Sifu, Crowne Plaza

Sifu is the latest culinary attraction to open in Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise following its sale in late 2015. Meaning ‘giving luck’, it’s a contemporary venue presenting Cantonese and Schezuan cuisine to Gold Coast diners in style.

sifu-001 Decked out in orange, black and gold, the venue looks elegant and auspicious yet relaxed. We are greeted warmly and seated in the dining area, a long space fringed by windows which look out through sheer drapes to the gardens beyond, a resident kookaburra perched just outside the window.

ihg-ceo-sifu-owner-and-chef IHG COO Australasia & Japan Karin Sheppard, Crowne Plaza owner Alex Ong, and Chef Kyle Bu at Sifu’s opening.

Sifu’s menu comprises authentic traditional style Chinese dishes, the work of master wok chef Kyle Bu. Having worked in the Shangri-la, Hilton, Sofitel and Banyan Tree hotels in China, Bu moved to Darwin, where he was Master Head Chef at SkyCity Casino.

He’s brought some of his signature dishes with him from SkyCity’s Dragon Court Restaurant: Salt and pepper quail and Mongolian lamb pancake as starters, and his wok specialties such as Cantonese black pepper beef; Stir fried scallops with snow peas, XO sauce, mushrooms, carrot flower and ginger; and Kung pao pork with Schezuan style chilli sauce, dried chilli and cashew nuts.

sifu_seafood-san-choi-bao Seafood is a star, with ingredients treated with respect to maximise their flavour, beautifully plated to please. Two large aquariums house crab, lobster and coral trout available on the menu cooked to your choice.

sifu_dim-sum While it’s tempting to indulge in some stir fry dishes, we decide to dine lightly at lunchtime, sharing delicious Seafood san choi bao of Mooloolaba prawns, squid and scallops with crispy onions, sesame seeds and spring onions, and some Steamed pork dim sum with prawn and crab roe as starters. It’s preparation for the main event, the much anticipated Peking Duck.

It has been said that if you are in Beijing, there are two things that you must do: one is to climb the Great Wall of China, and the other is to eat Peking Duck.

sifu_peking-duck-2 Peking Duck has a long history, its origins dating back 600 years to the Ming Dynasty. Once a dish that was confined to the kitchens of the Imperial Palace and served only to emperors, this highly-guarded secret recipe was later smuggled out of the kitchen and onto the streets of Beijing. Now available worldwide, Peking Duck has become a national symbol of China.

sifu_peking-duck-4 Elaborately prepared, air is pumped between duck’s skin and flesh, the duck coated in a special mixture and roasted. The meat is prized for its thin, golden brown crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat.

sifu_peking-duck-3 Fortunately for us, several restaurants on the Gold Coast specialise in Peking Duck, Sifu being one of them.

While the meat is considered of lesser importance to the skin, at Sifu the hot duck is cut into small squares of deliciously crisp skin (and thankfully some meat) placed into thin pancakes with cucumber, shallots and hoisin sauce. Hard to stop at just a few, they’re so exquisite, the pancakes are only the first course.

sifu_peking-duck-rice Diners have the choice of Peking Duck served in two or three ways: Peking duck pancakes and Sifu stir fried rice with duck in the two-course option ($88) or Duck soup with bok choy and tofu, and Stir-fried noodles with duck meat following duck pancakes in the three-course Peking Duck ($108).

sifu_mango-pudding Desserts of Mango Pudding and Deep-fried banana complete the meal. While there are Chinese and Australian beers on offer, we choose from the wine list, which offers wine by the bottle or glass.

sifu_banana-fritter-with-green-tea-icecream Sifu gives us an elegant traditional Chinese culinary experience. With very few Chinese restaurants of this calibre in hotels on the Gold Coast, its dining comfort will be welcomed by the Gold Coast public and visitors alike.

sifu-10 Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2807 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise Ph: 07 5592 9900

Open:   Tues – Sat 12 noon – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm.

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of Sifu.

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