China Diner Double Bay
16 Kiora Lane, Double Bay NSW
02 9326 1900
Double Bay’s culinary come-back is in full swing, with a new addition to the mix with China Diner. The sister to the Bondi Beach restaurant of the same name, China Diner’s knack for dishing up delicious Asian-fusion fare is taking Sydney by storm, one dumpling at a time.
Following the immense success of the flagship, Bondi restaurant, owners Kingsley and Natasha Smith have answered the prayers of Sydney’s culinary gurus to extend China Diner’s reach into the Kiora Lane complex. “It’s similar to Bondi, with our master dumpling makers turning out delicious dumplings plus a few special dishes just for Double Bay as well,” said Kingsley.
Take up a seat at the bar and chat to the passionate staff as they shake up a cocktail, settle in for the night in one of the polished leather booths, or take in the hustle and bustle of Kiora Lane from the outdoor tables spilling out into the arcade. Taking hints from a 1930s Shanghai style dining room combined with sleek modern finishes, China Diner’s surroundings perfectly match its cuisine, taking a pinch of tradition and infusing a contemporary spin to create something special.
Bondi’s Head Chef, Jack Steer, is also at the helm of Double Bay’s kitchen, dishing up the classics with the unmatchable China Diner flair. Expect to see favourites like the crispy lamb dumplings drizzled with chilli sauce and steamed barramundi with pickle mustard greens on the menu, alongside a few surprises. Exclusive to Double Bay is the crispy dumpling platter, making ordering that much easier by allowing you to sample a bite of every decadent dumpling all in the one dish. For something fresh and incredibly flavoursome, opt for the ocean trout sashimi with apple kimchi and aromatic soy, combining the seafood saltiness with fruity sweet tones to produce a harmony of flavours.
Double Bay locals have also found a new drinking destination here, with a fully stocked cocktail bar shaking up their signature tipples, like the refreshing vodka-based ‘Aloe Aloe’ with elderflower, lychee and cucumber. Double Bay’s very own Chin Chin cocktail perfectly captures the ambience of the harbour side suburb, combining white pepper poached strawberries with prosecco in the image of the bubbly and bustling yet modish setting.
Settle in for the evening and indulge in a dumpling or two at Double Bay’s newest digs – if the success of its older sister if anything to go by, China Diner Double Bay is set to make a big splash.