China Doll is one of my favourite and also one of the most elegant restaurants in Sydney. It’s located in a fantastic spot on the Wolloomooloo finger wharf. However the stunning harbour views shouldn’t detract from the exquisite experience about to unfold right in front of you! The up and coming chef, Frank Shek, is from a multicultural background and shows great flair when combining delightful Asian flavours in a magical new way. It’s good to know that all produce used in the kitchen are also carefully picked, organic and sustainable.
I would recommend kicking off with a few starters to share – including the steamed Prawn & Green Soy Bean dumplings, the Sashimi of Hiramasa Kingfish & Ocean Trout and the Chilli Salt Squid. The dumplings are juicy and delicious, the kingfish fresh & fragrant, and the chili Squid crispy and spicy, which make it the absolute best combination! For mains, the signature dish is the melt in your mouth Crispy Pork Belly, but the Curry of Slow Braised Wagyu Beef Shin was probably our number one favourite! If you prefer seafood, the Steamed Mulloway Fillet was pretty popular too. I would also strongly suggest you save a bit of room for the desserts. If only just for one – then it would have to be the the condensed milk tart with it’s gorgeous strands of fairy floss. If you can squeeze another one in, then the Sago with coconut milk and passionfruit was also a delight. If it’s only two of you, you may want to opt for one of the two banquet options on offer. This way you still get a chance to sample a good selection of those wonderful dishes.
While on the expensive side, the portion sizes are generous and the service friendly and attentive, making the overall experience worth every penny. All together a really memorable experience and a great spot for a special night out! If you feel like going somewhere else for a few more drinks, you could try the nearby Tilbury or even cocktails at Water Bar @ Blue to end the night in style!
Overall, I would probably give it a 8.5/10 Nibbles!
Shop 4, 6 Cowper Wharf Road
NSW Australia 2011