World Square is nestled within a shopping, business and impressive high rise residential pocket in Sydney’s CBD. A relatively new space to Sydney but it’s already housing an impressive list of great restaurants, one of which serves up delectable modern Chinese cuisine in very intriguing and glamourous surrounds – welcome to my eating and decor-drooling adventures at China Republic.
The space is large and over two levels, catering for intimate ocassions or larger functions. There is an impressive bar and even a koi pond. The lighting is dark and moody, with spotlights on a beautiful collection of intriguing decorative pieces – each with a backstory and representing some historical significance.
There were some favourites like fried rice and sweet and sour pork, but not like most of us Aussie know them to be . That is, the pork wasn’t a fluorescent red and served up with chunks of pineapple like most of us have grown up thinking it should be… all courtesy of local anglo-sized Chinese takeaway scattered through the ‘burbs.
For a look through their menu, take a look at the website
There is an impressive list of interesting cocktails to choose from, and the attentive staff are more than happy to oblige with mixing up a concoction tailored to you. Oh, and they are not afraid to use some fire, so you can kick back and watch some cocktail theatrics with dinner.
The process of preparation is long and complicated: the duck is boiled, hung to dry, glazed, hung to dry again for 24 hours, roasted on a rotisserie and then flambéed just before serving. There’s an assortment of side dishes that go with the Peking duck, including: white sugar to dip the crispy skin in, garlic paste, shallot, cucumber and sweet bean paste, pickled cucumber, chinese mustard and purple onion.
I’m convince you can taste every step of the preparation efforts… because it is simply delicious. The skin is crispy, the fat melts away like butter and the duck meat is tender. I could easy finish off half a duck myself!
Usually at Chinese restaurants, the dessert selection isn’t anything to write home about (on in my case, blog about), but at China Republic you should definitely make sure you leave some room for dessert. I was hooked on their mango ice cream in sago pudding. And if you want a sampler of a few sweet treats, they have scrumptious share plates too.
World Square Shopping Centre
680 George St. Sydney NSW 2000
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– Surangi xx