NINETEEN years after opening, three chefs will relaunch Chatters Cafe and Restaurant’s menu as part of its Chinese New Year event.
The event will feature a lion dance, kung fu performance and a Chinese New Year banquet on February 9.
Chefs will be serving up dishes including steamed fish, dusty chicken, peking ribs, noodle bowls and chicken rice.
Co-owner Boon Tian said the relaunch came after realising their customers’ tastes had changed.
“When we first started 19 years ago, we changed the concept of Chinese food,” he said.
“What we offered was all the authentic dishes but we realised the people couldn’t accept the taste yet.
“So we started to modify the food but now we have realised that people’s palates have become more sophisticated; they can actually accept the food.
“My dad used to be very good in cooking as well so now he is coming back to the kitchen, and my Morley and Midland chefs are coming back with a really authentic Asian cuisine from Singapore and Thailand.”
Mr Tian said he wanted to change the community’s perception that the restaurant “looked expensive” as it was affordable.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, they would watch a lion dance and visit each other and bring oranges, which stood for “good luck”.
“Chinese New Year for us is like Christmas; we have our reunion dinner where everyone gets together, then we pay respects to the seniors,” he said.