Bored of Mongolian lamb,sweet & sour pork, try Lynn Shanghai
Needing a recommendation for an authentic Shanghai cuisine in Sydney? Then you should check out Lynn Shanghai, hidden inside the Castlereagh Club. Lynn Shanghai has been around for 7 years, but not many know that it exists until you have dined there. I only heard about this place through word of mouth and I can understand the raving reviews.
Your eyes immediately observe the oriental theme of the dark red walls and dark wooden furniture, screen dividers to make the dining area cosier and provide privacy. You are able to see through to the open plan kitchen watching the chefs in action.
I found this place great for groups and trying all the different items on the menu. You won't find dishes like the boring usual Mongolian lamb, sweet and sour pork but exciting dishes like the hand made turnip cakes.
There are banquets for minimum groups of 6 people on offer which includes 5 appetisers, 4 mains and dessert starting from bronze from $25.90 per person , Silver from $33.90 per person and gold from $39.90 per person. Drinks are extra.
My favourite dish is the shrimp and pork chilli wontons, tossed in spicy hot sauce, watch out for the numbing sensation from the Szechuan pepper. (see top left)
Xiao Long Bao filled with pork mince and plump prawns and broth encased in a silky smooth wrapper until you pierce the skin and either scenario in my case will be on my shirt or if you're careful enough, broth and dumpling are in your spoon without losing any delicious broth. (see top right)
The pan fried pork buns are filled with delicious garlic pork filling with pork broth oozes out when you bite them. (see second row on left)
For something different, I tried the handmade crisp turnip cakes. Crunchy layer on the outside and soft on the inside made with radish. Not sure if I was a big fan, but hubby loved the texture. (see second row on right)
If you like chilli you have to try the Szechuan style fried chilli chicken, a signature dish from Lynn. Presented in a conical woven basket spilling out are the golden fried chicken and dried chillies. Delightful spicy, salty and crispy goodness. (bottom right)
Need something green, then try the sautéed beans, bamboo shoots and pork mince. The shallow fried beans served with mince and shrimp paste are very tasty but the bamboo shoots are something new to this dish. (bottom left)
There is a plethora of seafood dishes, but I think you are best taking a group to try all their dishes which are all reasonably priced too.