Fans of Bondi favourite China Diner will be pleased to hear the team has opened up a second venue at Double Bay. Leading in a resurgence combing traditional flavours with modern flair, China Diner boasts fresh flavourful dishes, playful cocktails and a relaxed dining experience to will overthrow all ideas you once had of a ‘Chinese Restaurant’.
The new Double Bay digs on Kiora Lane will play home to the dumplings and duck pancakes people keep returning for at the Bondi venue, but with Executive Chef Jack James Steer in charge, you can expect something exciting. Steer’s vision for the menu was to create a light, fresh and healthy selection without the heavy amounts of sugars and salts that tend to dominate Westernised Chinese food. By blending his heart-felt, home-style approach with his modern interpretation of Cantonese and South East Asian food, Steer has a created a menu that pays homeage to the ‘old’ and the ‘new’.
Much like the Bondi venue, China Diner Double Bay’s menu is designed to share. Fans can still expect their favourite dumplings and crispy pork bao with apple and carrot kimchi with sriracha mayo, and chicken and sesame ‘Chiko’ spring rolls with blood plum sauce, but there are newcomers to the menu including Steer’s chicken and sweet corn soup topped with truffle foam.
As for drinks, the cocktail menu offers up a selection of original creations which, like the menu, draw inspiration from the diverse flavour profile of Asian cuisine. Try the Geisha Loca (Havana Club, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Yuzu Sake mango and cassia), or the Bondi Cherry Blossom (Campo de Encanto pisco, Apricot Sake, Cherry Heering, lemon and egg white).
The decor, designed by Humphrey and Edward’s Architects, is inspired by the social ambience of American diners. Both China Diner Double Bay and the O.G at Bondi feature a long cocktail bar with leather bar stools, open tables and intimate booths to create a casual, interactive dining scene. With a combination of timber panelling, worn leather and warm lighting to reflect an exotic, cosy mood, the venue also features a mural of Andy Warhol’s Mao, perfectly embodying the China Diner ethos of bringing together the old and the new.
China Diner Double Bay
02 9326 1900
China Diner Double Bay 16 Kiaora Lane, Double Bay, NSW, 2028