20 Jun 2023

Sizzle and spice: The best Asian restaurants in Barangaroo

The Asian restaurants in Barangaroo may be in beautifully restored and new buildings, but you’ll find recipes and dishes here that have been passed down for generations.
To help you discover all this deliciousness, we’ve rounded up the best Asian restaurants in Barangaroo.

There’s elevated Thai cuisine straight from the streets of Bangkok at Muum Maam, Siu Mai fresh out of the steamer at Lotus and delicately cut, premium nigiri at Zushi.

Muum Maam

The chefs at Muum Maam have taken traditional Thai dishes and elevated them with fresh Australian ingredients and a little sophistication. Menu highlights include a whole fried snapper with a sour tamarind sauce, a massaman curry with melt-in-your mouth wagyu beef and a crispy, flavour packed pork belly. 

The harbour views and excellent cocktails are yet another reason to visit - we’d recommend starting with one of five thai-inspired martinis and working your way through the menu for a night out. 

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Old Town Hong Kong

If you’re looking for Cantonese cuisine in Sydney, Old Town restaurant in Barangaroo is the real deal. Everything from the service to the steamers and Siu Mai is authentic.

There are several steamed dumplings to try, a moreish Peking duck bao, and a classic Hong Kong-style egg tart, which strikes the perfect balance between sweet, savoury, flaky and creamy. 

Lotus Dining

Lotus dining serves Asian fusion cuisine with a touch of Sydney sizzle. Their extensive menu features highlights from Cantonese, Thai, Malaysian and Mongolian cuisines, combined with mouth-watering results. 

Don’t miss the Moreton Bay bug dumplings with leek, the wok fried pipis with XO sauce or chargrilled lobster tail with garlic kombu butter sauce. And make sure you save space for dessert - there’s a layered mud cake with rice bubbles and seasonal berries that we can’t stop thinking about. 

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Zushi Barangaroo

When you combine an elegant dining room, the subtle magic of Japanese cuisine and the quality of seasonal Australian produce you get Zushi - a premium Japanese restaurant in Barangaroo. 

There’s elevated sushi with fresh ingredients, bowls and bentos for lunch, bites like pan fried gyoza and a couple of tempting tasting menus. If you visit for dinner go for the $77pp tasting menu which includes a memorable kingfish carpaccio with salmon roe and mango jelly. 

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Silks, Crown Sydney

Silks is classic Cantonese opulence at its best. Dine here and you’ll enjoy a view of the water and Barangaroo cityscape from every seat, plus a menu of seasonal Cantonese classics that honour tradition while adding a modern touch. 

Dine à la carte, enjoy a set menu as a group or go for yum cha at lunch - whatever you do you’ll enjoy elevated Cantonese dishes like Peking duck with Oscietra caviar and braised stuffed sea cucumber, prawn & duck liver mousse.

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The Teahouse, Crown Sydney

Almost every surface in The Teahouse is plush pink or red velvet, pure gold or polished wood. The interior is equal parts whimsical and luxurious, with a charming Asian influence. 

Visit and indulge in a huge range of specialty teas, cocktails and wines or Cantonese specialities like pork and crab xiao long baos or tuna tartare poached in spring onion oil. If it’s a special occasion, book a birdhouse - these lavish, semi-private booths are perfect for high teas, birthdays and intimate gatherings.

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88 Noodle, Crown Sydney

88 Noodle’s open kitchen means your visit will get you both dinner and a show. Watch as chefs prepare heritage dishes over flaming woks with influences from Shanghai, Thailand and Singapore - we’re talking Sichuan cold noodle, authentic fried rice and Xinjiang lamb ribs.

Come for a quick bite, or stay for dessert and enjoy a delicate but delicious pandan panna cotta with palm sugar syrup. 

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Nobu, Crown Sydney

Nobu is the brainchild of Japanese celebrity chef, Nobu Matsuhisa and is part owned by none other than Robert De Niro. Their menu is an intriguing fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, with world famous items like black cod miso, yellowtail jalapeno and Sydney-only dishes created by local head chef Harold Hurtada. 

This iconic restaurant is perfect for a special occasion, or to treat that foodie in your life to something they’ll remember. 

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