Well it didn’t disappoint, the look is very cool Chinese, marble, wood, screens all cleverly put together with intimate banquettes for small groups and seating for couples. It’s all looking very hip, with a large shiny steel kitchen at the back of the room that you can look in to. We also love the large red double doors that take you through to the Kirketon Hotel and the very famous bar Eau de Vie, which has made it into the top 50 bars in the world – have a read of our post on Eau de Vie.
But back to Fu Manchu and the really important thing – the food which was very good at the old Fu Manchu, we’re glad to report is still very good.
We started with the Fu Manchu broth which was clear and clean tasting with the mild steamed flavour of shredded chicken floating through it with melt in your mouth wontons – all steaming hot. Next, Fairweather choose the classic Sang Choi Bao to share – it was well executed and the perfect combination of very moist pork mince and water chestnuts with iceberg lettuce. For the main part of the meal we choose the braised beef brisket which is slow cooked with star anise, the beef just fell apart into tender sinewy mouthfuls and a soft warm haunting flavour star anise, perfect on this chilly Sydney night.
The verdict – the new Fu Manchu is as good as the old and we’re happy about that. It really is a very cool Asian Sydney restaurant with the heritage to prove it – 15 years on- now that’s cool, congratulations Annie and all at Fu Manchu.
Fu Manchu Restaurant
229 Darlinghurst Rd Darlinghurst Sydney 2010