Chefs Gallery Hurstville has a new name, a new menu, and it’s spicing up the southern Sydney suburb.
Chefs Gallery first burst onto Sydney’s dining scene in 2010 and – with restaurants in Town Hall, North Ryde, Bankstown, Parramatta and Hurstville – has been a favourite go-to ever since for mid-priced dumplings, noodles and other Pan-Asian goodness.
So when the Hurstville store – which now goes by the name of Chefs Gallery Classic – jiggles up its menu, you take notice. Everyone’s dumpling and noodle favourites are still on the menu (relax people), but there’s a few new faces. Appealing to the local community, the Hurstville concept restaurant has a revamped menu that’s all about traditional Southern Chinese cuisine. Specifically from the Sichuan and Hunan provinces, the new dishes are a study in the restrained yin and yang of Chinese cuisine.
A lesson in Southern Chinese cuisine
First, you need to succeed in the challenge of finding Chefs Gallery Classic (it’s tucked inside Westfield Hurstville’s Forest Road entrance – if in doubt refer to the Westfield directory screens, as I did), If you pass this test, you’ll be treated with the luscious smell of chilli as you walk down into the basement restaurant.
Handed a beautifully-illustrated menu, the size of a George R. R. Martin novel, choosing just a few dishes is a challenge. There’s a choice of 90+ share plates – from seafood and pork to rice and Sichuan-style hot pots – and they’re all delicious-sounding. Except maybe the braised pig ears and chicken gizzards – you’re on your own with the offal.
So much choice, it took the husband and I 30 minutes to come to an agreement on what we wanted to order – there was so much debating anyone would have thought we were trying out for the debate team.
This is what we agreed to share…
Sadly, the emoji custard balls were all sold out (who doesn’t want to see a grimacing emoji spew custard?). So we settled on the egg pancakes with mango ice cream.
As for drinks, there’s a small selection of juices, iced teas, wines, beers and ciders to choose from, along with milo. Or you can BYO wine ($10 bottle corkage).
Chefs Gallery Classic is…
Chefs Gallery Classic is a winner. The servings are generous, the service efficient and the price reasonable. You can get a serious feast for less than $100, which is unheard of in my world. Plus, everything is super fresh and flavour-filled.
It’s the perfect Hurstville dinner (or lunch) option. Especially if you’ve finished shopping or about to see a movie and don’t feel like another round of Oporto, or whatever your food court choosing of choice is. It’s also family-friendly, so feel free to bring the brood.
I can’t say that I’m fluent in the art of Southern Chinese cooking but I am fluent in eating, and it’s hard not to be impressed by Chefs Gallery Classic. At the very least, you’re guaranteed to be impressed by the chefs in their zoo-like glassed kitchen, hand-making noodles like it’s an Olympic sport.
Chefs Gallery Classic | Westfield Hurstville, Forest Road entrance, Hurstville, New South Wales
Phone: (02) 9580 4524