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Published December 8th 2014
Fine Dining Modern Chinese - Not Your Everyday Chinese Meal
China Republic is a modern Chinese restaurant located discreetly inside the World Square shopping centre. It is considered one of the Sydney's finest Chinese restaurants where the East meets West. They are renowned for their innovative interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine and impeccable services.

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Chinese Fine Dining in Sydney


On arrival, we were greeted with a 4 metre funerary statue terracotta warrior, from the Qin dynasty, standing guard at the entrance. From this point on, it was like we were entering the emperor's tomb site.

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4m terracotta warrior statute


In contrast to the traditional Chinese bright-lit restaurants with live fish tanks, China Republic adopts a different interior style with dark tones with floor and tiles. It looks all very sacred and mysterious to say the least.

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Swanky Fine Dining Setting


The interior decoration is quite elegant and you can tell immediately that the investors splashed out big time. The bar area looks very inviting with various Asian inspired cocktails and the dining area is located at the back. The seven million dollar establishment fit-outs are filled with artefacts and ancient scrolls.

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Cocktail Bar


A friendly hostess greeted us at the entrance and led us to our reserved table. Each table has a personal waiter and whilst our personal waiter was efficient and professional, an air of an impersonal approach was unmistakable.

The seating was comfortable enough but it was a dark room with limited lighting. Some of my dining companions experienced difficulties in reading the menu. We resorted to use the flashlight function on our iPhones to overcome the obstacles.

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Trying to read the menu in the darkness


We ordered a variety of starters, some mains and fried rice.

The first course was the Signature Spicy Beef Spring Rolls ($13.80). These long spring rolls looked more like a slender cigars and they were elegantly presented on a heavy stone tile.

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Beef Spring Rolls $13.80 (6pc)


They were sumptuous with real beef slices in them. The fiery spices in them were a bit heavy-handed.

The signature China Republic Pork Dumplings ($11.80) were boiled to perfection. The pork fillings tasted very juicy pork and together with the vinegary soy sauce, they were fantastic. They were slightly pricey at $10.80 for six dumplings.

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China Republic Pork Dumplings $11.80


My friend's new favourite dish was Handmade Noodles with Beijing-style Fried Soybean Paste and Diced Pork ($9). It was her first time trying this Asian noodle dish and she was very much impressed with it. The noodles were cooked perfectly and it was served with an addictive soybean paste sauce.

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Handmade Noodles with Fried Soybean Paste $9


The noodles was beautifully presented in a large white porcelain plate, however the actual serving size was just enough for a small child. We all raised an eyebrow at the not-so-generous fine dining serving.

The Chef Special Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs ($28) were crispy and delicious. In such a fine dining setting, we were reluctant to devour these sticky spareribs with our fingers. It was tedious to eat around the bones with chopsticks.

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Chef Special Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs $28


My friends adored China Republic Signature Fried Rice with Prawns and Pickles ($24). They were convinced that the kitchen must use a secret ingredient because it tasted very differently to their home-cooked version. The fried rice was only average in my opinion and the cost for this dish was unbelievably high.

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China Republic Signature Fried Rice with Prawns and Pickles $24


The deliverance of the China Republic Hot and Spicy Fish Fillets $32.00 was quite unique. The bowl was all wrapped up and the waitstaff 'unwrapped' the dish in front us.

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Hot and Spicy Fish Fillets $32


The fish fillets were so tender, soft and sweet. They were served in a hot & spicy broth

The last dish for the course - Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts ($22) was show-stopper and it was beautifully presented.

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Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts $22


These fragrant chicken cubes were cooked in chili oil and beckoned to be eaten. There was a bit of residual spice but it matched well with the fried rice.

We were so full after our 6 courses, we really could not squeeze in any dessert.



We had a delightful fine-dining experience at China Republic. Overall we were pleased with the artful food presentation and elegant settings. On the downsides, we were not fond of eating our meal in partial darkness and the lack of sufficient lighting gave us an uncomfortable eerie feeling.

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Our meal summary


The price was quite high compared with your average local Chinese restaurants, but it was not an everyday occasion to dine inside an Emperor's dining room.
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Why? Fine Dining Chinese Meal
When: 12pm -11.30pm
Phone: (02) 8081 0888
Where: 680 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $50 pp
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