You used to have to wait until after work or the weekend for the eatery's famous pan-fried pork buns and spring onion pancakes, but not anymore: this week New Shanghai opens in Westfield Sydney, frying up (and steaming, for the calorie conscious) their wait-in-line-worthy dishes for the CBD crowd.
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The Pitt Street New Shanghai is the largest in Australia and has dumplings master Neo Nee (he of Lotus Dumpling Bar, the Walsh Bay eatery that's become the discerning theatre-goers' pre-show essential) heading up the kitchen. The menu will have all the favourites plus specials exclusive to the CBD and a food and wine pairing menu - did someone say Friday lunch?
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The move into the city sees New Shanghai move into Din Tai Fung's territory as the new dumplings king: the chain already has uber-popular restaurants in Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Ashfield in Sydney, as well as Newcastle, Melbourne and Brisbane. Head here to whet your appetite: newshanghai.com.au.