night DJ was playing his house beats just a little too loudly for Minibun to be completely asleep).  The cool new kid has definitely earned her place but for how long is another question with the mix on Asian fusion being a hard cuisine to keep customers coming back for more.

Total bunnie dollars spent: $198.00

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