We headed to Chefs Gallery for a late lunch last Saturday. We didn’t have a booking so we quickly headed there on foot from QVB hoping there wouldn’t too long of a queue outside. To our surprise, there wasn’t a queue at all which was perfect. We didn’t have to wait.
Chefs Gallery is one of Sydney’s popular go to restaurants for dumplings. I must say, when they first opened a few years ago, I was a little hesitant to eat there because of the long queue of people waiting outside to get a table. I didn’t really want to be waiting so long but then I thought the food must be very good if people are willing to queue.
The restaurant is not hard to miss. There’s a big signage against the massive glass window. The interior is modern and quite attractive. Plenty of tables. There is also another big window into the kitchen where we can see the chefs at work – as the name of the restaurant suggests – making dumplings and stretching noodles.
Chicken and Prawn Siu Mai $5.90. We tend to order this a lot whenever we have yum cha. It’s usually a safe pick as everyone likes it. Tender and tasty. The kids loved it.
Mixed Vegetable Dumplings $6.90. The mixed vegetable dumplings remind of those deep-sea creatures we only ever see on TV. The ones where we can see through their translucent, jelly like body. Anyhow, this was one of my favourites. It was very soft, almost squishy but the savoury flavours are great.
Charcoal Wagyu Beef Spicy Noodle Soup $15.90. Spicy indeed. Sichuan spicy. If it weren’t for the weather being quite warm, I probably would have enjoyed this dish a little more. The wagyu beef was tender and juicy and noodles were soft, cooked perfectly. I think they were handmade.
Diced Chicken & Salted Fish Fried Rice $13.90. Fluffy and full of flavour.
Pan Fried Prawn Potstickers $8.90. I have to say I didn’t quite enjoy this one much as I thought I would. It was crunchy on the outside, perhaps a little too crunchy that I couldn’t quite enjoy the prawn filling. I thought it needed some more seasoning or maybe some sort of dipping sauce.
Roast Duck Fried Noodles $13.90. I recommend this handmade noodle dish. Wok fried shredded duck and noodles in premium soy sauce. I love the flavour combination of the savoury salty duck and the sweet soy. I only wished there were more of it on the plate.
Watermelon Juice $5.90 ~ Lychee & Mint Juice $5.90.
I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to finally dine here but I’m glad I did. Having tried a few restaurants that specialise in dumplings, I found that Chefs Gallery would be on par with the others. They have an array of mouth watering dishes and I love that they have photos of the dishes in their menu. Service was swift and I think their food is reasonably priced plus we had an entertainment discount voucher on the day which saved us $25.
I was hoping to try their famous “piggy face buns” but we didn’t get to have dessert there. Oh well, next time then.
Shop 12 (facing Bathurst Street),
Ground Level Regent Place Shopping Centre,
501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
T: +612 9267 8877