Restaurant Reviews

China Lane: Restaurant review

China Lane


2 Angel Pl
Sydney, NSW


Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat 5.45pm-11pm


E $12-$32
M $32-$38
D $16


With its high-wire act of empty birdcages, China Lane looks at first like the setting for an arthouse film. Inside, the dreamscape continues: is this 1930s Shanghai peopled with coolly confidentMad Menextras? The suited-up lunchers are here for the smart Asian eats and great-value drinks. Duck pancakes, pork sang choi bau, and salt and pepper prawns may be familiar Cantonese tropes, but the versions here win in the details: delicate steamed pancakes, juicy duck breast, crackly of skin, masterful tapioca-crusted prawns. The more inventive dishes highlight the kitchen's skill in skipping across Asia, flavours blending harmoniously rather than haphazardly. Raw kingfish is zippy with wasabi and shiso; sticky satay pork ribs are soulfully street style; while chocolate ginger mousse with salted peanut ice-cream is decadent fun. Staff are proficient, polished and adept at aligning the stars for laneway lovers.

(02) 9231 3939

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Kristian Vale

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.