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Bringing Modern Chinese Cuisine to Bondi Beach

03-Jul-2014

To celebrate its opening at Bondi Beach, we're taking a look at the franchise behind China Diner. Each restaurant different in personality, achieve a unique and modern take on Chinese cuisine. The man behind it all is none other than Frank Shek. Born in Scotland to Hong Kong parentage, Shek started his career in a small Asian eatery in Scotland. He followed his love of food to Hong Kong, and at the age of 24, moved to Australia to pursue his love of fine food. Making an appearance on Masterchef Australia, Frank Shek has made his mark on the Sydney restaurant scene. He shared with us his most essential piece of equipment in the kitchen.

If you could only choose ONE piece of equipment in your kitchen, what would it be?

"I'd have to say the Goldstein Vision Cooking Centre is the most essential piece of equipment in my kitchen. You can do everything in it. It steams, roasts and I can even char grill using the grilling plate. I am able to cook a variety of dishes from Beef Rendang Curry to Pork San Choy Bao. The overnight cooking feature is perfect for cooking our Beef Rendang for 10 hours overnight. I am able to cook 8 different types of steamed dishes in the one combi oven with the rack timing feature. I can place different dishes in the Vision, walk away and know that each dish will be cook perfectly. The east-west loading of the Goldstein Vision makes loading so much safer and easier than many other combi ovens on the market.

"The best feature of the Goldstein Vision is its versatility. So many of my dishes are prepared in the Goldstein Vision combi oven."

What do you consider the be the differences between China Doll, China Beach, China Lane and China Diner?

"Each restaurant definitely has its own personality. China Doll is on the more elegant side. China Beach is very touristic and brightly decorated. China Lane is considered quirky. While the decor and menu of China Diner reflect modern Shanghai. But all restaurants have a menu that showcases robust, Asian flavours."


China Doll


Positioned on Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf in Sydney, China Doll prides itself on a modern approach to classic Asia. The décor strikes a perfect balance between modern, clean lines and traditional Asian patterns. Likewise, the dishes are contemporary, while remaining true to their Asian heritage, with dishes including crispy Sichuan pork, chilli salt squid and twice-cooked duck with plum and tamarind sauce. Customers are spoiled for choice with the comprehensive wine and Asian-inspired cocktail selection that perfectly complements the menu. With an incredible view of the Sydney city skyline, China Doll offers the ultimate dining experience.

Click here to see our Photo Gallery from China Doll.

China Beach

China Beach, as the name suggests, is located at Manly, opposite the beach. The second restaurant from the owner’s of China Doll, China Beach offers a similar dining experience. Specialising in modern Asian cuisine, China Beach has created a loyal following like its Woolloomooloo sister. The menu highlights authentic Asian flavours including Massaman Wagyu beef curry and Spanner Crab cakes. The drink menu perfectly matches the food menu with cocktails such as the Ginger Cat cocktail of spiced rum, raw ginger, blood orange and ginger beer. China Beach seamlessly upholds the reputation of China Doll, bringing the experience to Manly.

What separates China Beach from China Doll is the stunning beach view, where guests can watch the waves crash, while enjoying a meal. The interior is very clean with splashes of red colour and oriental theme. Head Chef and Co-Owner Mai Busayarat offers a Thai influence, while maintaining the identity of each dish.  

China Lane

China Doll and China Beach’s inner city sister is China Lane. Located on Angel Place in the CBD of Sydney, China lane offers a relaxed, yet stylish dining experience. The secluded Angel Place is away from the hustle and bustle of George Street, allowing for intimate gatherings. The interior is urban 60’s mixed with elements of old school Chinese mahogany, also described as Shanghai meets Mad Men. But the real highlight at China Lane has to be the various sized birdcages dotting the sky above Angel Place.

Under Head Chef Ben Haywood, the menu is a modern and fresh take on Asian cuisine. The dishes are well-portioned and ideal for sharing in intimate situations or large groups. But with dishes including san choy bau, salt and pepper prawns and pink snapper fillet, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to share. The drink menu accompanies the dishes perfectly with an impressive selection of wines and cocktails. 

China Diner

The latest offspring of China Doll is China Diner. Bringing their familiar modern Asian flavours, China Diner has opened at The Hub development on Hall Street at Bondi Beach. The 220 seat restaurant also features a bar and has been strategically located to fill the modern Asian restaurant void in the area. And it's no surprise that again, Frank Shek has chosen Goldstein Eswood to power the busy kitchen at China Diner.


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