If you’re like us and always on the hunt for new, authentic foodie haunts do we have good news for you. Jin’s Teahouse, located smack-bang in the middle of bustling King Street, has flown under the radar as a well-kept secret by Newtown locals—until now.
Brought to you by the team who ran your old go-to hangout Luyu, Jin’s Teahouse serves up all your favourite Chinese dishes and elevates them to new and lofty heights. Oh, and you’ll want to fire up the ‘Gram because the menu is all about the theatrics. Think smokey unveilings, desserts set alight and drinks delivered in a smouldering Chinese lantern. Yep, really.
To start, we recommend ordering the king prawn Tie Guan Yin tea leaf, a simple dish where the sauce is the hero. Made from Tie Guan Yin, a popular type of green tea, the leaves are sundried and then lightly seared to reinvigorate the flavour. It’s then tossed into a pan with a bunch of other hush-hush ingredients to create a sauce that’s honestly life-changing—if Jin’s Teahouse bottled the stuff, we’d seriously buy it in bulk. Drizzled over lightly-battered king prawns and served in a stunning glass lantern shrouded in a smokey haze, this dish oozes drama and we are so here for it.
The cocktails are just as theatrical as the dishes but the OG Jin’s Tea has to be one of the best. A blend of house-brewed tea, vodka, lychee and vanilla served in a traditional teapot, this cocktail is equal parts delicious as it is ‘Gram-worthy. But don’t put away your phone just yet, order up the Smokey Fashioned (a blend of bourbon, bitters and sugar) that’s delivered to your table in a smoking lantern.
The man behind the outstanding menu, Chef Yuen, has headed up some of Asia’s most acclaimed kitchens like Hong Kong’s stunning Shangri La Hotel, so you know you’re in good hands. And lucky for us, Chef Yuen headed to Sydney and teamed up with leading bar mixologist Santo, to bring us some of the best eats in town. They're even going one better and helping out the local community with a slew of feel-good initiatives.
Aside from the menu, the interiors at Jin’s Teahouse are perfect for your next date night. A dimly-lit eatery with an illuminated wrap-around bar, soft leather seating and wooden finishes typical of a traditional teahouse. Overall, it’s a moody space with a welcoming and relaxed vibe.
Our advice? Book a table at Jin’s Teahouse for your next date night and score bulk brownie points with your significant other. You’re welcome.
What: Jin's Teahouse
Where: 111 King St, Newtown
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