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Published December 11th 2012
A different yet authentic twist on Asian Cuisine
Situated on the beautiful Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, China Doll is a well known Asian gem of Sydney. With restaurants on its left and right, China Doll is one that seems to stand a little taller and prouder than its competition.
My husband and I first visited this restaurant on a Monday night. To our surprise, the restaurant was absolutely packed. We were lucky to have a reservation and a few minutes after we were seated, our menus were placed on the table. The cocktails menu had some very interesting drinks with equally interesting names, all showing a strong Asian Influence. After a long debate, I decided to go for the Jasmine and Green Appletini (green apple, citrus, jasmine, Polish bison grass vodka) and my husband ordered the Tuk Tuk Massacre (home-made blood orange and aperol jelly, lychee, polish rye vodka, French orange liqueur, vanilla) ($18 each).
To accompany our drinks we ordered the Chinese Mushroom Spring Rolls with Lettuce and Garlic Vinegar Dip ($16 for 4 pieces). The drinks arrived promptly however the spring polls took about 10-15 minutes to arrive. They arrived hot and smelling heavenly. Hungry, my husband and I dug in and our tastebuds were treated to an absolutely delicious blend of flavours. Being a fan of most things fried, I have tried spring rolls heaps of times, however what I experienced at China Doll was unlike anything I have ever had before. From the crisp covering to the dipping sauce, everything was perfection!
For our mains, I went with the Wok Fried Asian Eggplant and Tofu with Sichuan Chilli Bean Paste ($26) and my husband ordered the Whole Steamed Market Fish ($39). My vegetarian dish was absolutely divine. The combination of eggplant and tofu seemed mismatched in theory but actually worked beautifully. My husband's first ever try at "steamed" fish was also quite successful. However he did say he liked my dish better!
All in all, we had a wonderful dining experience at China Doll. From the beautiful Asian crockery, to the simplistic yet elegant decor and not to forget the gorgeous view, China Doll is one Restaurant that is a must visit for a special night out! For the vegetarians out there, I am happy to say that there are quite a few vegetarian entrees on the menu, though only one vegetarian main. The food at China Doll is unparalleled, however as this place always seems to be busy, do be prepared to wait a little for your food.