Chinese restaurant Wu Chow opens Thursday downtown

Chinese native Ji Ping Chen will serve as the executive chef at Wu Chow, a new venture from the owners of Swift's Attic.
Chinese native Ji Ping Chen will serve as the executive chef at Wu Chow, a new venture from the owners of Swift’s Attic.

Chinese restaurant Wu Chow opens its doors downtown at 500 W. Fifth St. in the IBC Bank Building on Thursday. The restaurant from the owners of Swift’s Attic will serve dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine, led by Chinese-born and raised executive chef Ji Peng Chen and dim sum chef Ling Qi Wu. The upmarket Wu Chow, which bills itself as serving “authentically prepared Chinese food,” will initially serve only dinner, with lunch and dim sum service slated to begin later this month. The menu will include dishes like Shanghai soup dumplings, salt-and-pepper squid, yu xiang eggplant and mapo tofu, as well as seasonal specials. The restaurant’s initial hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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