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“Good late dinner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Golden Century

Golden Century
393 Sussex St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
9212-3901
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Ranked #967 of 5,443 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian
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Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
San Dimas, CA
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“Good late dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I think this is a special occasion restaurant for locals. The wait to get (we didn't have a reservation) on a weeknight was about 40 minutes. While we didn't partake, customers who ordered fish got introducted to the still-alive fish before it was taken away to be cooked. Our service could have been a bit better, but we didn't order as much as the other tables around us. The food was good, and a bit more expensive than other Chinese restaurants.

Visited March 2013
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Star707, Sydney
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“Seafood: from the Tank into the Frying Pan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Dining at The Golden Century is a group event. To get full value you need at least 6 people sitting down together. This way you get to have a range of dishes that go together. Dining at the Golden Century is not something you decide to do as you swing by. Even though it is a large restaurant over two floors, it is a very busy restaurant and you will find a long queue of diners hoping to get in at the last minute without a booking. Although this restaurant is quite an expensive dine, the food is just so good that will never be a problem. The seafood cannot be fresher, you can even make friends with the Barramundi that you will be eating in 15 minutes on your way to your table. We had a party of eight, it was Friday evening early-ish and already the restaurant was full and buzzing. We chose Barrumundi, Pippis, and Squid. To give some contrast we chose Roast Duck and a Bean Curd and Vegetable dish. We washed all this down with beer and a really nice Merlot. The restaurant is licensed. This restaurant doesn't offer an ambiance that supports chatting or deep analytic conversation. The best you can do is to ooh and ahh with each other and get on with enjoying the food. This is a very noisy place, which adds to its charm. The service is efficient and adequate, delivered with indifference. The quality of the cuisine is what it is all about, you don't need to talk about it. We had a great time and without doubt, this restaurant has some of the best Asian Seafood cuisine in town. If you go on a Friday night, you can wander through Dixon Street afterwards where there is a Night Market on Fridays. Now you can chat. I usually like to round out an evening with a bag of freshly cooked Emperor's Creamy Puffs which are going to be completely consumed before I get to the car park. By mid evening the queue for Emperor's Puffs will be manageable.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney Australia
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“Very Big & Busy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We came here for a quick meal before a Swans game.
It came highly recommended by friends.

I must say thst everything we ordered was very nice with the exception of the steamed dumplings which I though were very ordinary.

We had the pipis, and whilst they were very expensive at around $70 a kilo, we did really enjoy them.

Would I rave about this place? No
Would I go back....probably not.

I just didnt find it that much more better than other chinatown places in my opinion.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Good but pricey - even for Sydney”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I gave it a 3 because of the value. Most expensive Chinese food I've ever had. We tried the Mud Crab with ginger @ 100$/kg, served with flat noodles, the sweet and sour pork (for our daughter), lettuce wraps, and the Gai Lan with oyster sauce. All delicious and fresh but not worth the money. Complimentary dessert was a nice touch - watermelon and cookies. Service was efficient, all business. The restaurant was full to capacity, we didn't reserve and waited 20 minute for a table.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good chinese food but not for intimate dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is a busy, HUGE restaurant, so if you want a quick,delicious chinese meal served while you look at banks of fish tanks stuffed full of fish waiting to go into the pot, then this is for you. I prefer more intimate restaurants without the view of live seafood. Food is fabulous though. Portions are generous and well priced. You will need to wait outside until a table comes free so be prepared for a wait

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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