A pig-out at Kwan Brothers

Disclaimer: I dined as an invited guest of Kwan Brothers and Lucid Media.

Kwan Brothers

Keep tongue in cheek when you confront Kwan Brothers, the latest addition to the Constance and Alfred Street entertainment corner. Standing under the light of its red glow and dancing stars from disco balls of the warehouse bar, I cannot help but think back to Singapore’s red-light district Geylang in the days of yore. Kitsch details pointing to a number of Asian cultures are scattered around the casual restaurant – these mass produced trinkets Western tourists used to buy from their holidays to the ‘exotic Orient’ to remind them of all the cultural strangeness. As an Asian, I couldn’t help but giggle at their familiarity.

Kwan Brothers

This eclectic mix of Asian cultures appears to be the theme for Kwan Brothers – their menu of sharing plates feature the big gusty flavoured cuisine from Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong. Family style dining with friends is what Kwan Brothers is all about and that showed through in the menu.

My dish votes for the evening go to the soft Chinese style bao sliders (pork was better than the chicken, but chicken was still good), the Vietnamese salmon tartare (scoop the salmon onto the prawn crackers for non-messy eating and clean fingers) and the charcoal grilled lamb ribs (great caramelisation).

Those who are salt sensitive might find Kwan’s fried chicken (KFC) too salty, but these crisp coated nibbles would go really well with a cold beer.

My disappointments were the crispy Peking duck spring rolls (I barely tasted any duck), the pineapple fried rice (again, where was the fresh pineapple flavour?) and the crispy pork belly (just a little too fatty without rendering for me).

VIETNAMESE SALMON TARTARE (GF). AUD$15.90

VIETNAMESE SALMON TARTARE (GF). AUD$15.90
Cucumber, mint, dill, prawn crackers

FRIED CHICKEN BAO BAO (2). AUD$9.90

FRIED CHICKEN BAO BAO (2). AUD$9.90
Fried chicken bao sliders, cucumber, coriander & lime chilli mayo

PORK BAO BAO YIPPIE YO YIPPIE YAY (2). AUD$9.90

PORK BAO BAO YIPPIE YO YIPPIE YAY (2). AUD$9.90
Pork belly bao sliders, red dragon sauce, pickled daikon, coriander & peanuts

CRISPY PEKING DUCK SPRING ROLLS. AUD$14.90

CRISPY PEKING DUCK SPRING ROLLS. AUD$14.90
Shitake, cucumber, fresh herbs & plum sauce

CRISPY SILKEN TOFU (GF, V). AUD$11.90

CRISPY SILKEN TOFU (GF, V). AUD$11.90
Garlic, lemongrass & chilli

KWAN’S FRIED CHICKEN (GF). AUD$14.90

KWAN’S FRIED CHICKEN (GF). AUD$14.90
Kwan’s original recipe & pickled daikon

GRILLED GROUND BEEF IN BETAL LEAF (GF). AUD$14.90

GRILLED GROUND BEEF IN BETAL LEAF (GF). AUD$14.90
Curry, peanuts & nuoc cham

CHARCOAL GRILLED LAMB RIBS (GF). AUD$14.90

CHARCOAL GRILLED LAMB RIBS (GF). AUD$14.90
Pickled ginger, soy & chilli dressing

BEEF SHORT RIB (GF). AUD$26.90

BEEF SHORT RIB (GF). AUD$26.90
Braised in Kwan’s 5 spice mix, served with jasmine rice

PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE (GF, V). AUD$14.90

PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE (GF, V). AUD$14.90
Garlic, chilli, spring onion, pineapple & cashews

CRISPY PORK BELLY (GF). AUD$25.90

CRISPY PORK BELLY (GF). AUD$25.90
Pickled watermelon & sweet ginger

TOO BAO TO HANDLE TOO COLD TO HOLD (3). AUD$14.90

TOO BAO TO HANDLE TOO COLD TO HOLD (3). AUD$14.90
Bao Ice cream sandwiches, deep fried bao bun, toasted sesame, pandan, palm sugar & ginger ice cream

SOUTH EASTERN BRULEE (GF). AUD$14.90

SOUTH EASTERN BRULEE (GF). AUD$14.90
Lemongrass & kaffir lime

Oh, and if you’re not quite done for the night, find the secret bar at the back for a sip of Japanese whisky or the old fashion.

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Disclaimer: I dined as an invited guest of Kwan Brothers and Lucid Media.