In August 2021, Sydney’s hospitality scene went into panic mode when news began circulating that one of the city’s most famous eateries, Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, had gone into administration and was shutting after 32 years.

Chefs and fans of the beloved Sussex Street restaurant began posting tributes on social media, holding up the news as evidence of just how badly the hospitality industry was struggling through Covid lockdowns. One person even went as far as saying, “Sydney isn’t Sydney without Golden Century.”

Now Sydney is a little bit more Sydney with the news that Golden Century BBQ has opened inside the Exchange Building in Darling Square, just below its sister venue, XOPP. Golden Century BBQ isn’t like the original mega Cantonese restaurant, it’s a fast-casual eatery where you order from the shop and then find a seat in the upmarket foodcourt.

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It’s serving Golden Century signature roast duck served with rice or noodles for $21, char siu (pork) barbecued over flames for $19 and a selection of house-made dim sum made to order. And there's a side order of its famous pippies with XO sauce for $4.

“We want our customers to feel like they’re eating at a restaurant without actually having to dine
inside a restaurant. Quality is at the forefront of Golden Century's ethos so it's important for us to
ensure the quality of our dishes at Golden Century BBQ reflect that of our restaurants,” owner Billy
Wong said in a statement.

Golden Century BBQ will be open Wednesday to Monday, serving lunch and dinner from 11:30am- 8:30pm.