China Lane is owned by the same people that manage China Doll, Woolloomooloo and China Beach, Manly. The restaurant has a stylish yet informal dining feel. We noticed it caters not just to the young crowd but to slightly older crowd as well. My two girls were the only children in the restaurant when we dined, and I am proud to say they are always well behaved in restaurants.
The menu is designed for sharing, with four pieces in most serves unless otherwise stated. The staff are friendly and helpful; they were happy to explain the dishes when asked.
For starters, we ordered slow roast pork belly, prawns, pomelo and jellyfish salad with nuoc nam; duck pancakes with hoi sin, cucumber and shallots as well as pulled pork, steamed bao, siracha mayo and crispy shallot. I was glad the chefs were happy to accommodate my request to make two of the pulled pork baos without the siracha chilli sauce for Ash and Cait. Happy customers = repeat customers.
|Crunchy prawns, tender pork belly matched with nuoc nam dressing.|
|Duck was just perfect with thin pancakes. Girls' fav.|
|Pulled pork bao with siracha mayo - hint of heat with tender pork|
|Pulled pork with no chilli version; steamed bao was soft like pillows|
|Tastiest fried rice ever|
|Lovely char grilled lamb ribs - finger licking good|
|Just right snow peas with crunchy and lap cheong|
By this time, all of us were full; but there is always a special compartment in our bellies for desserts. Ash chose the Strawberry Sichuan Meringue with rose hip, hibiscus jelly and white choc, beetroot ice cream. Interesting combination of flavours with a hint of sichuan peppers in the mini meringues; leaves a slight numb feeling after taste.
|Strawberry Sichuan Meringue|
|Black Sticky Rice|
Check out the colour of the male and female facilities. Cait commented it was super cool to have a tv installed on the ceiling of the toilets.
As we were walking out of the restaurant, I spied their function room, decorated with silver balloons.