June 5th, 2014

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - China Republic

*DOES MY BOMB LOOK BIG IN THIS? recommended Sydney Film Festival dining spot 04th-15th June,2014.*

If you ask me, this restaurant won the battle of Sydney’s Chinese behemoths, which opened almost in tandem with an even more extravagant competitor, late last year.

It’s changed a little since my first visit, but the theatre of the duck remains the biggest drawcard.

Peking Duck ($88/whole) comes with an instruction manual and a tray of Condiments ($2/head) including a great Chinese mustard.

Emerging from the theatrically dark set of this multi-million dollar space, your white-jacketed chef will light, flame then slice your duck...

...making a hundred small incisions before you dip, wrap and consume it in fluffy steamed pockets that leave ordinary pancakes for dead.

The 2011 Heemskerk Derwent Valley Pinot Noir ($105/bottle) is an admittedly expensive way to kick it up a whole ‘nother level.

In the props department you’ll find scale bamboo models of buildings like the Forbidden City, an open fish pond...

...plus hanging umbrellas and bamboo – all perfect to ponder over a Jasmine-Tea-Ni ($18) served in discreet ceramics.

My own excitement was stoked by Beijing-style cold dishes, from crumbly Tofu with Spring Onions and Fish Roe ($12)...

...to Spicy and Sour Cucumber ($9) – both great foils for the cold Sichuan-style Spicy Chicken ($15).

Sweet and Sour Spareribs ($28) should ensure you still get to...

...the Labyrinth-inspired Dessert Platter ($21.50/4 people).

China Republic
World Square Shopping Centre, 680 George Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 8081 0888

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