So starting to make my way through posting up all the eateries I visited this year. I almost forgot about this place, not that it wasn’t a memorable experience mind you. Far from it in fact. It’s just it was right at the beginning of the year that I visited China Doll and it’s only now that I’m finally getting around to writing about it.
We initially had difficulty locating Woolloomooloo Wharf as we’d never been before and google maps thought it prudent to annoy me by failing to point the way so I had to ask around for directions. I think more signage is needed, for clueless people like myself. But we did eventually find the place so that’s all that mattered.
Anyhow, the weather was absolutely fantastic the day my Mum, Godmother and I decided to go out for lunch. Naturally I chose the venue of course. I was wanting to check out this place for ages. But we didn’t end up ordering much because my dining companions thought it was pricey. Geez seriously, we hardly ever go out that often together so it would have been nice to spend a bit more when at a fancier place. But no, couldn’t convince them of that. Sigh.
I was intrigued by the tea smoked duck, so seeing as how I love peking duck pancakes I had to order this. Neither my mother nor godmother liked this dish very much which was fine by me as I got to scoff most of it. It had a subtle smoky flavour that reminded me of Lapsang Souchong (smoked chinese black tea). Maybe that’s what they had used.
One of the specials of the day was grilled pork belly which was also served with pancakes. But for the life of me I can’t remember the name of the dish. Though we all loved it so we sadly had to share it this time. Only fair seeing as how I had more of the duck. The pickled carrot and daikon added a nice tangy crunch against the sweetness of the caramelised pork.
To balance everything out we also got a plate of steamed chinese green vegetables that were tossed in a soy based sauce. They were wonderfully crisp and added a nice contrast to our meal.
We didn’t order anything for dessert because we were full and needed to walk around a bit first. But after giving our stomachs a break we proceeded to what I call my ‘Happy Place’. Gelato Messina! Man oh man do I love this place, best gelato outside Italy (I can justify this because I’ve been there). I always have to get at least 2 scoops and sometimes if I’m feeling especially like a guts I’ll have 3 (which is on most visits).
There’s so much more I’d love to try on the menu at China Doll. The dumplings I spied on a table near by looked so good. I’ll definitely be back for those and more.