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Published August 6th 2018
Don't miss these Asian treats in The Myer Centre
Myer Centre Level A (the bus station level) has been turning into its own mini 'Little Asia' right in the heart of the Queen Street Mall. With its convenient location in the city, The Myer Centre, and Level A, in particular, is a perfect place to meet friends and enjoy Asian delights, without trekking to Sunnybank or the Valley.
Let me take you on a journey to discover the myriad of eating and drinking options now available!
With at least four Japanese food outlets in The Myer Center Level A, you should find something to suit your budget, tastes, or schedule. For a quick bite to eat or a takeaway snack, you can't go wrong with Sushi Feast or Breadtop. Sushi Feast is (unsurprisingly enough) a sushi shop with the usual handrolls, miso soup, and bento. When I went with a friend, the server was friendly and said that the bento was prepared just that evening.
Breadtop is a bit more unique and exciting. Breadtop's speciality is their buns with various sweet or savoury fillings. The sweet fillings include custard, pineapple and other fruit pieces; while the savoury fillings include sausage, ham and cheese, and others. As well as fancy snack buns, they do sell normal bread to take home and beautifully decorated cakes for parties.
Enjoy delightful savoury treats at Breadtop in the Myer Centre, Brisbane
If you are after a quality meal at a reasonable price, Teppanyaki King offers affordable and healthy rice dishes, with fish, chicken, beef, or pork and vegetables. Hakataya Ramen serves around 5 kinds of ramen of varying spice levels. Note that this is not just your run of the mill instant ramen in the packet. Rather Hakataya prepares their ramen noodles overnight and slow cooks the pork and herb to make their stock, giving you a quality meal quickly and conveniently.
For dessert, Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart sells, well, baked egg tarts in various fruit and dessert flavours for around $3 - $4.
Hokkaido Baked Tarts, Myer Centre
For Chinese flavours and cuisine, there are 2 takeaway tea shops, similar to Taiwanese "bubble tea". Comebuy Tea (Hong Kong origin) and 7 Cup (from Taiwan) are both new additions to The Myer Centre in 2018. As well as refreshing teas, such as the quality lemon and honey tea I had, Comebuy Tea also makes their own egg waffles called "Eggettes" fresh in sweet or savoury flavours like cheese or red bean.
7 Cup provides a higher quality tea and fruit drinks in sturdy cups (sturdy enough to wash and reuse yourself actually). Along with the higher quality, also comes a slightly higher price than your average bubble tea - 7 Cup is around $6.50 for a large size. I've come away happy and refreshed from 7 Cup on the 2 occasions I had tea and fruit drinks.
Hot Cake House joins The Myer Center from their first store in Sunnybank, selling sweet and savoury hotcakes, about the size of a large macaroon with fillings inside. I quite enjoyed the strawberry and chocolate hotcake. Though it did contain a real strawberry inside, note that the shape is different from the photo in-store.
Hot Cake House, Myer Centre
Chocolate and Strawberry hotcake from Hot Cake House
For a proper lunch or dinner, my new favourite place is 3 Kingdoms, at the back near Target and their excellent southern Chinese soup called maocai. Maocai is a stew-like dish from Sichuan prepared with a surprisingly large variety of Asian vegetables, meats, seeds and nuts. 3 Kingdoms prepare their maocai in a few variations. The Signature maocai comes with sausage meat, seafood, pork balls, beef strips plus all the vegetables and nuts for $13.90. For $11.90 there are other flavours such as lamb or chicken.
Signature Maocai at 3 Kingdoms in The Myer Centre
There is also a new (to 2018) Chinese street-food-style casual dining place, Taste Gallery, with yum-cha and rice dishes though I haven't tried this place yet.
Taste Gallery, Myer Centre Brisbane
Both Vietnamese Baguette and Pho Dau are good choices for good quality Vietnamese food at value for money prices, around $5 to $7 for banh mi and around $8 to $12 for noodle dishes. Since I wrote about Vietnamese Baguette, they have improved their process and now warm the bread in a high-speed oven. And since I wrote about Pho Dau, they are competing on price with Vietnamese Baguette with basic banh mi for around $5 to $6. They both sell banh mi, rice paper rolls, and hot noodle or rice dishes.
Pho Dau on the left, with Vietnamese Baguette on the right.