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Published June 14th 2012
Sydney is a great city where you can immerse yourself in a variety of cuisines, in particular, Chinese cuisine is getting popular, thanks to the growth of quality Chinese restaurants in town. Here are my top picks, offering you a good selection of restaurants in Shanghai cuisine, Taiwanese cuisine and Guangdong cuisine.
To shake off the winter chills, Shanghai cuisine is the top of my list. Located in the Regent Place Shopping Centre, you'll find Chefs Gallery. The chefs are very skillful as you can watch them preparing the food through the glass-sided dumpling room. On top of tasting the shop specialties - dumplings, hot-and-sour soup, handmade noodles, make sure you also try out the steamed desserts. Not only that the presentation is cute, but its taste is superb too. Just a warning; you have to be a bit patient as there is always a queue.
When: Lunch: Monday – Saturday (11:30am to 3:00pm); Sunday (11:30am to 3:30pm); Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday (5:30pm to 10:00pm); Thursday – Saturday (5:30pm to 10:30pm)
Where: Shop12 (facing Bathurst Street), Ground Level Regent Place Shopping Centre, 501 George Street.
Next on my list is Ding Tai Fung, the world famous Taiwanese dumplings chain. Located in the World Square Shopping Centre, the restaurant is extremely popular and always attracts big crowds queuing up day and night. Xiao Long Bao, the soup dumplings, is loved by most customers. So, this dish is certainly not to be missed. If you are after spicy food, seafood or meat dishes, there is a wide array of choices on the menu. Just a note; you may sometimes need to share the table with other customers as this is such a busy place. Since the food arrives very quickly, it won't take you long to finish the meal.
Where: World Square Shopping Centre Level 1, Shop 11.04, 644 George St
If you fancy picking up dim sum from the trolleys and keen to hang out longer with your friends, yum cha is a great idea. Nestled in the heart of CBD, Palace Chinese Restaurant is a great place for yum cha. Offering a wonderful selection of delicious dim sum, you can pick and choose them from the trolleys. It's a real fun. As Palace is renowned for its fine cuisine, you can also try the Peking duck as this is one of the Chinese favourites. After finishing your meal, you and your friends can enjoy the fun of shopping as David Jones and Westfield are at the doorsteps, especially if it is a rainy day.
When: Yum Cha Monday-Friday 11:00am-3:00pm; Weekend & Public Holiday 10:30am-3:00pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - till late
Where: Shop 38 Level 1, Piccadilly Tower, 133 - 145 Castlereagh Street Sydney
Fat Buddha Chinese Restaurant is another great dining place for yum cha and Guangdong cuisine. Located at Queen Victory Building, this is a relatively quieter place for yum cha. Hanging high up the ceiling are the elegantly-designed Chinese lanterns, offering a unique and welcoming ambience. The price is a bit premium compared to other yum cha places, but the food is really delicious and well-presented. Interestingly, Fat Buddha offers dim sum till 8 pm. So, if you miss out yum cha at lunch time, you can come over the restaurant to enjoy yum cha in the evening. Though it is generally not so common to have yum cha at night, this offers you a different experience
When: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays) 10:30am-10:30pm
Where: Shop 201 Level 2 QVB, 455 George Street,
Heading to China Town, you'll find B.B.Q King Restaurant which is a popular place for an oriental feast. Established since 1979, B.B.Q King Restaurant has earned a good reputation for its shop specialties - the Peking duck and barbecue pork, which are popular favourites among the locals. The décor looks a bit rundown, but the food is delicious and the quality is consistent. As the restaurant opens till 2am, you can have late dinner after watching movie.