It must be the warmer weather. I seem to be out of the house a lot more in the evenings lately - eating Asian food. Tough life.
It had certainly been some time since I'd eaten around Chinatown - made obvious by its expansion well into Pitt Street. I barely recognised this end of town.
Some weeks ago I met some friends at the handsome old Civic Hotel (an oldie but a goodie) for a quick pre dinner Amaretto Sour (And it was goood, let me tell you)
before walking few meters north to Seabay Chinese Restaurant for steamed dumplings, fried pork, lamb pies, spicy chicken salad and a great little stirfy of slivered potatoes and peppers. This place is seriously no frills and the menu is succinct but what they do, they do pretty well. I think it only came to about $20 per head and the portions were very generous . So much so that I returned the following week with a hungry boy who needed filling. We ordered the spring onion pancake that time and it was damn good.
As my other half is now working near this area I suspect there will be further investigations... so stay tuned.