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China Doll
Sunday, 5 August, 2007, 12:17 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Sydney, Dining

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The China Doll came highly recommended by two dear friends, Rita and Donna and was promptly included on our itinerary.  We patroinised this restauarnt on a Sunday night and decided to use this opportunity to treat our very gracious hosts, Louise and Paul to dinner as a thank you for letting us stay in their beautiful home.

Apart from a slightly strange waitress, the maitre ‘d was easy on the eye and interested in one of the ladies at our table.  I, unfortunately had succumbed to the worst case of sinus (it had been building up over the previous days) so limited my alcohol intake – disappointing somewhat as we had some fabulous wines, but I did not want to miss out on tasting the food.  I stuck to cranberry juice – figured the vitamin content had to assist!

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Pictured above is the wall mural inside the restaurant, which is featured on the China Doll’s business cards.  The toilets are worth visiting (love the blue and white china plates as door handles) and the collection of blue and white china above and in front of the kitchen, sparked my interest, as I too collect blue and white china pieces.

We collectively ordered the $65 per head banquet and also ordered the Twice Cooked Duck with Plum and Tamarind Sauce.  Other dishes devoured included Tea Smoked Ocean Trout with Green Herb Salad and Nam Jim, Chilli Salt Squid, Steamed Pork and Prawn Wontons with Chinese Black Vinegar and Sago Pudding with Fresh Passionfruit and Mango to mention a few.  We always treid to photograph our dishes, but sometimes we got carried away eating before we had a chance.  Unfortunately I only have one photograph!

Wines enjoyed included 2003 Château Roumieu-Lacoste Sauternes – Bordeaux France, Gembrook Hill 2005 Sauvignon, 2003 Alvear PX Anada Blancs  and a Waipara Downs Wine.

For five people, the night came to $647.40.  I think this is reasonable for the quality of food and wines that were consumed and we certainly went home very content.  Next time in Sydney, I will certainly dine here again.  Not to mention the city skyline at sunset and the many luxury boats moored at the wharf.  The beautiful people also wander up and down the wharf and make for interesting people watching.

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