Time Out says
Hip diners are having the time of their lives with cocktails, barbecued meats and duck bao – and they owe it all to you, Dainty Dowager
Step through the ornate wooden doorway and you'll walk straight into a beautiful Asian-influenced space with intricate lights and hanging baskets, and if you take a peek towards the kitchen, you'll spot roast ducks dangling in the window. A very 1980s Dirty Dancing-esque green neon logo is the focal point of the bar and walk-in seating area.
Along with an extensive wine list, Dainty's has a curated selection of cocktails, which the knowledgable waitstaff are happy to talk you through. The Sino-Portuguese Treaty combines Hayman’s gin, lemon and lime-infused soju (Korean vodka), chilli plum sauce, egg white, and soda. It comes topped with chilli flakes for a kick.
This roasting house does its signature dishes with style. The standout from our selection is the char siu barbecue pork ($18 for a small serve), which is tender and sweet. Close behind are the duck bao ($16.50). Pillowy bao cradle roast duck, spring onion and fresh herbs with a dash of hoisin sauce. You get three on a plate, so prepare for tears unless you’re dining as a threesome.
That said, the majority of offerings we sample at Dainty Dowager are spot on, and nothing is on the plate for show or just a simple garnish to be discarded. Everything's a vital, carefully thought-out element to your enjoyment of the dish, from the last scrap of coriander to the final drop of sauce with the char siu pork (seriously, try that pork).
564 Beaufort St
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 5.30-10pm; Fri 5-10.30pm; Sat noon-3pm & 5-10.30pm; Sun noon-3pm; 5-10pm|