Darlinghurst gets a swish late night dumpling diner at cocktail bar
Victoria Street is home to this long-stay pop-up Northern Chinese eatery that's focusing on Harbin (the capital of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province) inspired cuisine. The venture comes from husband and wife duo Carly and Tim Jin, who will be joined by dumpling chef Marble Ng (who refined his deft dumpling skills working Lotus and Chefs Gallery), head chef Zha, bar manager Carlos Hurworth (formerly of London's swish Soho House) and drinks consultant Quynh Nguyen (who's worked with Matteo, China Diner and Luis Tans).
Ginkgo will focus on handmade dumplings with a yum cha menu that diverges from the typical pork and prawn numbers. You'll find sea urchin and baby spinach dim sum alongside and prawn and cheese triangles. You'll also find housemade lap cheong (which is a little bit like a Northern Chinese saucisson) served both on its own and encased in crisp puff pastry and sesame seeds. There's eight cocktails here that focus on aromatic herbs and tropical fruits, like the Chinese Downfall with ripe mango skin, rum, Jagermeister, coriander, coconut milk and falernum. There's also a extensive spirits list and a decent wine list.
The venture is set to be semi-permanent, with plans to stay in the venue for the next year.
|Venue name:||Ginkgo Bar and Dining|
231A Victoria St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri 5pm-3am; Sat noon-4pm & 5pm; Sun noon-4pm & 5pm-1am|