In a nod to the 2016 fire that levelled the corner complex, Ally Chow’s exterior was designed using a Japanese wood-preserving technique to give it an aged and charred appearance.
The restaurant’s entry is marked by a huge Asian-inspired round iron door making you feel like you are stepping into old-world China. Ally Chow offers curb-side tables as well as side-alley seating outside, with more lantern-lit atmospheric settings inside.
The fully stocked bar offers an international beer list including Sapporo, Hanoi and Bintang, as well as signature cocktails, like the delicious Dragon Colada with white rum, dragon fruit and coconut cream.
Chef and owner of Ally Chow, Trent Scarr has ensured that the menu is infused with the finest elements of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine and he has been awarded one chef’s hat for his unique selection of dishes fusing modern Australian fare with Asian techniques and flavours.
The lunch menu offers a dozen South-East Asian favourites, including BBQ duck laksa, pork katsu sando, and the Viet favourite Beef Pho with rich bone broth and brisket. The dinner menu takes inspiration from Asian street food offering small plates, oysters, bao and dumplings (house made daily) as well as offerings from the coals, large plates, sides and sweet stuff.
There are plenty of dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options as well as chow out banquet offerings. Foodie’s favourites include the Tempura Morton Bay Bug with XO Kewpie, pickles and dill and the Har Gow Steamed dumpling with Mooloolaba prawns, pork, black vinegar, soy and chilli. The coals serve up Barramundi cooked in banana leaf and beef wrapped in betel leaf. Hungrier diners opt for larger plates including the Chiang Mai curry with purple congo or the sticky pork belly with peanuts, soy caramel and banana blossom salad.
Don’t leave without trying the handmade banana roti with chocolate fudge sauce and coconut sorbet. This place can be summed up in one word – Yum!
By Michaela Lyons
Shop c/2215 Gold Coast Hwy
(07) 5572 4068