Asian Infusions: Best Chinese Restaurants in Sydney
From san choy bao and sizzling stir-fries to fine-dining and fusion fare, Sydney's has its pick of deliciously authentic Chinese restaurants. And with Chinese New Year just around the corner, there couldn't be a better time to sample the exotic flavours of the Orient. So finesse your chopstick action, and prepare for a feast of the senses – here’s where to go to chow down on the best Chinese food in Sydney.
Home to celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, this glossy Potts Point restaurant is one of the go-to for Chinese-Australian fusion fare. Every plate features locally grown produce, with delicious results. Try the stir-fried organic hokkien noodles and the crispy organic salt bush cakes. Plus, Kylie has announced this month that the restaurant will be closing sometime this year, so make sure you visit before the doors close for good.
1/28 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Merivale's Queen Chow reigns supreme on the Sydney food scene. Elegant yet casual, the sophisticated deep green timber and marble interiors set the scene for an opulent affair. The menu embraces Australian culture around local, Chinese dining with reimagined fusion classics listed beside traditional Cantonese dishes. Come hungry and start with a selection of dim sum- the wild mushroom dumplings and prawn har gu go perfectly. For a group affair, a shared meal of mud crab, roast duck with plum sauce and black market Black Angus beef with king oyster mushroom and potato will do the trick.
Enmore and Manly
Perched on Woolloomooloo Wharf, China Doll is sleek and stylish, boasting views of the city skyline. Its menu is pan-Asian, featuring Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian dishes with a modern twist. The plates are made for sharing, so gather a group and while you’re eating, sip on a colourful cocktail inspired by Asian ingredients.
4/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
In the CBD, Angel Place is known for its distinctive bird-cage display and for China Lane, a modern Chinese restaurant run by the good folk behind China Doll. Expect the classics served with a twist – think pulled pork bao with sriracha mayo and crispy shallots. The robata grilled lamb fillet has a spicy hit, as do the salt and pepper prawns with wok-smoked chilli.
2 Angel Place, Sydney
Neil Perry’s Spice Temple is a sensory experience from start to finish. The dining room is striking: picture silk curtains, rich red carpets and black furnishings, and the menu is attention-grabbing. The shared banquet style dishes range from pickles, salads and dumplings to hot pots, stir-frys and braised meats. As one of Sydney's most celebrated Chinese restaurants, you're in for a gruaranteed treat.
10 Bligh Street, Sydney
Led by legendary chef Dan Hong, Mr Wong has a flash, Shanghai-inspired fit-out and the menu to match. The dim sum, and the roasted angus beef shortrib hits the spot every time. For seafood lovers, the wok-fried mud crab is a must! Make sure to ask for lashings of the housemade XO sauce.
3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
The streets of Ashfield are lined with Chinese restaurants, but Shanghai Night has been a crowd favourite since day one. The cheap and cheerful eatery serves up delicious dumplings in generous portions. Along with the usual offerings, there are lamb and beef morsels also on offer. When you’re dumpling-ed out, order the stir-fried noodles still hot from the wok.
275 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Located in Chinatown, this sprawling Cantonese restaurant is something of an institution. Thanks to its live seafood menu and late-night hours, it’s where the best chefs go to eat after they’ve finished their shifts. The menu is massive but you can’t go wrong with the steamed lobster or pippies in XO sauce and the salt and pepper mud crab
393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney
To taste-test traditional food from the Hunan province in China, Chairman Mao is a winner. A word of warning, though: it’s hot! The territory is known for its spicy, peppery and chilli flavours, and this Kensington eatery does it justice. As for standout dishes, the five-spice tofu with leeks and chilli, and red-braised pork are great.
189 Anzac Parade, Kensington