China Lane

4.5
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314 Reviews
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$40 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Chinese (Canton)
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Hours of operation
Mon - Fri
12pm - 3pm
530pm - Late

Sat
530pm - Late
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Phone number
(02) 9231 3939
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant. Each plate is masterfully thought out and put together with each plate consisting of contrasting flavours yet still somehow combining to a delicious dish. The service is friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. We will definitely be back again.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, staff were extremely attentive, reasonably priced and seemed to suit any occasion and a multitude of people

CJ
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and attn. to detail, a very good evening, busy but still private

PT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

China lane delivers modern Asian flavors with impeccable service. It can be noisy and is a tad pricey but makes up for this on quality. Go to dishes are the duck pancakes and John Dory in coconut sambal. The menu changes reasonably regularly though classics are an ever present. Other noteworthy dishes are the pork on bao, saikou salmon and for lovers of crustaceans the balmain bugs (served in the shell). Cocktails are also good with a variety of house concoctions and staples such as a very good negroni.

JJ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was tasty, lamb main very tender and delicious. Loud and busy showing it’s popularity. Service was pretty good.

EB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and really unique flavors. We went with our 2 boys, 8 and 11. Not made for kids as it’s quite trendy (and a little loud) but nevertheless they loved the fried rice and steak. My wife and I really appreciated each of the 4 dishes we sampled as each had its own unique characteristics. We were only visiting, and it’s worth a trip out of the way. If we had the opportunity we’d definitely go back to try more.

KR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved China Lane, food was amazing, staff were super helpful and the location is lovely.

DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our evening we have been there before the staff were great the food delicious our grandchildren loved it

SP
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Polite friendly service. Great recommendations of dishes. Lovely food. And what a great location. Will definitely be back.

JM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very convenient restaurant for dining before a show at the Concert Hall. Lovely food in a nice restaurant

PH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely restaurant with great service, drinks menu and the food was delicious!

DM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a banquet menu and the food was excellent. One criticism I would make is that for lunch there were too many main courses. Next time I would order from the menu

JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

China Lane is consistently one of my very favourite restaurants in Sydney. The food is amazing, the staff are attentive and friendly, and the atmosphere is convivial. Thank you.

KS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

China Lane always delivers. Ideal pre-Angel Place concerts as the staff are so considerate. Food is prompt and we were even given a polite reminder to get to the concert hall in time!

k
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

tried to book again for this Thursday 530 for 2 pre theatre
your website said that the restaurant is closed
no help
Kevin Walpole

JV
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Great food ,delicious and well presented, however the alcohol 🍷 is very very expensive, enjoy the food but just drink water

HL
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely premium place to dine. Food and service was exceptional, while the atmosphere far outstripped expectations. The John Dory was perhaps the best and most intricate fish I have ever tasted, melted in the mouth to say the least. The wild mushrooms were a taste sensation, with just the right amount of spice. Adding to the overall experience was the dessert which was easily on par with the rest of the experience. The perfect balance between the tart of the apple and white chocolate ice cream sweetness capped off a wonderful night. Although I made the rookie mistake of pairing red wine with fish, even this did not detract from a wonderful dine in. Would highly recommend this establishment to anyone open to a somewhat different interpretation of modern Asian cuisine.

GL
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My friends who where from Vancouver enjoyed their dinner at the restaurant. One of the waiters spoke to us very slowly as if we didn't understand English, it was such a pity to be treated that way if though we are Asians. It spoiled the who evening for me.

DS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been before but this visit the food was outstandingly delicious. We let our server decide for us and she totally nailed it.

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely FABULOUS in every way from start to finish. The waiter (from England) was friendly and helpful in making recommendations which were spot on, Cocktails were yummy, loved the Tequila, Passion Fruit with Chilie, the Dumplings outstanding (4 per order) chicken wings were crispy with the perfect amount sweet & spicy sauce and the John Dory (fish) amazing. We also had the Wagu Beef for a main course which was tasty but not as tender as one might think. Overall everyone loved everything but unfortunately we were too full for desert which I’m sure would have been wonderful as well. Would definitely go back.

WM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service with even better food. This is one of my favourite restaurants in the city.

RM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Food is tasty and interesting. Quantities reasonable. The service is very uneven - at times hard to get the attention of waiters.
The most negative quality is the noise caused by customers screaming over each other and being amplified by the wooden floor and other hard surfaces. This makes it almost impossible to have a conversation without also shouting.
Noise in a restaurant does not indicate fun or success. It is an impediment to enjoyment and spoils the experience.

DU
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our favourite restaurant in Sydney food always consistently delicious and. Service always friendly and efficient

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Matius was a great waiter and Simon allowed us to change tables.

Thanks!

SB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food and drink was good. Pork was a tad bit over cooked

AC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional. The chef is bold and adventurous. He shared his new dishes with us and welcomed our feedback. The standard of food is outstanding and the portions are generous. Service from all staff could not be faulted. This restaurant is a must.

DT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

JH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 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!

MB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 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

B
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 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.

J
Sydney / NSW
29 reviews
Dined on April 5, 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!

SM
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

GB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

VH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 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.

JW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 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.

A
1 review
Dined on March 29, 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.

AA
1 review
Dined on March 28, 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.

P
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 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.

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 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.

AV
1 review
Dined on March 21, 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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