With its namesake dragon the ultimate symbol of good fortune, power and strength, Dragon Cove pays homage to a view of luxury yachts resting on the sparkling waters of Sanctuary Cove Boat Harbour. Not only is the restaurant a light-filled inviting and thoroughly modern space, it’s also beautifully appointed, and arguably the most upmarket Chinese restaurant in Queensland.
Tear your eyes away from the vista, if you can, and it’s obvious that the sparkling Dragon Cove represents the ‘new China’. The décor and artwork make statements of their own. In place of many of the traditional elements often associated with Chinese restaurants, such as red carpet and lanterns, there are touches of international sophistication and luxury in the setting, tone and service of the restaurant which put Dragon Cove well above its peers.
The dining area’s airy and light, with sunlight flooding over a mixture of private booths, small and large table dining, all clad in white linen. Still overlooking the view, a plush private function room adjoins one end of the restaurant.
For me, though, it’s the artwork which makes the biggest statement. A set of postmodern paintings, one above each booth, makes a bold political comment about Asian politics. One features the leaders of China, Vietnam and Korea as children in conference deciding what to do about their political opponents. It gives us a view of China we’ve not seen before; wry, intriguing, and able to laugh at itself.
We’re here for yum cha on a Sunday, choosing a mixture of dishes from the à la carte menu, as well as from the trolleys. We sample a couple of house specialties, such as the Xiao Long Bao (Soup dumplings) and Dragon Cove Sui Mai (Prawn and fish roe perched on top of steamed dim sum), which are specially marked on the menu. The Soup dumplings, served with a vinegary sauce, melt in the mouth, their pastry approaching gossamer-thin fame; their filling tasty. It’s a worthy portent of food to follow. No dishes disappoint, and neither does the service.
There are many other specialties which demand a return visit: #1, #2, or #3 course Peking Duck; Mongolian Teppan made with Wagyu Beef; or, best of all, Typhoon Shelter – Wok-fried lobsters in dried garlic, black bean and breadcrumbs! Seafood is king here and, as with Landmark, we’ve heard that it’s possible to break all the boundaries and ask to dine as the chef desires…
We’re treated with formal service from bow-tied, attentive and beautifully spoken staff, our plates whisked away between courses, wine poured and water glasses refilled, all carefully monitored by Restaurant Manager, Alfonso Au.
“We need to keep the standards up, for both food and service,” Alfonso tells us as we settle the bill. “We’re always looking to see how we can improve.”
Whether you arrive by buggy, boat, car or plane, Dragon Cove offers diners delicious food, served in a luxurious setting with dignity and grace. Boundary breaking, bold and exciting, a meal at Dragon Cove is an absolute delight!
Shop 3D, The Docks, Sanctuary Cove Ph: 07 5577 9918