Sink baos and beer at Sydney’s newest casual dining hotspot
What do you get when you mix casual Shanghai-style eats with locally brewed beer and serve it up inside a '70s throwback diner? Try: the perfect solution for your mid-week lunch or casual dinner. Brought to you by Lotus Dining Group's head chef Chris Yan, aside from being something of a tongue twister, Bing's Bao & Beer is the punchiest new addition to Barangaroo's rapidly expanding dining precinct. More low-fi than fine dining (hey, we're not complaining), Bing's straddles the divide for when you want something that's fast and tasty.... but isn't actual fast food. Oh, and did we mention you can also order beer?
With bao as the hero of the menu, you can choose fillings such as braised beef brisket with lemon aspen, coriander and white pepper; Shanghai red braised pork belly topped with pickled Chinese cabbage; soft shell crab with Sriracha mayo; or fish fillet with chilli jam. Drool. There's also a soon-to-be unveiled drinks menu (Bing's scores its alcohol licence in September) featuring pale ales brewed at local brewery Nomad, wines from Clare Valley's KT Wines, bottled cocktails from Kate McGraw, plus house-made sodas and bubble tea.
More into noodles than bao? Choose from three noodle dishes on the menu, served with your choice of fried pork cutlet marinated in lemongrass; red braised beef shin with chilli and Chinese spices; or prawn and calamari with chicken broth and mushrooms. Add to that, a range of rice bowls, sides like steamed vegies and sweet potato fries and - our favourite - the sweet bun with palm sugar, coconut ice-cream and green tea for dessert.
With only 48 seats to offer, we suggest getting there early come lunchtime. This is set to be one happening milk bar...
Bing's Bao & Beer is open Monday to Friday from 11am-8.30pm. Scotch Row, Barangaroo (near corner of Watermans Quay), lotusdining.com.au
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