12 Best Places to Eat in Chinatown Sydney

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Although packed with plenty of Chinese culinary delights, Chinatown isn’t just about Chinese food. The place has everything from Thai and Malaysian, to Korean and Japanese, sure enough to satisfy all your Asian food cravings. If you’re staying in Sydney and haven’t been down to Chinatown, now’s the time to get down amongst the busy and bustling streets for some of the tastiest and affordable meals you can find in Sydney.

1. Chat Thai

20 Campbell Street, Sydney

There are Chat Thai restaurants scattered across Sydney (including Manly and Randwick), but none better than the one in the heart of Chinatown, wedged between two amazing Thai supermarkets – Pon Tip and Lucky Thai.

You can watch the chefs in action with the kitchen in full view within the New York warehouse-style building – a far cry from your typical Chinatown restaurant. You can’t go wrong with their pad thai, it’s one of the best in Sydney, with a perfect not too oily and not too sweet flavour, and don’t miss the fried banana for dessert.

2. Emperor’s Garden

96-100 Hay Street, Sydney

If you’re after simply superb BBQ pork, look no further than the Emperor’s Garden. This place has become well-known for its pork – barbecued, roasted, ribs – they do it all. Their honey king prawns are worth the visit too. Emperor’s Garden also have a shop front on the side of the restaurant if you just want a quick takeaway meal.

3. Golden Century

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney

The place to be for a late, late night feast. Open ridiculously late (until 4am), Golden Century is the king of seafood in Chinatown and the perfect way to end a night out. The seafood is fresh, from salt and pepper squid, to shellfish, crab and pippies. Not to mention they’re open every single day of the year – anyone fancy Cantonese this Christmas?

4. Arisun

Shop 35, 1 Dixon Street, Sydney

Korean food has quickly become a popular choice for many Sydneysiders and they’ve got all the best at Arisun including kimchi, bibimbap and of course, Korean fried chicken. The original or the crispy boneless style with dipping sauces are our pick.

5. Gumshara

25-29 Dixon Street, Sydney

Make sure you visit this one on an empty stomach – you’ll need all the room you can make. Gumshara is up there among the best Ramen in Sydney – Chef Dan Hong calls it ‘The Chronic’ for its food coma-inducing, porky goodness, with the pork stock being made over a whole week.

6. Mamak

15 Goulburn Street, Sydney

An award winning Malaysian restaurant situation in the heart of Chinatown, Mamak never disappoints. If one word could describe this place, it would have to be ‘roti’. That’s why you’ll find long lines at Mamak – you haven’t lived until you’ve tried their fluffy yet crispy piles of roti canai, accompanied by finger-licking spiced curry dips. You’ll also find many traditional Malaysian dishes on the menu at Mamak such as Nasi Lemak and Kari ayam.

7. Daruma Japanese Restaurant

Level 1, Prince Centre, 8 Quay Street, Sydney

This Japanese restaurant is particularly popular among students, with affordable but filling bento boxes. If you’re after something a little more naughty, their tempura is a great option too. But most importantly, people go here for the crazy long drinks list – with a tonne of Japanese beers on tap and stacks and stacks of sake.

8. Noodle King

375 Sussex Street, Sydney

Quick and easy – the food at Noodle King here comes out FAST. If you haven’t got a lot of time, but your stomach is rumbling, get yourself to Noodle King. Their heart-warming noodle meals bring the intricate flavours of the Shaanxi Region to your taste buds. The dried handmade noodles should be high on your must try list, as well as the pan-fried green onion pancake.

9. Dainty Dumpling House

Shop R1.01B/9-13, Ground Level, Market City Shopping Centre, Hay Street, Sydney

This list wouldn’t be complete without a dumpling house. The extensive menu at Dainty Dumpling House has all your Chinese favourites like fried rice and sweet and sour pork, as well as every type of dumpling you could think of. They cater for gluten free and vegetarian, so you can take all you dumpling-loving friends here. They even have a caviar dumpling – how classy.

10. East Ocean

421-429 Sussex Street, Sydney

Yum Cha doesn’t have to be an exclusively lunch time thing. East Ocean extended their yum cha hours with their moonlight menu available after 9pm; beer and dumplings never worked so perfectly together. Plus they’ve got all the dim sims you could ever ask for, and their Peking duck pancakes are out of this world.

11. Do Dee Paidang Thai

Shop 9, 37 Ultimo Road, Sydney

When you walk into Do Dee Paidang Thai, you’ll feel like you’ve really stepped into another world. The menu is in Thai, but don’t be scared – the staff are super friendly and there to help, and that’s why this is such a popular spot. You’ll be welcomed as family and everyone’s tastes are catered for with noodles coming in all sorts of variations.

12. Shancheng Hot Pot King

Shop 8A, 363 Sussex Street, Sydney

Chilly winter day? No worries, Shancheng Hot Pot King has you covered. They offer three choices of Sichuan: chicken soup, spicy soup, or one that is both. Not a hot pot fan? Their menu also features an array of great food including fresh seafood, delicious dumplings, and plenty of noodles, to keep the whole crowd happy.

Get your grub on

The bright lights and bubbly atmosphere aren’t the only appeal of Chinatown, Sydney. Take your pick, or try them all, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your Asian cravings. And if you’re visiting Sydney, make sure you check out Maze Backpackers for your accommodation.