Magic has moved into Nobby’s Beach and it comes in the shape of an Asian-inspired wonderland with dishes that will sing to the very depths of your soul.
Dramatic, yes. Accurate, also yes. Ally Chow is the latest addition to the Nobby’s restaurant strip and the game has well and truly been upped.
Featuring elements of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, the menu is filled with stunning flavours put together in picture-perfect style. It’s way too good.
Hold that thought though while we gush about the interior a little bit. You’ll be hard pressed not smile from ear to ear as you enter what may in fact be the perfect representation of Alice’s wonderland, Asian style.
Greenery drips from every inch of the ceiling creating an intimate, fresh, are-we-really-on-the-Gold-Coast vibe. Glossy black concrete floors, a high ceiling and pops of colour offset by wooden window and door frames give a grungy, vintage feel unlike anything else you’ve seen in our fair city.
Charred wood lining the outside of the building is a nod to the 2016 fire that allowed Ally Chow to be and a subtle hint to the mood you’ll experience once you set foot inside. Alleyway seating, on the eastern side, is lit up by a beautifully coloured mural depicting traditional Japanese village life.
That’s a lot of words but it really is something else.
So, the food. Two-hat Chef and owner of Ally Chow Trent Scarr has created a pan-Asian menu with punch-packing flavours loaded into unique but simple dishes and traversing a range of Asian cuisines. There’s three choices of banquet menus if you and your gal pals are keen to sample a few tasty delights.
The Sticky Pork Belly with Crispy Saddle Tail Snapper, banana flower salad and ginger with lemon dressing is a combination for the ages and the Beef Short Rib with coconut and banana flower salad is tender, flavoured filled and melt in your mouth.
The cocktail list is, of course, Asian-inspired with plenty of Chinese and Japanese spirits in the literal mix. The Espresso Martini is made with Vietnamese cold drip coffee and condensed milk, which is how coffee is done in Vietnam.
So many words, thanks for sticking with us.
Do yourself a favour though, go get lost in the jungle as soon as possible. Trent and his partner Leisha, previously of Honey Eater Kitchen fame, have absolutely outdone themselves (and everyone else).
We’ll probably be there every night of the week for awhile, come say hi.
LOCATION: 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
HOURS: 11.30am until late Tuesday to Sunday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith