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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
China Republic Signature Fried Rice with Prawns and Pickles $24
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.