Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, you name it, Chatswood has it. This thriving commercial hub on Sydney’s North Shore offers an abundance of reputable establishments providing unbelievably fresh, high quality fare for the copious numbers of discerning patrons. Here are our top 10 places to visit for a delicious Asian meal.
The dishes at Chum Yang will take you straight to the streets of bustling Bangkok. The chef’s favourite regional dishes are centre stage at this restaurant in The Interchange’s ‘The District’ food court. Take a seat in their bright yellow chairs and indulge in the house favourite larb wings or nua foy crunchy shredded beef with peanuts, coriander and palm sugar.
Chatswood Interchange, P4/436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Bao Dao’s reputation for top shelf Taiwanese fare is unrivalled on the Chatswood food scene and the constantly packed eatery is testament to the fact. The Baodao pork belly buns are the stuff of legend, and we strongly suggest ordering them as a pair. The beef tendon noodle soup and the Baodao pork with rice team nicely with a serve of spicy wontons crispy tofu with pickled cabbage.
8/376 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Renowned for their high quality Japanese cuisine and delicious ramen, this is a must-visit on a dreary winters day. A broad range of chicken and pork based ramen are available, with soy, salt or miso based soups teamed with tender meat, egg, shallots, mushrooms, seaweed, bean sprouts and home made noodles – our picks is the Gyoki Black.
226 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Chum Tang’s predecessor, Khao Pla delivers all the Thai classics, from pad si ew with chicken, egg and chinese broccoli to Massamun Thai curry with slow cooked beef, tamarind and palm sugar. Bulk out your order with crispy calamari with tom yum spice salt and the wok fried razor clam with chilli jam and Thai basil.
7/370-374 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Not a single restaurant per-say, but this cluster of leading Asian food franchises in Westfield is a heavenly labyrinth of top shelf Asian fare. From the pork mo burgers of Noodle Warrior to the saffron roasted chicken at Chachu’s – it’s impossible to make a bad decision in this little alley.
Charlotte Lane, Westfield Chatswood
Offering authentic Sanuki Udon, the Japanese udon famous for its firmness and strong flavour, Marukame Udon is a local’s favourite. Offering kamaage, kake, bukkake and tonkotsu styles of Sanuki udon, this is the place for udon purists. Team a bowl with the wagyu beef curry or the aburi salmon bowl with seared salmon, salmon roe and rice.
332 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
While we are well aware that the name is likely all the convincing you’ll need, Din Tai Fung’s Chatswood branch in Westfield is the only place you need visit if you have incomparably fresh dumplings on your mind. With every dumpling delicately hand made before your eyes you’ll struggle to refrain from ordering several serves.
Level 3, Chatswood Westfield, 1 Anderson Street, Chatswood
Proud holders of a Michelin star, the Tim Ho Wan name is synonymous with top shelf dim sum that will have you begging for thirds. Their signature baked-bun with BBQ pork packs are a perfect sweet/sour combination and try their range of freshly made dumplings; the spinach with garlic and enoki mushrooms are addictive and you’ll fall in love with the cold mango pomelo for dessert.
Chatswood Interchange, 75A and 76A/436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Your quintessential Chinese restaurant, Peking Duck’s signature dish is the half Peking duck with six pancakes or steamed buns. Their range of Peking style dim sum is also highly prized, while the pork san choy bow is a popular entree. Round things out with a hearty hot pot with braised pork ribs and mushrooms.
308 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Two Two Korean Street Food
This low-key venue churns out lip smacking Korean Fried Chicken like there’s no tomorrow, with your choice of original or boneless pieces and flavour (sweet n spicy, soy crunch, soy garlic, chilli soy and more) alongside fresh cabbage slaw and white pickles in typical Korean style. Be sure to add a side of kimchi to your order
3/370 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood