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Eight: Yum Cha
In australia what we call yum cha literally means drink tea - in other countries this meal is called dim sum. Either way it is a delicious and fun way to catch up with friends.
Located at the top of market city above Paddys Markets Eight is a typical yum cah resturuant where trolleyies of dumplings and other delicacies are whelled around and offered as they pass your table. waiters will stamp your bill with the price which will beadded up at the end.
If you dont want to wait in a large queue I suggest getting there by 11.30am.
Favorite Dish: chive and snow pea dumplings and coconut jelly (not together)
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Delima Restaurant: Indonesian Cuisine
Traditional and Modern Indonesian cuisine is offered at this very stylishly decorated restaurant at 1 Dixon Street, in China Town and close to Darling Harbour. 1 Dixon Street is near/off Liverpool Street.
The decor was stunning. Each group has some privacy with walls/partitions between the groups. We had a stunning backdrop and view of the pagoda and weeping willow trees of Darling Harbour's beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship.
The service was excellent and very friendly and genuine and helpful.
The servings of food for the main meals were very large. The dishes we had were Meehun Goreng, Nasi Goreng Indonesia and another noodle and seafood option. The seafood was well cooked, and the rice/noodles were tasty.
Complimentary prawn crackers and dipping sauces of chilli and soy bases were offered, and at the end, complimentary fresh watermelon was offered to cleanse the palate.
We also had special Indonesian coffee, imported from Indonesia with sweet and smokey flavour.
We were simply too full to contemplate dessert.
The whole experience was excellent, and we recommend this restaurant for its location, ambience, good food, friendly staff and good value for money.
Caution - the entrance has a lot of stairs, so it may be difficult for people with mobility issues or difficulty going up or down stairs.
Favorite Dish: Good seafood, the nasi goreng Indonesia and meehun goreng were all good.
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Mushashi(CLOSED): Dinner with Friends
Mushashi is a restaurant my husband is very familiar with; having come here many times before so I knew I would have a good meal. We decided to meet some friends here for dinner after a day of wandering Sydney. This place is very popular so a booking is a definite must if you don't want a long wait. We had reservations for 7pm and had no problem being seated immediately. Shortly after being seated Jackie arrived followed by Helen.
The menu has a large selection of sushi and sashimi to choose from along with tasty appetizers, drinks and beer. We started with some edamame for the table and we perused the menu for our main courses. I don't remember what Jackie and Helen orderd but I had the California Rolls while Chris had some Eel along with a Saporo. The food here is very good and fresh. I loved my rolls and my husband was very happy with his eel.
The only bad thing about this restaurant is trying to get the check... The servers are so busy that you literally have to pin them down for it.
Musashi(CLOSED): Excellent Sushi
Mushashi is a place I first visited many years back with my friends Helen and Doug. During our November 2010 trip we decided to have a nice dinner here with our friends Helen and Jackie. We recently returned here for a dinner meetup with Helen in 2012.
This place is busy and right in the center of Chinatown. Having a booking ahead of time is a good idea as this place is small and very popular. The food here is incredible and everyone knows it.
After perusing the menu; which is so hard to do since everything looks amazing we all decided on our main dishes. I went with my favorite; eel rolls, Liz had her California rolls, Helen ordered a large combination sushi platter. Helen's plate was incredible...there were tons of food on it. I was so surprised that such a tiny girl could eat the whole lot. Wow...Helen! I was very pleased with my meal; the food was just as amazing as I had remembered and so fresh.
The only downside to this restaurant is that it gets jam packed and very busy; getting a check or a waitress can be difficult.
Favorite Dish: Love the eel rolls; very fresh and delicious.
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Marigold: Yum Cha
Marigold is a popular place in the heart of Chinatown. Our first time here was during a visit in 2010. Our friend Jackie loves this place and decided to take us here for a farewell lunch. We arrived early at 10:30am since we were told the place gets jammed by 11am with a long wait for a table. We arrived to an already packed restaurant but with tables available. We were seated at a nice round table and not too far from the kitchen (which turned out to be a good thing since the food carts hit out table first).
The deal here is that you can order off the menu or pick dishes off of rolling carts that pass by your table. When you select a dish you table card is stamped to indicate what you chose and is tallied up later for your bill. Since we were so close to the kitchen we had first crack at the carts of steaming hot food rolling out. There is so much to choose from: noodles, wontons, dumplings, chicken, pork, soups, desserts, sticky rice, seafood, vegetables....it gets rather hard to decide.
We chose a variety of items from pork stuffed dumplings, fried tofu, spring rolls, seafood dumplings, noodles and veggies, meatballs, broccoli with soy sauce and a few others that escape my memory. This wasn’t just a meal; it was an experience and an adventure. I loved the food and the craziness of all the hungry patrons.
We recently returned in 2012 twice to the same delcicious food in a bustle of activity. We enjoyed a good lunch here before heading of to the Wine Festival and some Cricket. We had a farewell lunch here by ourself before heading out of town to savor some more delicious food before heading back to NY.
Favorite Dish: There wasn't a thing I didn't love. In particular I love the pork buns, the salt and peper soft shell crab and the slimey noodles.
My wife adores their Mango pudding. I'm not a mango fan so she can keep it all for herself.
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La Mesa: Filipino Cuisine in Goulburn Street Sydney
La Mesa is a Filipino cuisine restaurant located at Level 1, 19 Goulburn Street, Sydney, which is in or near China Town.
In Australia "Level 1" or "First Floor" is not "ground" floor. The street entry level is Ground Floor. Level 1 or First Floor is the next level up.
On their website they note that there is no elevator up to the first floor, and no wheelchair access.
People must use stairs to get to the restaurant.
It is a nice restaurant with a homely cosy atmosphere in which good, traditional Filipino cuisine is on offer. Many Filipino people are eating in the restaurant, which is a good indication that the food is good and authentic.
They have a la carte, banquet menus, lunch specials, etc.
The lunch specials are excellent value at between $11-$14 Australian and all are served with rice and vegetables. The website shows the lunch specials.
On the a la carte menu, they note that "Filipinos love their meat" and "unfortunately" the vegetarian and gluten free options are limited. Here is the link to the a la carte menu which includes appetizers and mains : http://lamesa.com.au/menu-card/ala-carte/
There are also nice Filipino style drinks such as coconut juice and lime (calamansi) juice, amongst other choices.
And the desserts are also delicious.
Favorite Dish: Filipino cuisine is delicious, and I do not think there is a bad choice at this restaurant.
We like Pork Adobo, Chicken Adobo, Longanisa (a sweet Filipino style sausage), Sinigang na Baboy (sinigang is tamarind, and so it is tangy and sour-sweet, and baboy is pork), Sinigang na Bangus (milkfish cooked in the tangy tamarind). The pinakbet (eggplant, snake beans, bitter melon, pumpkin, onions, garlic, tomato and bagoong - shrimp paste) is very tasty. So too are the noodle dishes - the Pancit (noodle) Canton (a Chinese style), Pancit Luglug (fish flakes, crispy pork), Pancit Bihon (noodles topped with chicken pieces, vegetables, prawns)....
And the rice dishes are nice, and include paella (adopted/borrowed/adapted from Spain), and also garlic rice and fried rice.
Zilver Restaurant: Yum Cha at Zilver, Haymarket
If you enjoy Chinese Yum Cha, then Zilver is an excellent choice.
Zilver is located upstairs in a small complex (with a post office and a small downstairs food court) off Hay Street, and the corner with Pitt Street.
Level 1, 477 Pitt Street, (corner with Hay Street), and in walking distance from Central Station and China Town.
It gets very busy at lunch time, so it is recommended to make a booking.
The trolleys of food are brought around offering diners many different selections.
Their website also indicates that they offer wedding banquets.
Favorite Dish: There are so many delicious selections at Yum Cha, from the long green beans with pork, the steamed dumplings with various fillings, the prawns or bbq pork wrapped in a large rice noodle with soy sauce, steamed bbq pork buns, bbq duck, spring rolls, steamed spinach, broccoli and other greens......
The various congee (rice porridge) on offer are also delicious.
And the desserts are also very nice, such as the mango pancakes (a must try!), coconut jelly, and egg tarts.....
Market City Food Court: Market City Food Court - Asian Cuisine options
On Level 3 of Market City, which is at 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket and very close to China Town, there is a Food Court which offers good quality meals from various Asian cuisines. There are Chinese BBQ duck and pork, seafood, noodles, soups, hotpots, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese, Northern Indian. There is also a bar there, and a juice bar.
The options are plenty, and the meals are very good value.
Favorite Dish: There are several food outlets here. And I have had several good meals. I enjoy the BBQ duck and rice, or BBQ duck in soup with rice noodles. I have had a nice soup with pork belly at one outlet. There are really so many good choices to try, and there is surely something to suit all tastes.
If you look at the website link below, it shows a map of the food court, and if you click on each restaurant it will provide more information about their menus and style of food.
Marigold: One of my favorites....
Marigold is one of my favorite "things to do" now when in Sydney. Hubby and I first came here in 2010 with our friend Jackie and fell in love with the place. I say it's a "thing to do" because to eat here is an experience. The place is jam packed with patrons hungry for the delicious food carts that circle around the tables in the dining room.
Basically, you are seated and given a card. As food carts make their rounds you select what you want and the server punhces you card to indicate what you had and the price. It's food Bingo...lol. The carts have everything you could imagine from chicken, beef, pork, seafood, veggies and desserts. Everything looks so good and tastes even better.
We've eaten here twice so far; in 2010 with Jackie and again in 2012 with Jackie and our friend Gavin before we went off to cricket. The food here is incredibly fresh and wonderful to eat. I'd have to say my favorite here are the salt and pepper soft shell crab, the steamed brocolli, salt & pepper squid and the mango pudding. Just writing about it is making me hungry....
So if you are in Sydney, head over to Chinatown and enjoy some food at Marigold; you will be happy you did.
**Get there early on the weekend around 10am to ensure you get a table and don't have a long wait.**
Favorite Dish: The salt and pepper soft shell crab is definitely my favorite hands down. I love the crisp, salty shell and the delicious sweet crab meat inside.
The mango pudding is a must have when I come here. I am a huge fan of anything that contains mango and this is delicious. The pudding is creamy smooth and is topped with a light, silky cream. I could eat my weight in Mango pudding if someone would let me.
Happy Chef, Chinatown: Best laksa
Chinatown has many restaurants and food courts offering a huge variety of dishes from all regions of China. The food court at Sussex Centre is worth visiting to try the speciality dishes at Happy Chef.
Favorite Dish: The laksa and the seafood noodle soup are as good, or better, than you'll find anywhere.
Dixon: Fantastic Chinese
We were leisurely exploring Chinatown when we became a bit hungry and decided to grab some lunch.
We stumbled upon this place and decided to try it as there were plenty of people outside enjoying their meals. They had a really good prixe fix lunch menu and the choices looked quite yummy.
We sat outside and enjoyed some people watching and a few beers during our lunch. The atmosphere was quite nice and relaxing.
Favorite Dish: The prixe fix menu for AUS $12 was a fantastic price. The price included soup and spring rolls with the main course. I had the chicken with cashews and my travel partner had the chicken with vegatables. Rice was also included witht he meal which was served in a steaming rice cooker.
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Yin Li Sichuan Restaurant: Fresh Cheap and Delicious
Frank and I ate here when Georgia and her friend went to a concert at Hordern pavillion. Our primary task in eating at Chinatown was to suss out a good restaurant for our meeting with fb/vt friends in May! This place was pretty good, food was cheap, quick, fresh and pretty delicious. I think we had the $15 banquet which included spring roll and dim sim, plus main meal. I cannot exactly remember what we ate, but do remember it was good!!
Golden Harbour Restaurant: Great Value in Chinatown
We just took a stroll through Chinatown for dinner on Saturday night and decided on this place called the Golden Harbour Restaurant, the prices looked decent and the lady out the front said they offered a money-back guarantee on their meals!!!!
Sue and I both had a chicken dish with boiled rice, plus I had a cocktail and Sue had a small bottle of Champagne and the bill came to just under $50, which for central Sydney, is quite good value. Meals were about $15 each, rice was $2 each and my drinks were about $8 each. It was rather funny though when I decided to order a cocktail and my failing memory meant I did know know what was in them and I asked the waiter and he did not know either. So he then ran off to get a list from the bar and came back with this rather ancient list that was very difficult to understand!!! I cant remember what I ordered, but it was nice, it had vodka, lemonade and blue curacao in it.
This Restaurant was also the venue for our Sydney meet in May. Having looked at many BYO places in Dixon Street, Golden Harbour was chosen, having the $25 each per person banquet meal. There ended up being 16 of us at the meal, the food was delicious and quickly served and I think there was enough for all of us. Cant remember exactly what the dishes were, fried rice, a prawn and vegie dish, sweet and sour pork I think, a beef dish and a few others.
Favorite Dish: My dish was Chicken with chinese mushrooms, and it was delicious, apart from the large chunks of ginger I discovered (I hate ginger!)
The food was soooooo quick to arrive ... I swear it was at our table within 3 minutes of ordering it!!!
Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant: Superb Chinese food in Sydney
I ate at Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant on a couple of occasions during my visit to Sydney in April 2006.
This large Chinese restaurant is located in the heart of Sydney's "Chinatown" district on Little Hay Street and Dixon Street.
The menu offers a large choice of stir frys containing either chicken, beef, pork, seafood or vegetables, but the emphasis is firmly on chilli peppers! The menu displays little chillis to indicate how hot a dish is, so you can choose a dish that best suits your tastes.
Particularly good value is the special lunchtime menu which features a host of dishes for under 10 AUD. I selected my meal from this menu on both occasions that I ate here.
You can find here the special lunchtime menu and view the restaurant's interior here.
The tables are set with tablecloths and napkins and the staff are friendly and attentive. All diners receive a complimentary pot of Chinese tea.
Favorite Dish: On both occasions that I dined here I opted for:
Kung Pao Chicken with Roasted Peanuts and Chillis - Cost: 8.80 AUD
This dish started with a complimentary bowl of soup (containing tofu, chillis and spring onion).
The main course was a large stir fry with tender pieces of good quality chicken and a hot sauce containing fiery red chillis, roasted peanuts and a selection of vegetables. The meal was served with a bucket sized bowl of white steamed rice, more than enough for half a dozen people, let alone just one! Excellent quality, and excellent value for money! The main course alone would have cost me 12.80 AUD outside of the special lunch hours.
Can of Fanta orange juice - Cost: 3 AUD
Excellent value lunchtime meals, superb quality food. Highly recommended!!
Superbowl Chinese Restaurant: Good value Chinese food in Haymarket
I ate at Superbowl Chinese Restaurant one lunchtime during my visit to Sydney in April 2006.
This large Chinese restaurant, which specialises in seafood, is located on Goulburn Street in the "Chinatown" area of Haymarket. There is another branch of Superbowl on nearby Dixon Street.
I didn't scrutinise the menu too closely as I knew that I'd be picking from the special set lunch menu, but the usual array of dishes were to be found there - that is, soups, appetizers, chicken, pork, beef, seafood and vegetarian stir frys and rice and noodle dishes. A typical stir fry will set you back 15+ AUD.
Somewhat more unusually, this restaurant offers a huge selection of fresh fruit juices and health shakes.
The special set lunch menu includes a variety of dishes (circa 20) to choose from and costs just 8.80 AUD. For an additional 1 AUD you can add a fresh fruit juice to your meal.
Favorite Dish: I opted for the special set menu lunch, with a fruit juice:
For 9.80 AUD I got:
Handmade Shanghainese noodles in hot chilli sauce
An enormous plate of thick noodles, pieces of pork, carrots, various green vegetables in a hot (but invisible) chilli sauce. I could only manage to eat half of it such was the size of the portion.
Fried vegetables in oyster sauce
A selection of green leaves and shoots in a salty oyster sauce.
Fresh watermelon juice
Pureed watermelon juice (approx. 250ml) served with ice cubes.
Complimentary pot of Chinese tea
Lots of choice, large portions and an excellent value for money lunch menu!
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