18 College Street, Darlinghurst, NSW
02 8318 8618
Madame Shanghai is the new girl in Darlinghurst’s already-heaving culinary scene. She’s satisfying all of your yum cha and dumpling desires, serving up authentic shaokao-style Chinese barbecue alongside delectable pairings of inspired cocktails and wines.
Gracing the streets of one of Sydney’s trendiest food hubs, Madame Shanghai is the younger sibling to the esteemed Lotus Dumpling Bar and Lotus Barangaroo. Michael Jiang, the mastermind behind both ventures, envisioned an authentic Chinese experience that encapsulated his food-filled childhood memories. Teaming up with renowned chef Chris Yan, he has done just that, combining old school elegance with vibrant street food flavours to craft a dining experience worth waiting for.
The Chinoiserie decor will take you back to 1930s Shanghai, with the malachite, soft blues and baby pinks transforming the space into an oriental eatery. The velvet curtains, antique mirrors and handwoven rugs, beautifully put together by interior designer Melissa Collison, perfectly complement the sizzles and scents wafting from the open-plan kitchen, creating the illusion of a bustling Shanghai side street.
Both yum cha and a la carte dining is on offer at Madame Shanghai, with some of Lotus’ most popular dumpling dishes making an appearance on the menu. For street food nibbles, the flavours of the sizzling king prawns with Sichuan bean paste and macadamias are sure to amaze, as would the soft shell crab with tomato chilli and grilled milk bread. Larger dishes such as sticky pork hock with tamarind and rosella, and Tongchuan Road wok-fried pipis with black pepper butter and pickled bird’s eye, are certain crowd pleasers, best followed by white miso cheesecake with passionfruit and cassis.
To complement the intensely flavoursome menu, Sommelier, Annette Lacey, has developed a creative list of both international and local wines to be enjoyed at the lavish bar or as part of a banquet. If it’s a cocktail you’re after, Madame Shanghai’s list was curated by cocktail artist Kate McGraw, who drew inspiration from ancient Chinese mythology. One sip of the God of Fire – Ancho Reyes chilli liqueur with Shochu, charred corn, kaffir lime, aquabua, volcanic salt and smoke blend, will send you back to 400BCE. What better way is there to enjoy a cocktail or two than with views over Hyde Park and College Street?
Be it date night, a special occasion, or just an excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Madame Shanghai beckons hungry visitors from all over. Will you be one of them?