Staying in Chinatown Sydney last week was great. (Definitely not the hotel) It’s a short walk to the city center and buses and cabs are everywhere so you don’t spend your holiday waiting, and the food!
One night after a late nap we awoke around 10.00pm a little hungry. Since we were in Chinatown a small something with rice was decided upon, you know no song and dance just a snack. Well, ……. We walked around the streets and came across this restaurant that was packed and had twenty plus people waiting just to get in. Curiosity, and being told we could not get in for at least half an hour was just to much and we just had to see what all the fuss was about.
Favorite Dish: We left after midnight. I had Peking duck by myself, which was fantastic and Caroline, had vegetarian rice as planned. The menu is amazing, with an incredible array of fresh seafood. Looking at the large crab and fish meals arriving at the tables around us made the wait well worth while.
I should warn you that upstairs is a bit full on, with ‘Happy Birthday’ blasted at you over the speakers every few minutes. I was also told that they are open to 4am, so in the wee hours when band members and drunk footballers decide they need to eat, it can be entertaining.
Well worth the visit and next time I will go when I am hungry and have seafood.
If you are looking for the best Yum Cha in Sydney, go straight to the Regal Restaurant in Chinatown.
The decor is beautiful - open and airy with chandeliers and crisp white tablecloths.
The food is AMAZING. Lots of steamed dumplings with prawns, scallops, different sorts of vegetables, pork; spring rolls; assorted dim sims, fried calamari, etc. The desserts too are very good.
This place is always packed, so it's probably a good idea to make a reservation or you might be waiting for a table.
Favorite Dish: It's a toss up between the vegetable dumplings and the steamed prawn dumplings. They're just so fresh, flavoursome and melt in the mouth.
This is probably the busiest Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. There always seems to be huge queues at the door, which you don't see at any of the neighbouring restaurants. We decided to try out this restaurant, there were 13 of us, so we phoned for a reservation. We were told the earliest table would be at 9.30pm. A bit late for dinner for us, but nevertheless, we went ahead with the booking. When we got to the restaurant we had to fight our way through the crowds at the door to let the receptionist know we had arrived for our booking. Unfortunately, their booking system doesn't mean that having booked a table for 9.30pm guarantees a table for that time, so we ended up waiting an hour before we got our table. But it was well worth the wait! The seafood was fresh, they will bring over the live seafood to your table, before they cook your it, informing you of the weight of the seafood that you'll be paying for. There is a large variety of seafood to choose from, all visible from the fishtanks located at the front of the restaurant. We really wanted to try the King Crabs, they looked huge, but they worked out very pricey, so we settled for snow and mud crabs instead. One of the crab dishes we had was cooked in a salt and pepper batter - that was my favourite! I can understand now why there are always queues for this place!
Favorite Dish: Me and hubby went back to this restaurant again, just the 2 of us this time, a few days later. We went past at 8pm, and as usual, there were huge queues, so we opted to see a film first, then went back at 11pm where the queues had disappeared and we got our table as soon as we arrived. This time, we decided to try the Australian lobster, sharing a 1.1kg lobster cooked in spring onion and ginger sauce with a noodle base and we also had one baby abalone each. The lobster was lovely! The flesh was very succulent, much nicer than the lobsters we have back in the UK. Even though it worked out quite expensive, it was a good experience!
I definitely recommend this restaurant, but as you've probably gathered, either be very patient to get a table or avoid the peak eating hours (the retaurant is open up until 4am in the morning!!!).
Like any Chinese restaurant, don't expect a candle lit ambiance, instead imagine a smorgasboard of yummy food brought around using food trolleys with a casual atmosphere and with the gold and red trimmings.
Yum Cha or dim sum in Sydney is certainly a gastronimical experience not be missed. I've got to agree with my Chinese friends from Hong Kong that it's one of the best in the world!
Favorite Dish: Here's my usual order (meant to be shared) when I'm having dim sum regardless of restaurant.
- Pork dumplings (siew mai or siomai as it is called in Manila)
- Prawn dumplings (Har gaw or Ha Kao)
- Chicken feet
- BBQ bun (Char Siew Pao or asado siopao to Filipinos)
- Salt and Pepper squid
- Egg tart (Tan tart) for dessert
I ate at Nine Dragons Chinese Restaurant one evening during my visit to Sydney in April 2006.
This restaurant is located on Dixon Street, right in the heart of Sydney's busy "Chinatown" district. You can sit at one of the numerous outdoor tables and watch the flurry of activity pass you by. Alternatively, you can eat in the restaurant's spacious interior. It was a warm night, so I chose to eat outside.
The extensive menu includes soups, appetizers, pork, chicken, lamb, beef, seafood and vegetarian stir frys and curries, rice and noodle dishes (such as chow mein and Singapore noodles).
There is also a special menu (costing just 15 AUD per person), which includes a soup, a choice of main dish (from a selection of various stir frys and curries) and a choice of either fried rice or noodles. Unfortunately, this offer only applies if there are at least 2 people eating, and I was dining alone.
The staff were rushed off their feet with it being a popular restaurant, but the service wasn't unduly slow in the circumstances.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Stir fried chicken with rice noodles - Cost: 12 AUD
Tender pieces of chicken in a stir fry sauce with carrots, mushrooms, brocolli and green leaves. Served with a large portion of thick rice noodles.
425ml Victoria Bitter - Cost: 4.80 AUD
Average Chinese food at average prices in the very heart of Sydney's Chinatown.
I ate at Hingara Chinese Restaurant one evening during my visit to Sydney in April 2006.
This restaurant is located on Dixon Street in the heart of Sydney's "Chinatown" in the Haymarket area of the city. It is surrounded by many similar looking restaurants with almost identical menus and similar prices.
Common amongst the restaurants in this area, you will find a waitress standing outside Hingara with a menu attempting to entice customers into the restaurant. These "touts" aren't particularly pushy and I found that a polite "no, thank you" was always enough to ward them off.
The menu consists of the usual selection of Chinese fare. For example, starters include hot and sour soup, chicken and corn soup, prawn toasts, spring rolls and dim sums. The main meals comprise of various stir frys, curries, rice and noodle dishes containing either chicken, beef, pork, lamb, seafood or vegetables.
Unlike many Chinese restaurants that I have visited during my travels, I received no complimentary water or Chinese tea at Hingara, but the staff were friendly and the food was tasty and well-cooked.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Prawn toasts - Cost: 5.50 AUD
Two slices of prawn toast with sesame seeds, cut into 4 triangles and served with sweet and sour sauce.
Fried rice noodles with chicken in black bean sauce - Cost: 10.80 AUD
Tender pieces of chicken with green and red peppers, onions and other vegetables in a tasty black bean sauce. Served with a portion of thick rice noodles. Very tasty and served piping hot.
330ml can of Toohey's New beer - Cost: 5 AUD
One of many similar restaurants in Sydney's Chinatown. Good food at average prices!
Big white scallops, fresh noodle, hot soup.....what else can I ask for!!
I spent at least 3 times a week here at China Town Foodcourt. Lots of Choices at the best price you can find; Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese,....But I strongly recommend scallop noodle @ Chinese noodle shop and Thai's spicy hot&sour soup (Tom-Yum-Kung). The Japanese also offer a cheap croquet set menu, and many more.
China Town Foodcourt is on the top floor of the white 3-storey building, sorry I don't know the exact name.
Favorite Dish: Scallop Noodle, Seafood Noodle, Wanton Soup
Wander along Plaza Street in the evening and you will soon find somewhere to eat. Most of the restaurants have tables outside and are actively looking for your business.
They mainly offered the same deal...$15 each for an entree and a main course. The one that got our custom offered us a glass of wine included in the price.......did I really look like I needed a drink??
Food was ok, but nothing to rave over.
I guess the atmosphere is in sitting outside watching all the other passers by being hit on by the young asian ladies touting for their restaurant.
I am rather disappointed with the service of this restaurant in Chinatown. When I asked for reccomendations, the waitress give you that kinda of "you see for yourself" attitude and cldnt be bothered to introduce and just walk away till you decide what u wana order.
Food wise, its average. The shao bing and cong you bing with egg is not bad, but give the dumplings a miss. Its awful.
Honestly, I don't think i will ever go back there if i ever visit sydney again. Turned off by their svc.
Favorite Dish: Cong you bing
This viet restaurant at george street near to chinatown is pretty good and reasonably priced. Its called Pasteur. Try the grilled beef/chicken vercemille and soup pho.
Its normally packed with pple during dinner time, but quite big with extension at the back. Each serving cost around A$8.50-9.50.
Sydney has such a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes. There is Chinatown, The Rocks and Kings Cross which all are famous areas to choose from. Another idea is to pick one of the dinner cruises or theatre restaurants if you want to try something different. Both ways you'll have an unbelievable night.
huge array of seafood cooked chinese style.. good place for something different from the sea.. however the queue is madness.. we waited for about half an hour for our table on a weekday and in spite of having made reservations..
The multi-award winner Golden Century is the most favourite Chinese restaurant known by the locals. Pamper yourself with the best Chinese cuisine in the town.
It was very unlucky that the restaurant was closed when we've planned for our dinner the last day before leaving Sydney.
Favorite Dish: The chef's specials are sliced live abalone in steamboat, steamed lobster and deep fried king crab.
In comparison to Melbourne, I found that on the whole Sydney's food was much more expensive, so I headed for Chinatown.
It's an interesting area with lots to see, and plenty of restaurants and takeaways, including a good food court where you can get lunch specials at a reasonable price.
Favorite Dish: I love all the dishes - anything served with fried rice or singapore noodles.
This is not one particular restaurant, it is in fact a kind of food court. It's in the main shopping complex of chinatown on the top floor. It has only asian outlets and they make delicious food! None of that self serve fast food crap (There is one that does, but the other 10 or so dont). Prices are fair and the food is delicious. It's often busy though (with good reason) so find a seat first if you can.
Favorite Dish: I have two. One is from the outlet in the far right corner when you come in (dont remember its name), It's called Bulgogi chicken... you can get hot or mild, it comes with a bowl or rice, some pickled somethingorothers (very hot stuff), some salad type stuff, and a bowl of soup. There are 3 different soups they serve there I believe, unfortiunately you dont get to pick which one but one of them is DELICIOUS, the others suck.. hehe.
My other favourite dish is from ma's kitchen, and its fried eggplant with.. some kind of fishy topping.. and a delish garlic, ginger and spring onion garnish