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03 December 2010 @ 11:03 pm
China Doll  
To celebrate Helen's 24th birthday we took an unsuspecting Helen to Woolloomooloo Wharf for her birthday dinner and erm... made her guess out of six restaurants on the wharf which we had chosen for her birthday dinner. Poor Helen couldn't win and didn't want to say the wrong thing, so we let her on that we were taking her to China Doll (Woolloomooloo Wharf, Cowper Wharf Rd) but I think secretly she was hoping it would be Kingsley's (next time babe!).  I was eager to try China Doll after recommendations from friends about the food and more importantly I heard the cocktails are amazing. The atmosphere was buzzing and it was a full house so we were seated outside along the wharf and though we didn't feel the wind, we did have trouble seeing each other as they had forgotten to place candle lights on our table... which they promptly rectified as soon as we informed them.

After a few suggestions from our friendly waiter and hearing the specials on offer that night, we decided to opt out of the banquet menu and instead chose mostly signature dishes of 3 entrées and 4 mains from the a la carte menu hoping it would be enough to fill our bellies. We started the evening off with one of the specials; dozen oysters with a ginger and lime dressing which were divine and creamy. Followed by the sashimi of kingfish an ocean trout which uses sustainable produce and the kingfish is the "rolls royce" of kingfish from SA. I especially loved the blackened chilli dressing, very different to what I usually have sashimi with. Our third entree was yet another special on offer, the crispy wonton which encased a whole scallop!
Our first main served was the rich and numbing penang curry with melt in your mouth wagyu beef shin. The complexity of spices in the curry was absolutely delicious and I enjoyed every last drop thoroughly with my jasmine rice. The following mains were great too; the tea smoked duck was tender and our prawns were on steroids in our salt and pepper prawns. Finishing our mains off was my favourite dish of the night; the mind blowing delicious crispy pork belly. I couldn't get enough of these tasty little morsels which were crispy and packed with flavour, I think I fell in love with this dish.
Not one to pass on dessert we ordered the large dessert platter which included a black rice pudding with ginger which isn't my type of dessert, a trio of sorbet and ice cream and sago with passionfruit - I love love love sago!! I couldn't resist so I also ordered the condensed milk tart as it wasn't included in the dessert platter, and boy was I glad I ordered it. The crumbly tart oozed condensed milk which was like heaven, and I think I single handedly ate all the caramel peanut pieces scattered on the plate too :) 

Their cocktails were indeed amazing and I did fall in love with the crispy pork belly so I'd return to China Doll again, definitely when I'm feeling a little fancy. I must admit it was quite glamorous sipping on pretty cocktails and staring at the city skyline under the beautiful pinkish hue of the sky.

  
China Doll (Woolloomooloo Wharf, Cowper Wharf Rd
(they don't only serve Chinese food, I spotted Japanese, Korean and Thai items on the menu too!)

  
Lick n' Lychees

  
Sashimi of Hiramasa Kingfish & Ocean Trout w Blackened Chilli Dressing

  
Special Coffin Bay Oysters

  
Special Crispy Wonton with Scallop and Prawn

  
Signature Penang Curry of Braised Wagyu Beef Shin

  
Signature Tea Smoked Free range Thirlmere Duck w Tamarind & Plum

  
Sichuan Salt & Pepper Prawns w Chilli & Garlic

  
Signature Cripsy Pork Belly w Chilli Caramel & Nam Pla Phrik

  
Condensed Milk Tart

  
Dessert Platter -  Black Rice Pudding with Ginger, Coconut, Mango and Ginger gelato, Sago with Passionfruit
 
Happy birthday again lovely!! I know my present was a week late but I hope you LOVE it nonetheless! xx

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Merrillptechnix on December 4th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
Don't you just hate it when you're taking nice pics and the damn sun decides to set on you?

So inconsiderate... that damn ball of gas.
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 5th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
OMG I KNOW and all the other tables had candles on their table except ours! and it didn't make us feel any better when we were the only asians haha
simonleongsimonleong on December 4th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
lychee
looks like really yummy food. i'd love the lychee cocktail as i love lychees :-)
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 5th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: lychee
Same! I usually order the lychee cocktails or the lychee beer at the Bavarian Bier Cafe. They're always so tasty.
vividifiedvividified on December 5th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
omg the food looks amazing! I want to try this very soon :)
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 5th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Mmm I'd go back for the pork and the condensed milk tart ;)
susan thyechocolatesuze on December 5th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
zomg condensed milk tart??? i want i want!!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 6th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
it was recommended by the waiter and it was deeeelicious!!
the-empty-fridge.blogspot.com on December 6th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm!
Love china doll! The boy and I go there every year we have celebrated our anniversary and it's one of my faces! Gotta love tat cocktail list! Stunning photos love xx
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 12th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Mmmmm!
How sweet!
I know right? They have like two pages of cocktails LOVE IT haha
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
www.gastronomygal.com
Looks like a fabulous meal especially that delicious looking lick n lychee and the hiramasa kingfish! Delish.
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 12th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Re: www.gastronomygal.com
Mmm I especially loved the specials they had on offer!
diaryofaladybird.blogspot.com on December 13th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Ladybird
I'd love to go to China Doll some day, and I think I will most definitely have to try the lychee cocktail when I'm there!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 29th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Re: Ladybird
The cocktail list is huge and I'm a sucker for fruity cocktails!
Sugarpuffisugarpuffi on December 29th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
gahhh u take such beautiful pictures!! the first one is definately magazine worthy. really wanna visit china doll~the food looks so good!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on December 29th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
aww thanks hon'! Makes me so happy haha
You have to try the pork belly!
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