Happy Boy

Provincial Chinese cuisine in the heart of the Valley.
Laura Dawson
Published on April 01, 2023
Updated on May 17, 2023


Once located in Spring Hill, Happy Boy moved to the heart of Fortitude Valley at the end of 2017. Situated under dappled fairy lights on East Street, the larger kitchen space has given the Happy Boy team room to play with the cuisines of Xinjiang, Canton and Sichuan.

While the existing menu remains largely the same to appease old fans, new flavours have made an appearance over the years. The menu is perfect for sharing with friends, so make sure you order a range of dishes to experience the best of what's on offer.

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Breakfast is no longer on the menu, but you can come for lunch and dinner every day except Monday, tucking into some great deals.

Lunch specials all come in under $17, so if you've been looking for a shake up from your usual sarnie you just might have found it with the Cha-Siu style BBQ chicken either served on fried rice or wok-tossed noodles ($17) or the rich beef brisket stew with noodle knots ($15).

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Dinner includes Taiwanese fried chicken sliders, prawn and pork wontons in a spicy broth and the ever-classic Beijing duck pancakes.

Choose some vegetable dishes to supplement your mains or, if you're vegetarian, choose from some of the many exciting meat-free options available. Perhaps try the gold and burnt broccoli with black beans or many mushroom much tofu with broccoli and light soy.

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When it comes to meats and seafood you've got plenty of choices at Brisbane's Happy Boy, with the Chinese BBQ offering roast duck or crispy pork belly, or perhaps try the flash fried lamb in Sichuan spiced oil.

Truly, the best option is simply to head along once and try what you like, and then come back a second time to tick the rest of your choices off the menu. The wine list is comprehensive, staff are knowledgeable and friendly and you'll love the buzzing atmosphere of the open dining room. Truly, Happy Boy is a Valley must-do.

Images: Anwyn Howarth


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