First came Woolloomooloo’s China Doll, then came Manly’s China Beach and now, the cbd has its very own China Lane.
China Doll has been a long standing favourite amongst the slick corporate set for years, providing not only a place to dine on exceptional Asian cuisine, but also a place to see and be seen. On a stroll past the restaurant at the Finger Wharf, it’s not uncommon to see celebrities rubbing noses with high profile CEO’s, luxuriating in long lunches and decadent dinners.
Unsurprisingly, China Lane also appeals to the cities suits. Set in the heart of the cbd, tucked away in a quiet lane-way in Angel Place, beneath the chirping, overhead hanging bird cages, you will find the newest addition to the China clan.
It’s a smooth and stylish fit out, all old school glamour with banquette seating, glossy floorboards, bright splashes of greens and reds and clever lighting. It’s a style they describe as ‘Shanghai meets Mad Men’ and the shoe fits.
Chef Ben Hayward, who has trained under Raymond Blanc and Heston Blumenthal and was formerly sous chef at China Doll, has created a stunning Modern Asian menu. But, don’t let the name fool you. It’s not just Chinese on the menu here, you’ve got influences from other Asian cuisines, but it’s not fusion either.
It is impossible to not notice the food is beautifully presented and it’s an understatement to say, each dish is a knockout. No wonder the city’s corporates have embraced this addition to their dining scene.
In a nutshell:
Price – $$ – appropriately priced for the fare.
Fare – excellent. Modern Asian menu.
Service – adequate.
Location – tucked away in Angel Place near the birdcages in the middle of the CBD.
Ambience – trendy, old school glamor vibe. Can be quite ‘corporate’.
2 Angel Place, Sydney
+61 2 9231 3939
Mon – Fri – 12 – 3pm, 6 – 10.30pm, Sat – 6 – 10.30pm
Category: Eat & Drink