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Yum Cha Cuisine - Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

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by Damsel Martin (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, blogger and animal wrangler living in Brisbane's western suburbs. I love to eat, drink, travel, explore ... and then write about my adventures.
Published August 31st 2013
Restaurant takes bite out of Chinatown's yum cha trade
It's no longer necessary to venture into Chinatown to get Brisbane's best yum cha.

In search of lunchtime sustenance after a recent shopping trip, I stumbled across Yum Cha Cuisine at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.

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Yum Cha Cuisine on Level 1 of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is open for business. Source: Yum Cha Cuisine.

Tucked away at the end of the new Gourmet Fresh precinct on Level 1, which is looking fabulous after its recent makeover and was opened by celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow a few weeks' prior, this appealing spot was packed on its second weekend after opening.

There were the usual suspects - chicken feet with black bean sauce, thousand year egg with lean pork congee and deep fried pork toasts - along with popular favourites including cloud-soft BBQ pork buns, seafood dumplings and delicious roast duck.

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Muscling in on China Town's territory: Yum Cha Cuisine at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Author image.

But there were also a few surprises, some of which didn't appear on the menu so far as I could see, such as mouth-watering mussels. Sticky rice and meat wrapped inside a lotus leaf was a further bonus.

Desserts, though tempting, were not attempted on this occasion due to poor planning on my part. Next visit I will be sure to save some room for mango pudding, coconut cake, custard tarts or rainbow jelly.

It was a minor point, but it must be said that service was erratic on the day. At times staff were very attentive, refilling a cup of green tea seconds after it was emptied. At other times, I found it slow, with no trolley in sight to satisfy my growling stomach.

But such minor niggles can be forgiven due to the quality of the food and the popularity of the place.

There was a queue to enter the restaurant - with people being given raffle tickets and called in when their number came up. There was another queue for diners who were ready to pay, though these were swift-moving.

And while most of us shudder at the ghastly thought of queues, staff handled the crowds more than competently, maintaining their patience in the face of what must feel like incessant questioning ("What's this? What's that?") and dispensing fresh smiles for each new table.

The minimalist interior adds to the atmosphere - crisp white tablecloths, shiny new ready-reference menus and places set with gleaming chopsticks (though there is no shame attached to a request for forks).

An a la carte menu offering a wider range of dishes plus a mouth-watering selection of banquet options, is also available for dinner.

Yum Cha Cuisine at Indooroopilly joins sister restaurants located at Carindale and Robina. Three related Yum Cha Noodle Haus outlets are also located at Brisbane City, Carindale and the Hilton Surfers Paradise.

If you'd really like to indulge your inner foodie while you're there, other new Gourmet Fresh offerings include Cabassi & Co, Artisan Butchers, Con's Fish Market, French Twist and Oliver and Co Deli.

But my personal favourite is the UFM Asian Grocer located opposite Yum Cha Cuisine, which offers high quality low cost produce, including some Asian ingredients that can be really difficult to source.

We couldn't resist picking up some freshly-made seri muka (a two-layered dessert involving glutinous rice and custard made with pandan juice) to follow our evening meal.

I mean, you've got to have dessert sometime, right?
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Why? Shanghai comes to the shopping centre
When: 10am to 10pm, seven days a week
Phone: 07 3878 3388
Where: Level 1, Indooroopilly 322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Cost: Small dishes start at $3.80
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