One of the most auspicious dates on the Chinese and Vietnamese calendars, the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival occurs on the date when the moon is at its fullest. This year, a host of local retailers in the Valley Malls and surrounds will mark the occasion with in-venue celebrations, including lanterns and special menu items. Dine out in the Valley on Saturday 18 September from 6:30 – 9:30pm and spy roving entertainment including theatrical performers, stilt walkers, lion and dragon dances and other Moon Festival characters.
 
Get among the Moon Festival celebrations at these Valley venues, plus take advantage of cracker dining deals at select restaurants and eateries on Saturday 18  September. Be sure to book ahead so you don’t miss out!

 
Wickham Street
 
Wickham Street has a bevy of restaurants to wine and dine in for a lunar celebration – from authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Vietnam House Restaurant and The Vietnamese Restaurant to specialised Thai menus at Full Moon Bar & Restaurant and Tara Thai.
 
For Cantonese cuisine, we love the southern Chinese dishes from Golden BBQ Restaurant and Super Bowl Chinese Restaurant – mmmm crispy duck! Need some mooncakes to complete your meal? Stop in at Yuen’s Market for all your Asian staples, or head to Lin & Co Thai Supermarket for Thai ingredients and homewares.
 
Cathedral Place
 
Vegetarians (and vegans) are well-catered for during Moon Festival at Tea Master Vegetarian Cafe Restaurant with tasty Taiwanese meals and yum cha, plus bubble tea.  For teppanyaki fun, book a seat at Oyama Japanese Restaurant, which also offers sushi and a la carte meals, too.
 
Little Street
 
For all your Thai and Asian meal requirements, plus plenty of snacks and treats to sustain your celebrations, hit up The Valley Grocer on Little Street. We also love the Thai-inspired plant-based cuisine at Little Digs Cafe.
 
Alden Street
 
Book into Honto, just off Wickham Street on Alden Street, for a delicious fine dining experience with reimagined Japanese cuisine and share plates.
 
Ann Street/Bakery Lane
 
With Asian influences by way of LA, Mr. Mista is a high-octane dining experience on Ann Street. Also on Ann Street, Nonbei Sake Bar & BBQ is perfect for Japanese street food and barbecue dishes, as is Bird’s Nest Restaurant for Japanese-style yakatori, or Nom Nom Korean Eatery for street food with a Korean flavour.
 
If it’s dumplings you crave for Moon Festival, head to Gung Ho Dumpling, a delightful dim sum restaurant tucked into Bakery Lane.
 
Warner Street
 
Over on Warner Street, Nom Nom Bao – Burger + Beer is your festival stop for pillowy baos with plenty of addictive fillings.
 
Valley Metro
 
For fast, fresh and convenient fare from a variety of Asian cuisines, Valley Metro on Brunswick Street is your go-to. Sample Vietnamese rolls and bowls from Roll’d, hand-rolled sushi at Sushi Paradise and Woolworths Metro, Chinese faves at Jackpot Express and, of course, Taiwanese-style bubble teas from Gong Cha. Shop Sunlit Asian Supermarket for all your at-home meal needs and visit Mr Curry for authentic Japanese curries and rice.
 
Brunswick Street Mall
 
There’s also no shortage of Asian eateries and restaurants to dine in along Brunswick Street. Located in the Brunswick Street Mall, stop into Good Morning Sushi or Sushi Kenzen for fresh Japanese flavours, authentic Thai and Laos cuisine at Thai Wi-Rat hole-in-the-wall restaurant and 8848 Momo House, where you can select from an array of Nepalese dumplings aka momos.
 
You can also dig into Filipino cuisine at Best Friends – Kainan Sa Valley and source fresh and frozen ingredients at Best Friends Philippine Asian Foods supermarket within McWhirters Retail on the mall. While you’re there, stop for pan-Asian takeaway from Asian 88 and Cheung’s Cakes & Cafe’s delicate pastries, traditional sweets and celebratory cakes.
 
For an authentic TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) experience, visit Wing Hing Herbal Shop at the bottom of the mall for good luck and longevity for the Moon Festival.
 
Brunswick Street
 
Further up Brunswick Street, sample the modern Japanese menu at Kenjin Brisbane. Ling Ling’s Bar & Late Night Restaurant has a pan-Asian and dim sum menu to help you celebrate into the wee hours with Cindy Chow’s Theatre & Cocktail Bar also on site for Asian-style bites and scrumptious cocktails to toast the Moon Festival.

Central Brunswick
 
Central Brunswick is another spot for Asian-inspired eats. Savour South Asian cuisines such as India, Thailand and Malaysian at Stone & Copper restaurant.
 
Chinatown Mall
 

If you want to be in the heart of the roving Moon Festival action, get along to these Chinatown Mall restaurants. For yum cha or a la carte Chinese, book a table at Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant or Enjoy Inn, or celebrate with Vietnamese cuisine at District 1 restaurant.
 
Can’t decide what to eat? Go with the flow with Asian fusion at Woka Woka. If Japanese suits your palate for Moon Festival dining, opt for the tasty street eats at Tatsu Ramen & Gyoza Bar on Duncan Street, or Wagaya Japanese Restaurant for more traditional fare.
 
Where will you celebrate the Moon Festival in the Valley? Discover all the ways to travel to the Valley.

– September 2021