We Shortlist the Best Restaurants Near Chatswood Station

4 December, 2018

Eating with friends is one of the greatest pleasures there is. That pleasure is amplified when the atmosphere is bustling, and the food is irrefutably inviting. If you love Chatswood, then it’s very likely Asian cuisines occupy your dreams at night. Sichuan peppers, creamy tonkotsu broth, luxe XO sauce, and regional Thai combine to give Chatswood its reputation as the suburb destined for your dining out adventures.

Chum Tang

Chef Taweenrach Rojratanavichai (nicknamed Pla) was born in Bangkok and has carved a name for himself working the kitchens of Spice I Am, Ms.G’s and Mr Wong. Like its sister restaurant, Khao Pla, the Thai food served at Chum Tang doesn’t dilute its heat or punch for Western palates. It’s authentic regional Thai cuisine best summed up in dishes such as Pla ma kham (fried battered fish fillet with tamarind sauce) and Yum mango pu nim (green mango salad with soft shell crab, shallot, coriander, peanuts, dried shrimp, chilli and lime dressing).

China Chilli

The Sichuanese food being prepared at China Chilli sets tongues wagging with its uniquely spicy, sometimes numbing staples, such as the chef-recommended Sichuan braised pork belly or Sichuan style king prawns with crispy rice cake. If your interest is suitably piqued, book in advance and prepare to acquaint yourself with the iPad ordering system – a futuristic touch that will have dishes arriving at your table in record time.


Mastering the art of ramen is the obsession of Ippudo’s founders, who believe that every steaming bowl is an “arigato” to its customers around the world. The restaurant chain’s accolades are many, including Michelin guide listings in Hong Kong and New York. The selection of ramens on offer are unmatched. Think creamy tonkotsu broth, signature secret dashi, chewy housemade noodles that absorb the right amount of silky broth, and countless classic toppings.

General Chao

This Asian-Australian restaurant helmed by head chef Son Sewoo features an XO sauce-specific menu. This spicy Chinese condiment adds instant depth and richness to dishes and is made from a base of dried scallop, squid and shrimp. As such, it’s pretty pungent and pricey to buy. General Chao proudly makes six versions, served in and beside dishes such as prawn toast, Chao’s special fried rice, and whole steamed snapper.

Memory Tongue

Hot pot is one of the best communal dining experiences there is. Drink in the vast menu and pop the quantity you’d like in the box beside each item. Choose from an array of interestingly named broths, including Soul Catching Spicy Soup, Nourishing Fungus Soup, and Chongqing Spicy Hotpot with Rendered Beef Fat. Then read on to select your cold side dishes and premium meats for dunking in the bubbling broth.