Lunch daily noon-3pm
Dinner Sun-Thu 5.30pm-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-10pm
There are half-bows to Korea - kimchi accompanies fried pork hock and stir-fried mushrooms are braised in a rich soy-based sauce - but Madame Wu mostly looks to China for inspiration. And, in the case of toasty, rice-crusted wagyu brisket, that's no bad thing. The beef arrives scented with anise in parcels scattered with enoki, shiitake and king browns, amped up with pickled chilli and oyster sauce. Pork mince dumplings sit on a bed of puréed corn, kicked into balance with a blast of black vinegar and fiery Chiu Chow sauce, while snapper fillets arrive Guilin-style, doused in Tsingtao beer with capsicum, onion and red chilli. The wine list favours the mainstream, but the by-the-glass offer is generous. Add in cracking river views and Madame Wu makes for a bustling post-work haunt, although service standards can dive when it's busy. End on a sweet note, with a ginger-spiked poached pear and honey cream confection.
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