Kwan Brothers front window glowed red like a cellaphane gift-wrapped present. It’s neon lights, disco balls, loud music, and a cliche of Asian decoration, all presented with a smile and a wink ‘I give you good time’ vibe. We loved it!
Six of us enjoyed a huge amount of food, all share plates. To start we sampled; pork bao bao, pork belly sliders (2 for $9.90), Vietnamese salmon tartare ($15.90), crispy silken tofu ($11), grilled ground beef in betal leaf ($14.90), crispy peking duck spring rolls ($14.90).
The starters were all tasty but my favourite was the crispy silken tofu with garlic, lemongrass and chilli dipping sauce. It’s a must-try.
Our appetites now fired up, we moved onto; Kaffir lime chicken salad ($15), pineapple fried rice ($14.90), beef short rib in five spice mix ($26.90), rib fillet with Korean pear dressing and kimchee ($27.90), jungle curry of BBQ pork which comes with a super hot warning ($25.90), Blue-eye cod with spicy miso ($26.90), and the star of the show crispy pork belly with pickled watermelon and sweet ginger ($25.90). Oh my lord, what a combination, crisp but moist pork belly with the sweet, salty watermelon and ginger. Delightful! In fact, everything we tried we enjoyed.
I wouldn’t usually order a dessert at an Asian restaurant but if you visit Kwan Brothers, you absolutely must. I insist! We tried; South Eastern brulee of lemongrass and lime; peanut brittle sundae with peanut butter ice cream, raspberry marshmallow and salted caramel; sticky date pudding with ginger caramel and lime custard and the too bao to handle too cold to hold ice cream sandwiches. All dessert were $14.90. The sticky date pudding was the best I’ve ever eaten, light and fluffy and luscious. I loved it so much it deserves it’s own photograph.
Kwan Brothers is a little on the pricey side especially when China Town is just down the road but in saying that, the quality of food is very high and if you are looking for the full package in terms of environment, fun, ambiance and tasty food, then it does hit the spot. It’s a place to meet friends, to drink, share food and have fun.
Hot tip: I don’t want to give too much away but if you walk towards the back of the restaurant and open what appears to be a large walk-in freezer door, you might just get a pleasant surprise.
Kwan Brothers is open Mon-Thurs 12pm-3pm and 5pm-11pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm-11pm. Bar open 7 days till late.
43 Alfred St, Fortitude Valley
Phone: 3251 6588
For the Love of Food was a guest of Kwan Brothers and Lucid Media.