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“For a chinese restaurant (not takeaway), it's not too bad!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Chives - CLOSED

Chives
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Sydney, Australia
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366 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“For a chinese restaurant (not takeaway), it's not too bad!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

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.

  • Visited January 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Food is very tasty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

The service was good, and the food great. We took our bottle of wine and paid the corkage. Highly recommended

  • Visited July 2012
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Brisbane
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“40 minutes for Mains, Sweet English-Challenged waitresses, Interesting Food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2009

Incredible menu, delicious options & interesting tastes available. Sweet waitresses, slightly english challenged. Mains took 40 minutes to arrive (Entree 5 minutes, though wasn't enough to sustain us until mains - we advised them we were really hungry).

Entree was delicious. Wine glass was dirty - asked for replacement - they polished the same glass and returned it (with partial lipstick still remaining). Third time received a clean glass.

We left before mains (or as they were arriving) as they took far too long. The restaurant was only at 20% capacity, and everyone there had eaten their main so not sure how it took so long. Maybe this was just a bad night, and we were disappointed to leave behind what looked like a lovely meal that we didn't want to eat because we were so riled up about the timing.

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