Bund brings neon lights and chilli crab-stuffed xiao long bao to the former Fujisaki space.
July 14, 2019
UPDATE: DECEMBER 6, 2019 — Here's a 12 days of Christmas gift of a different kind. From December 13–24, Bund will be doing two-for-one dumpling baskets. The baskets will include the Lotus Dining group's signature dim sum, including mixed vegetable dumplings, pork xiao long bao, and siu mai . Not bad. If you can't make it to Bund, this same offer is available at its other venues, which include Lotus Dumpling Bar, Lotus at The Galeries, The Gardens by Lotus, Madame Shanghai, Lotus Barangaroo and Bings.
After just over one year in operation, the Lotus Dining Group's Fujisaki in Barangaroo shut up shop back in February. But, now open in its place is the group's brand new concept, Bund: a Chinese eatery and bar serving up Shanghai-style street food.
Hong Kong-born head chef Kennedy Wong and sous chef Chris Chen have created a menu of chargrilled barbecue dishes, share plates and bar snacks, which they're serving up from an open kitchen. Chinese staples have been given a modern spin, like in the kung pao chicken schnitzel topped with peanuts, shallots and chopped chilli; tofu, mustard green and sweetcorn arancini served with chilli dipping sauce; and pork belly bao with slaw and coriander, drizzled with honey mustard sauce.
As is the group's signature, there are also plenty of dumplings on the menu, including the (especially tasty sounding) xiao long bao stuffed with Singaporean chilli crab. To match the eats, the group's bar manager Charles Cheng has created an Asian-inspired cocktail menu, which is accompanied by a varied wine list by Annette Lacey (director of wine and beverage). There's also an affordable lunch banquet — with kimchi arancini and crispy eggplant — for just $45.
The revamped fit-out is courtesy of Sydney's Studio Hiyaku and features neon lighting and street art-style murals by local artist Alex Lehours — along with lots of deep blue, red and golden hues. It's all meant to emulate the waterfront Bund area of Shanghai, a popular tourist destination jam-packed with historical buildings of various architectural styles. The 100-seat restaurant also boasts a central bar and bench seating, both meant to entice after-work drinkers.
Fujisaki's swift closure was a bit of an anomaly for the Lotus Dining Group, which is responsible for plenty of successful venues — including the longstanding Walsh Bay favourite Lotus Dumpling Bar, along with newer iterations in The Gardens by Lotus and Madame Shanghai. So, here's hoping its newest spot sticks around for a bit longer.