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“Superb 30-head corporate dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of China Doll

China Doll
4/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia (City East)
02 9380 6744
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Ranked #17 of 5,319 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $0 - $75
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Malaysian, Asian fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: City East
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Superb 30-head corporate dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Dined at the upstairs private dining room - limited atmosphere given the room is above the main restaurant venue. Superb dinner - plenty of food, attentive and lovely staff. Banquet meal sees reasonable value for money which is on par with other similar venues. The view out the window improved once the outdoor blinds were drawn up. Would highly recommend - very easy way to entertain for a corporate event.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tamworth, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“China Doll.Woolloomooloo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Near the Taj Blue, set on a marina, the location speaks for itself.

Have been here a few times and the food and service never disappoints

Every dish we had was fresh, perfectly spiced and seasoned.

Excellent for lunch.

Highly recommended

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Setting and Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This was our first time to Woolloomoloo Wharf since it was done up (we live in UK) so the first impression is that this is a bustling fun place to dine which ever restaurant you choose.
But on top of that China Doll had good decor, a creative cocktail menu, and delicious food. We were a table of 8 and that was a perfect number as we could share lots of different dishes. Really liked it and will certainly return.
Was very impressed by the kitchen porter scrubbing everything clean at the end of the evening. Must be the cleanest kitchen I've ever seen!

Visited January 2014
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Barcelona, Spain
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Didn't meet my expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We went for dinner as a couple on a Friday evening around 7PM. Yes, the views are nice, the setting is really beautiful but that's about it. The tables are very close to each other, and the restaurant is really loud.
It took about 15 minutes before we could order drinks and those drinks only arrived after our first course of the banquet was already served. We had to remind them 2 times about our missing cocktails...
The food itself is OK, not special, definitely not fine dining.
For the price they are asking and the service/quality of food you get, we will not be returning, nor recommending.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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“Upmarket Chinese but not quite fine dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The China Doll is set on the water front with lovely views. The restaurant itself is particularly noisy so probably not the best place for a conversation over dinner. With the dimmed lights its a great for romantic settings but will not suit all. Service was hit and miss and relatively slow with a waitress who struggled to put on a smile. That said, the food itself was good and in particular the shu-mai was delicious. Its not my idea of fine dining however if you are looking to pay for a reasonable Chinese meal with a pleasant setting (a little overpriced) Chine Doll is a good place to go. Its worth noting if you are in a large group and dine late the kitchen closes at 10pm therefore you will probably be asked to order more if you want before you receive your meal.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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