A new face has landed in the Parade’s brunch scene in the former Chapter Two site.
Mr Chu Eatery‘s intriguing exterior, emblazoned with ‘Coming Soon’ signs has been seen by many locals, and now they’re open.
Behind the glass doors is Mr Chu’s team, led by hospitality native Daniel Chu and business partner Mr Liew, who have been working hard to get the project off the ground.
Mr Chu is the culmination of Daniel’s goals in his 10 year career as chef.
“The idea was to do brunch and dinner with a South East Asian inspired menu,” Daniel says.
“This is what I’ve always wanted to do… the plan was in my mind for many years and it’s an excellent location.”
Mr Chu serves a menu fusing and modernising Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, using the best of local produce.
In terms of what will likely be offered on the food front, Daniel hints towards a brunch menu with a twist.
Notably a truffle mie goreng for breakfast which may be a first in SA.
“We’ll have a truffle mushroom toastie, so it’s the classics with a twist,” Daniel says.
The eatery’s Facebook page attests to this with mentions of “truffle mie goreng, roti goreng, nasi goreng wagyu and tom yum calamari salad.”
The dinner menu will be purely seasonal so expect it to change regularly.
Daniel tells us that its release is imminent and that vegan and vegetarian friendly options will be aplenty with the option to add protein.
“This is my heritage and there’s no one else in the Parade or Norwood area doing it like this.”
Mr Chu is also welcoming ‘coffee, kopi or cà phê lovers’.
Interestingly, the eatery will have the SA’s first Poursteady Filter Coffee Machine, a popular and relatively recent US creation from 2015 which speeds up the coffee making process through the use of a hi-tech water delivery device.
“I’m very into drinking coffee so when I saw this machine, I knew that I wanted it,” he laughs.
“Basically when you traditionally boil water and pour it yourself, there will always be some variation with human hands, this machine makes constant, measured quality coffee.”
As well as an expansive tea selection (from chrysanthemum to chamomile to chai), the eatery will offer a range of cocktails, wines, and craft beers from SA.
When completed, the venue will boast a modern fit out that Daniel describes as “very clean, contemporary, comfortable and cosy.”
The eatery’s wide doors will open to the street so passerby can look in and patrons can enjoy the Parade’s warm atmosphere.
The eatery will be welcoming customers seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, with dinner service from Thursday to Sunday.
Mr Chu Eatery is located at 220 The Parade, Norwood Adelaide.