For the Love of Food was a guest of Peng You China Kitchen and Bar.
I really hope you get to meet Joyce. Owner and hostess of Peng You China Kitchen and Bar at Gasworks, Newstead. Joyce is warm, engaging, loves her menu and is enthusiastic about living in Brisbane and the abundance of beautiful produce we have on offer.
When asked about the meaning of the restaurant name (Peng you, meaning friends), her eyes tear up a little as she explains the importance of friends and the difference they have made in her life. Something we can all appreciate.
Peng You China Kitchen and Bar is made for dining with friends. The menu encourages you to share and experience as many of the tastes and textures as your belly can fit.
I can’t go past Gyozas on a menu so Miss P and I sampled these to start (6 for $9); pork and chives, spicy Shichuan and vegetarian. Juicy and packed with flavour.
The next dish we were served was a recommendation by Joyce. It’s one of her favourites and I can understand why. Lo-Han hot-pot of tofu and seasonal vegetables with black and white fungi ($26.50).
A steaming hot-pot full of rich flavour and what’s even better, it’s healthy! The textures of this dish really made it shine. Regardless of whether or not you are vegetarian, order this dish, you won’t be disappointed.
Other share plates I’d be keen to try include: steamed or fried whole baby Barra with black bean, chilli and Shaoxing ($38), Malay style curry roast duck with eggplant ($35) and the slow-cooked pork hock ($30).
“Do you like mud crab”, asked Joyce.
Within minutes Joyce was sitting with us and we were all enjoying one of the daily specials, the delicate flesh of mud crab in ginger and shallot sauce. No easy way to eat crab but totally worth the messy fingers, when the crab is meaty and perfectly cooked.
The decor is fun but stylish. I loved the pop of yellow and the digital Confucius sayings that run around the top of the bar. The wine and cocktail list is interesting, including two wines available on tap. We tried the Wither Hills 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ($9 a glass), with a hint of lemon-grass flavour.
We had no room for dessert so instead opted for the refreshing iced green tea with lychee. A perfect end to lunch.
Peng You is a happy place and I will happily return.
Open daily from 10.30am – 11pm for lunch, dinner and drinks.
Gasworks Plaza, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead
Phone: 07 3257 7225