China Lane

4.4
304 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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DM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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KS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 May 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!

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k
1 review
Dined on 17 May 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

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JV
1 review
Dined on 17 May 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

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HL
1 review
Dined on 16 May 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.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 15 May 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.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 14 May 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.

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 10 May 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.

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WM
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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RM
1 review
Dined on 9 May 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.

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DU
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

Thanks!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 April 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.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
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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KT
Sydney / NSW
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
2 reviews
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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