West End Garden’s secret to success lies in its ability to join the dots between Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines. A quick glance at a map of Brisbane’s restaurants reveals that the city isn’t short short of either of these specialties, but it’s less common to find a restaurant that explores the connections between these two distinct and related Asian culinary cultures. West End Garden takes you on this voyage in spacious, light-filled premises down in South Brisbane, minutes from the station down Melbourne Street and at the northern end of retail and dining precinct of West End, from which the restaurant takes its name. Spacious it may, be but popularity demands an advance booking!
Dropping into West End Garden’s Melbourne Street location is easy – given its proximity to South Brisbane station the restaurant gets a lot of custom from Brisbane’s CBD, Highgate Hill and West End itself. Regulars are checking in to take advantage of West End Garden’s fantastic lunch selection, with the wok-cooked selections being the most popular. Spanning Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines, try the Mongolian or basil beef, the sweet and sour pork, Hokkien beef noodles, the chilli and lemongrass chicken or the spicy Sichuan chicken. Vegetarians are well looked after too, with the tofu rolls a great prelude to stay veggies or the vegetarian laksa.
Your best bet if you want to test the waters at West End Garden is to reserve a table for evening a la carte dining. We highly recommend chef’s specialties such as the Vietnamese beef balls, the Chinese-style battered duck with plum sauce, Vietnamese lemongrass calamari, soft-shell crab paired with Vietnamese papaya salad and a tamarind sauce, or the fresh Moreton Bay bugs served with a range of homemade sauces – chilli bean, ginger and shallot, and creamy garlic pepper. For the full monty, book ahead for a West End Garden banquet – two options at different price points per head, for five, six or more diners. A superlative Asian restaurant in South Brisbane, West End Garden is a hot spot for dining in Brisbane.
We had friendly efficient service and delicious food. It was a relaxing environment with plenty of space so we didn't feel cramped. We'll be back.
Food and service is always great and the staff are so welcoming. It’s always a busy place but this doesn’t seem to stop prompt service.
Service was great, table waiting for us on arrival and staff were friendly. Meals were of a good quality. Space for our table of 6 to eat and talk without feeling like we were on top of or squeezed in between other tables.