I recently dined at the Chives Restaurant in Upper Mt Gravatt, Brisbane.
Firstly, it's probably best you remember they try and cater for the westerners here so the meaning of 'authenticity' can differ widely between each reviewer. Their prices aren't as cheap as your Mr Lee's takeaway around the corner because they genuinely try and provide a restaurant quality food and experience.
We ordered a range of mains including scallops with snow peas, hokkein fried rice, crispy duck, and some vegetable and bbq pork hot pot. The dishes were nice enough and you can taste some good flavours there. Surprisingly enough I personally quite enjoyed the hokkein fried rice, it had a good serving portion. The scallops dish was slightly low on scallops as expected and it tasted like frozen scallops but other than that it was still acceptable. The duck wasn't as crispy as I'd have liked. And the vegetable bbq pork dish was seriously lacking in bbq pork but plentiful in veges and tofu (lots). For value, I've seen better but I could tell they were trying.
The service was indifferent. The mature asian lady provided us all the necessities and regularly topped up our drinks etc but she wasn't overly friendly. From that end I had no real complaints.
I dined on a busy night but surprisingly enough the food came quickly enough, with the first main arriving within 15minutes. The atmosphere felt westernised and as such you wouldn't expect to find a pair of chopsticks on your table.
The restaurant is worth trying but it's not something I'd crave for.
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