Anyway, the movie was at a slightly inconvenient time, so we decided to stick around South Bank for food - and chose Bamboo Basket, since we were craving something Asian. Having passed this several times already, it seemed like a popular place, so we decided to give it a try. We each chose a dish and got the Braised Pork Belly in Dark Soy Sauce ((18.9) with the Steamed Flour Bun (4), as well as the Leek & Garlic Stir Fried with Lamb (22.9) with rice (3/bowl).
Jo was hesitant about the pork belly at first, since it's quite fatty - but I decided I wanted that, and it turned out to be quite good, besides my first piece, which was a bit dry. It tasted pretty authentic - maybe the closest I've had to authentic Chinese food in Brisbane so far, so I was quite impressed. The buns were quite tiny and a bit too chewy for my liking, but they were super cute! I think they are cloud-shaped, but correct me if I'm wrong. The lamb dish was also quite tasty - tender slices of lamb with red capsicum, onions, and leek, and the meat was tender and glazed in a hoisin (?) garlic sauce. It was a bit salty, so we got rice, but the rice was grainy and pretty terrible, and $3 a bowl. Say, what?? Yeah, no rice for me next time - I'd rather go for their other bun/wrap choices.
Other than the fact that this place is a bit more pricey than other Chinese restaurant around, it is overall more comfortable (other than the really terrible acoustics) and more authentic than other places around Brisbane. There's a possibility I'd try out their dim sum sometime...
|Braised Pork Belly|
|Leek & Garlic Stir Fried with Lamb|
Price: 25-30AUD/person without drinks (family style recommended) | $$-$$$
199 Grey St. Shop 1003-1004
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
#: (07) 3844-0088