What comes after China Doll, China Beach and China Lane? China Diner, of course. A huge pan-Asian eatery and bar in Bondi that skews less corporate and more casual than its sister venues.
Kingsley Smith presides over China Diner. A restaurant focused around classic Cantonese-style dishes, but with a heavier sway to South East Asian food. Head bartender Quynh Nguyen has created complimentary cocktails with an Asian influence.
China Diner seats around 200 and is divided into two areas. The section fronting Hall Street houses the long bar which is surrounded by high communal tables and wooden booths. Out the back, things get a bit more formal with white tablecloths, timber floorboards and softer lighting.
The menu veers all over Asia. Small plates like Malaysian-style Marmite chicken wings, dim sum and san choi bao kick things off. Larger plates include sweet and sour pork belly with chilli, caramel and lime; and wok-fried tofu with mushrooms and snowpeas. Cap it off with a deep-fried, vanilla and plum jam ice cream lamington.
Sommelier Sebastian Crowther is in charge of the wine list, big on organic and biodynamic wines from smaller vineyards in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.