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Brewery Bhavana

On Sunday, Jack and I made an impromptu trip to Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh. I had never been before, but had seen photos of the interior online, and the menu looked to die for. Unfortunately, when we got there at 5:15, only 15 minutes after opening we were told that there was an hour wait. We knew it was Father’s Day, but didn’t think about that when we were choosing a restaurant. Luckily, the hostess mentioned that there always tends to be no-shows and that a 5 o’clock reservation was a still a no show. She said to give her 20 minutes, so we sat at the bar and grabbed some drinks.

When we were seated, I already had my heart set on the roasted peking duck, so I ordered it ahead of time, since I know they have have limited quantities, and that the cook time takes about 30 minutes.

A Little Something – (Small Plates)


Brewery Bhavana Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
Pork Bao Dumplings
Pork Bao Dumplings


For small plates we ordered the Pork Bao Dumplings ($9.80). These gems are filled with braised pork and black mushrooms. We also ordered the Crab Rangoon ($10.80). These aren’t your normal Chinese take-out crab rangoon either. These are filled with actual blue crab meat and not the imitation stuff. And being from Maryland, I don’t have to tell you how much I love anything with blue crab. Both were absolutely amazing and cooked to perfection.

After the small plates we did have a bit of a wait, which was fine because we were in no rush and had a lot of food coming. It was also extremely busy.

A Bit Larger – (Large Plates)


For larger plates we ordered the Nasi Goring Crab Fried Rice  ($20.80), Steamed Whole Fish ($19.80/MP), and the Peking Duck ($45.80). The fried rice and steamed fish were first to arrive, and both were fantastic in their own ways.


Sichuan Fish
Sichuan Fish
Brewery Bhavana - Nasi Goring Crab Fried Rice
Nasi Goring Crab Fried Rice


The fried rice is beautifully presented in an egg crepe, and full of blue crab meat. If I had to choose a favorite, I think this is it, and would definitely order it again.

The Sichuan Fish was also spectacular. This is more of a soup, and has lots of  herbs, red bell peppers, enoki mushrooms, and cabbage. It also has fish sauce in it which I was worried about since Jack doesn’t like it, but you couldn’t tell it was present in the dish – which is how it is supposed to be. It also was nice and spicy – and we both loved that about it.

To be honest, I was most excited about the duck, but to me it seemed so lack luster compared to the other dishes. Now, I know I say lack luster, but it was still delicious.

Brewery Bhavana - Roasted Peking Duck
Roasted Peking Duck

At the end of the day, I can’t say enough good things about our experience. From our waitress to the food, it was hands down some of the best food i’ve eaten in Raleigh. I would highly recommend Brewery Bhavana to everyone, whether it is a special occasion, or if you just want to try something new and exciting. 🙂 You can visit their site here.

For other Raleigh eats, check out what I had to say about Tonbo Ramen

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