Wontons and pot stickers, dim sum and dumplings… Sydney is renowned for the Chinese staple in all its delicious iterations. Get your fill at these dumpling dens.
A dimly lit warehouse space on Bridge Lane sets the backdrop for one of Sydney’s hottest restaurants: Mr Wong. At lunch, tables are teeming with people hungry to work their way through chef Michael Luo’s extensive dim sum menu. Try the steamed cod, scallop and lobster or pan-fried Sichuan-style lamb dumplings. At dinner, whet your appetite with platters of steamed or deep-fried dim sums, before indulging in Mr Wong’s famous whole roasted duck.
3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
Lotus Restaurant & Dumpling Bar
With outposts in Walsh Bay and The Galeries, Lotus has become the go-to for contemporary Chinese fare in Sydney. The steamed jade prawn dumplings are the most popular dish but you’d do well to also order the fresh scallop and vegetable siu mai. The cocktail menu features creative concoctions like the Vivid Garden (Wyborowa vodka, Midori, fresh apple, mint) and Coco’s Sling (coconut-washed rum, pineapple, lime, yuzu).
3/16 Hickson Road, Dawes Point
Curb your midday cravings with The Century’s “express lunch” dim sum menu. Stand-out dumplings include the prawn and chives har gow and the duck meat crystal. Vegetarians are also well catered for with Chinese broccoli buns and mixed mushroom dumplings. The semi-private dining rooms make this a great venue for a birthday or business lunch.
The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Uncle Ming’s Bar
Named for Shanghai bandit Uncle Ming, this cocktail and whisky den in the CBD is haunt for after-work drinks. The food menu is no afterthought, either, with a selection of Northern- and Southern-style Chinese dumplings on offer. The chicken and miso and five-spiced pork gow gee both go down well with the Suntory Kakubin whisky mixed with fresh apple juice.
55 York Street, Sydney
Taste of Shanghai
Inspired by the streets of colonial China, the menu at this eating house (with city and three suburban locations) stars authentic Shanghainese flavours such as house-made xiao long bao and pan-fried pork buns. The shrimp and chive dumplings pack a punch, while the wontons in red chilli oil should not be missed.
644 George Street, Sydney
Din Tai Fung
At Taiwanese restaurant empire Din Tai Fung, you can watch pork dumplings being made at your table, before scoffing down baskets of siu mai and the famous soup-filled xiao long bao. Choose from multiple locations around Sydney.
Situated at the historic Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, China Doll offers gorgeous views over Sydney Harbour and an award-winning menu to match. Dim sum highlights include crispy chicken, prawn and scallop with red vinegar and steamed prawn with green bean.
4/5 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo