As Sydney’s inner city nooks come to life with new street art and the revamping of laneways, we can now add another bright spark throwing light into hidden corners. China Lane – the new and more relaxed addition to the China Doll and China Beach family – opened its doors in Angel Place this week, officially trading from Monday July 23. Bacci Moore in managing and Ben Haywood (previously of China Doll) is rattling the pans.
“We had the soft openings on Thursday and Friday last week and it couldn’t have gone more seamlessly,” says Moore of the inner city space that was previously Surjit’s Indian Restaurant. With the distinctive birdcage artwork already part of the streetscape, it seems that Angel Place is on the up and up, joining Ash Street in making the inner city streets and lanes a far more welcoming haunt than they once were.
There’s a 1950s vibe to the green couches, cheeky lamps and starburst clocks that litter the place – bringing a touch of old school style. “Shanghai meets Mad Men is a good way to describe it,” offers Moore. As you might expect, the menu carries a decidedly Chinese twist, with banquets for $45 and $60 respectively as well as a la carte options such as crispy master stock pigs ear, pink snapper with ginger soy or Bo Kho slow braised Wagyu beef shin.