Weekend yum cha has arrived at Bondi Beach favourite China Diner.
May 13, 2022
China Diner has been a longstanding eastern suburbs hotspot for locals to hit up for a luxurious spread of dumplings or after-work cocktails by the beach. The moody interiors are the perfect place to while away the hours, while working your way through the drinks menu and that day's exciting mix of modern Cantonese eats.
The mixed steamed dumplings ($24) are an easy place to start and always a home run with the whole party. Similarly, the chicken and sesame spring rolls with blood plum ($17) and the prawn and black fungi wontons ($17) are certified crowd-pleasers.
More sizeable options are available to share or to order for a solo feast. The stir-fried king prawns ($37) come marinated in XO sauce and accompanied by asparagus and baby corn, the steamed silken tofu ($17) is topped with black vinegar, chilli and sesame seed dressing, or you can go all-out and opt for the twice-cooked crispy half chicken ($36).
If you're with a group and you're looking to splurge, turn your attention towards the banquets which are available for $49, $59 and $69 per person depending on how extravagant a meal you're planning. The $59 option comes with all of your favourites including barbecue pork buns, xiao long bao, twice-cooked crispy chicken and pork san choi bao.
And, as of Sunday, May 8 2022, yum cha is back on the menu. Exclusive to the Bondi outpost, China Diner's yum cha has made a return from 11am until 3pm every Sunday. Carts are roaming with a range of dumplings and buns (the prawn tom yum is definitely the way to go) with other China Diner favourites like 'chiko spring rolls' and chilli caramel pork belly on hand to ensure you have a memorable finish to your weekend.
Updated Thursday, May 11 2022.