Lees Fortuna Court | Crows Nest Lees Fortuna Court is a North Shore institution famous for its delicious and fresh Chinese cuisine, most importantly, it is all presented upon the traditional Lazy Susan. Testament to the tasty, tasty fare this expansive restaurant is packed out every night of the week. Serving up modern Chinese cuisine for over three decades, go for the 10-course banquet menu, which features specialties like lamb pancakes, salt and pepper king prawns and Shan Tung Chicken.
China Lane | CBD From the China Doll folk, China Lane offers a clever, modern take on traditional Chinese flavours. There's a 1960s-Shanghai vibe here, decked out with lounges, miniature TV screens, and a cloud of empty birdcages. Go for the Wagyu beef semur, duck pancakes and the pulled pork on steamed bao.
Mr. Wong | CBD A tribute to Cantonese eating houses, Mr. Wong's menu spans more than 60 dishes with highlights including: roasted five-spice pork belly; Kung Pao chicken; and crispy fried Balmain Bugs. There's a flash fit-out, fine cocktails, and Dan Hong rattling the pots and pans—so you know it's got to be good!
China Republic | World Square Sweet and sour sticky pork spare ribs that fall off the bone—need we say more? This modern Chinese restaurant, located at World Square, boasts a comprehensive menu of traditional and fusion dishes, lavish oriental décor, and an extensive wine list.
The Century | Pyrmont From Sydney institution Golden Century comes their newest venture The Century at The Star. Serving up all the classics and signature dishes, the menu is brimming with fresh seafood, including live lobster, abalone, king and mud crab. There's also plenty of poultry and vegetarian options available.
Chairman Mao | Kensington This Kensington establishment showcases cuisine from Chairman Mao's native Hunan province in China, and the menu is a mix of cold, steamed and classical Hunan dishes. Here it's all about quality ingredients, executed with skill and finesse and served up in style. Must-try dishes include the red-braised pork and stir-fried smoked pork with five-spice tofu.
Chefs Gallery | CBD At this CBD dumpling house, modern and traditional flavours collide, with a menu that spans cold cuts, hearty soups and Chinese-style tapas. Handmade noodles take centre stage, but there's also a selection of unique creations such as: Macanese mini burgers; handmade egg and spinach tofu; and beef and sundried tomato dumplings.
Din Tai Fung | CBD Famed for the best Xiao long Bao (pork dumplings) in the city, Taipei-based global chain Din Tai Fung has become a household name in Sydney's dining scene. Skilled dumpling experts create firm and delicious parcels of goodness, which attract a queue for lunch and dinner at its four outposts: World Square, The Star, Westfield Sydney, and North Sydney.
Golden Century Seafood Restaurant | CBD If you enjoy your Chinese cuisine traditional and damn tasty, then this Sydney stalwart is your go-to. Open until the early hours of the morning, this is the best late-night fare in town. Enjoy incredible Peking duck, sang choi bao, crispy skin chicken, Mongolian lamb, beef and black bean, sweet and sour pork—the classics done best.
Ellie has worked in communications for the past four years, from copywriting and content production, to a stint presenting on national community radio. Most recently, Ellie worked for New York’s leading music magazine, CMJ. Having grown up in Bondi, Ellie knows Sydney inside-out, and on the weekends can usually be spotted eating her way through the local farmers' markets. Instagram: @ellieschneider