DINNER REVIEW: Kwan Brothers, Fortitude Valley

Kwan Brothers is another restaurant that has been on my hit list. It is open seven days until late. And when they say late they don’t mean Brisbane late (8.30pm) but 1am late. Kwan Bros is in the same group as Alfred and Constance, Doughnut Time and Alfredo’s.


The menu is filled with small plates perfect for sharing. We sat at the bar and firstly ordered the Famous Chicken Wings. They came in a crispy coating with a yummy dipping sauce. I am usually not a big fan of meat on the bone but these were meaty, juicy and delicious with a bit of chilli for an extra kick. Although they did come with some pickled pineapple which I don’t think was necessary.
I can’t go past salt and Pepper calamari so that was our second dish. It was perfectly cooked in a light batter.
We ordered one dish from the large plates the Pork Belly served with a pickled watermelon salad. The pork was delicious and succulent. The watermelon was interesting but I am not convinced on their pairing.
We were feeling slightly peckish still so asked our bartenders advice for our final dish and I wish he had ordered everything for us!

He chose Cousin Kwan’s Chicken Satay Skewers which came with a peanut sauce and pickled cucumber. The bitter cucumber balanced out the smooth texture of the sauce and the chicken was spicy and smokey at the same time. My god these have to have been the best skewers I have ever had.


As it was a school night I behaved myself and stayed away from the drinks. All of the cocktails the bar tender was making looked superb. They offer tap beer as well I would recommend the Kirin.


You cannot make bookings for groups smaller than four and I was glad we didn’t. Sitting at the bar provided a unique experience that I wouldn’t trade for an ordinary table. The bar man was friendly, chatty and personable. The food arrived quickly but you can tell this place gets busy later in the week so be prepared to wait for a table.


Kwan brothers is located in the same area as Alfred and Constance, Alfredo’s and Doughnut Time. It is directly behind the Fortitude Valley train station. On street parking is available but limited. The venue is lit dimly with exposed brick. Lots of large tables to cater for big groups, small bar tables and bar seating (were we sat).

Kwan Brothers was a great choice for dinner. The food was fun and light. The service was great. I loved some items on the menu but some were a bit try hard. Overall 7/10.

Photo credit – urban list

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