China Lane

4.4
289 reviews
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Asian
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Tucked within the sanctuary of Angel Place and set beneath the ‘forgotten songs’ birdcage installation. China Lane provides a serene and stylishly relaxed laneway setting for locals, corporates and visitors alike. The cuisine is modern Asian focusing on fresh, seasonal produce with traditional flavours and contemporary techniques. Kristian Vale has mastered the balance of spice, heat and flavour and presents his take on modern Asian cuisine. His menu is produce driven, innovative and adventurous with daily food additions to excite.

Our entire team look forward to welcoming you and your guests for a memorable and enjoyable dining experience.
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DT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the interesting menu, each dish had lovely distinctive flavours.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the banquet for 2 and it was all simply delicious. The service was exceptional. We will return - thank you for a great night!

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MB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Mostly good. Service was efficient but not overly friendly. We had to wait considerable time for our 2nd Main Course - clearly they had some how forgotten it. Provided us with steamed rice with it but no real apology or explanation but I would have been asking for more rice anyway given our existing rice had gone cold in the interim which was the vegetarian fried rice not steamed rice. We were a table of 2 seated next to a table of 2 and we were close enough and it was quiet enough for us to hear their ongoing conversations even when they were not speaking loudly

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B
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food in a great location with great service. I highly recommend letting the wait staff choose your meal selection. They took the trouble out of trying to decide what to have.

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J
Sydney / NSW
29 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I felt it was a nice evening with great service. Food was good, we took the banquet for $77.00 and wine prices varied allowing for flexibility. The chairs were a bit uncomfortable and the seating was not very private but overall, I would definitely recommend and go again!

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SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

great casual dining with excellent service. Good choice of food and would definitely go back.

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GB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed every dish and most of them were unique.
Very attentive service.
Would definitely return.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I have ben to China Lane on several occasions and have always enjoyed it. I bought overseas visitors on Saturday and they were very impressed.

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JW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect evening out with two of my girlfriends. The service was incredible (especially with my friend who was gluten-free) , they even stored all my shopping bags, the food & wine divine and such a lovely atmosphere which was vibey but importantly you could hear each other talk. A special evening out to a restaurant I’ve been keen to visit for ages.

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A
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Siu mai and prawn toast a bit too salty, pork belly was too sweet. Other menu items (wok fried beef and hummus) were good, as were drinks. Hokey Pokey dessert was excellent. Good service.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very elegant special restaurant, perfect for a corporate lunch or a special dinner date. Food is exquiste. Top service. Would recommend highly.

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P
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

China Lane can't go wrong. The food is fantastic - fresh, good looking and always delicious. The staff are reliably pleasant, prompt and helpful and the ambience is delightful. They have the good fortune to be in the quieter part of the Angel Place precinct, so if you have an outside table it's lovely and quiet but there is still plenty of action and lots of opportunities for people-watching.

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I went with my daughter and friend and we shared several plates. It was just the right amount of food and everything we had was delicious. It is a great restaurant for sharing so you can try all the delicious tastes.

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AV
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

loved it all. the flavours were great. food cooked perfectly. service was excellent. really really loved it

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TF
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We often eat here before a concert at the Recital Hall. he service is excellent, the pre theatre menu is delicious and that staff are efficient and always have us out in time

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KP
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Delicious and adventurous food; impeccable service . The only downside was that the dark awnings blocked out the beautiful birdsong installation and the summer evening sunshine

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SD
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service with patient explanation of the multiple enticing menu items by our server, Tim. We very much enjoyed the "new Chinese" cuisine that brings a fresh, innovative take on old classics and some new. Standouts for us were the Japanese Salad, the shrimp lettuce cups, Mu Shu Duck, and the entree of grouper fish. Don't skip dessert, our choice being the apple granita and ice cream. Adequate wine list with Australian Rieslings being great accompaniment to the Asian food. A great meal.

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JW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely place to go and fantastic food. Service was impeccable. Only downside is that it does get quite noisy inside. There is always outdoor seating available, will try that next time. Must try: crispy pig's ear and also their pork belly

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RW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great and innovative Chinese food, coupled with attentive service - highly recommended

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J
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were awesome, was my mother's birthday and gave us the best table and service. Really enjoyable food, so many flavours, and good ambience. Would definitely recommend, just as good, if not better, than China Doll.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was very tasty, Sechuan style chinese/australian. We're not great fans of sitting outside, but this was the option for our pre-concert dinner booking, and it was fine. And fortunately the weather was fine for al-fresco too, although, under the large awning in Angel Place, its a very inside outside anyway. So, food was great, service was great, and very quick. We were eating less than 15 mins after being seated, and never felt anxious about whether we would get to the concert on time. Wait-staff were very attentive and friendly, without being ott, and check-out and paying was quick and efficient too. This is a great choice for a pre-concert meal (and there is a small parking discount too for Wilson-Recital Centre park)

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AS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent modern Asian food served to share. The Sichuan Chicken Wings have a wonderful zing.

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RB
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, great vibe and great service.

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RE
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful food prepared with the freshest ingredients. Highly recommend.

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KK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Tiffany gave my daughter and I outstanding service. Very pleasant. Gave us great food suggestions and was just a pleasure to have her attend to us :)

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MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We probably expected more. Service was disorganised from the initial greeting and the restaurant was only 50% full. Duck pancakes were nice though we were advised to use 2 pieces of duck per pancake. Brocollini was raw. Pork belly was nice though they were large chunks.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly service, generous portions and excellent food. The belly pork was truly amazing.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 1

Delicious food but extremely slow service. We had to wave out to the waitstaff and ask every time we needed something. They also initially sat us next to a large noisy group and we had to ask to be moved to a quieter table.

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PE
London
76 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was our first visit to China Lane in Sydney and were really overwhelmed by the innovative cooking and the service was excellent as guided us through the various courses and options . Excellent value and the food was of a very high quality that would certainly bring us back to this restaurant in the future

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b
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

sitting outside with the suonds of birds overhead with good friends, eating great food served by friendly staff and a wonderful bottle of Sancerre. It doesn't get better.

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HW
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved it! Food was amazing and the waiter was great. He knew the dishes and didnt try to sell us more than we needed. Will definitely be back.

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k
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service, will definitely be back!

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FM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent thank you, delicious food & good service

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NM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Sit outside and order the Vietnamese bannofee for desserts.

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d
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A good east Asian amalgam of Chinese Japanese Vietnamese all served with a modern interpretation and presentation.

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KE
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food here is magnificent, we have been many times before. We do always find it quite noisy and difficult to even hear the person sitting across the table. The staff seem a bit serious and in a hurry most of the time.

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BH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Food was excellent however service suffered noticeably due to an obvious shortage of waitstaff. The fellow who served us was run off his feet trying to seat guests, serve food, clear plates, sell wine, get bills ready. He did a great job but I felt for him as it was obvious they should have had more staff, but that wasn't to be.

We waited approximately 1 hour from the time we arrived before we got our mains. Sharing of 2 starters held us over but only just.

I found the bird whistles amusing at first but then very annoying as we sat waiting for our meals.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and the serving sizes were very generous. Can’t wait to go back there again. Great value for money also.

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BI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server Olivia was great in offering suggestions when we asked. Food was great and though the inside was nice, next time we’ll make reservations earlier to ensure sitting outside under the numerous birdcages in the alley.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the food here. A favourite restaurant. We will always come here

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