Monday, March 7, 2011

King of Kings @ Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Fortitude Valley or more well known as the Valley among the locals is a mish mash of Chinese grocery stores, run down chinese restaurants, pubs and clubs. While in the day it is the official Chinatown for the Brisbane CBD despite the rather dead and tired attire, it is nothing more than a place for me to get asian pantry supplies or some cheap fish; at night, the drunks roam the area turning it into a rather noisy and dark place.

Despite that shady reputation, this place apart from the CBD is the closest place I can get hold of some dim sum. Warned by groups of people that you will never find any decent dim sum here, we took a punt from Urbanspoon and tried King of Kings.

A tall name, i say.  

So what have i got to say? I must say despite all the warnings, you can savour a decent bite of yum cha here after all. Not the best or the daintiest, but it looks like dim sum and tastes like dim sum.


Decent dumpling, beef tripe and my must order salt and pepper squid.


The Char Leung had a chewy core, which i prefer over the over-fried crullers you get some times. 


Plump har gau that I can't complain of the reputation of the area was akin to a tourist trap.


The Polo Buns were surprisingly pleasant too.

All in all, despite the shady area and the dated decor which looks like it was untouched since the 80s, we were still served a decent meal of dim sum which was a 15 minute walk away, made much easier if the temperature stays cooling like the last weekend.

Address and contact details:

King of Kings on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Find yourself wanting to eat some dim sum but don't want to travel all the way to Sunnybank, give Fortitude Valley i try.


Life for Beginners said...

If it looks like it, and if tastes like it... it will certainly do... until one gets something better. :P

J said...

A dark place where drunks roaming around noisily? Aiyo. Sounds really dodgy loh.

Be careful!

Baby Sumo said...

You can indulge in all the dim sum you want when you come back to KL :)

Sean said...

i like the restaurant's name. very catchy! if they ever open a sister outlet, queen of queens would be a cool name too :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: then u would need a jack of jacks too!

babysumo: as much as i can squeeze, but dim sum usually fill me up rite thru to dinner!

j: thats at nite so we usually dont walk there obviously.

kenny: it would have to do if it looks like it and taste like it for now

Michelle Chin said...

Polo bun!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: yea!

CUMI & CIKI said...

dodgy areas are really cool! that's where all the good food is. I see you have not lost your touch finding all the gr8 joints for dimsum;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: the cinapek in me nvr dies la, after a couple wks of guai lo brekky, need to go back to some good old dim sum.