Name: Emperor's Choice Tea House
Type: Chinese Yum Cha restaurant
Address: Basement, 2 Castlereagh Street Sydney
Opening Hours: Mon- Fri Yum Cha 11.30-3.30pm, Dinner 6-10 pm
Phone: (02) 9231 5032
Emperor’s Choice Tea House is a Chinese restaurant serving Yum Cha and Asian fusion cuisine. Located in the heart of the city at 2 Castlereagh Street around 5 minutes walk from Wynyard Train Station or 10 minutes walk from Circular Quay.
Emperor’s Choice Tea House serves a great range of dim sum dishes daily Mon – Fri from 11.30am – 3.30pm. Their Yum Cha speciality is their steam King Prawn dumplings as well as other Yum Cha classics like steam BBQ pork buns, steamed sticky rice, sesame King Prawn rolls, baked curry puffs, steamed chicken feet in black bean sauce, steamed rice noodles with scallops or king prawns, minced beef balls. For dessert they serve up mango pancakes, chilled fresh mango pudding and everyone’s favourite egg tarts.
For dinner they serve an al a carte menu and specialise in their Peking Duck. A full dinner banquet menu is also available. They have an extensive beer and wine menu with a choice of beers from China, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Holland and Australia. The wines come from Australian vineyards in Margaret River Western Australia, Yarra Valley in Victoria and McLaren Vale and Coonawarra in South Australia, Hunter Valley and Mudgee in New South Wales as well as from Waipara and Malborough in New Zealand.
I didn't even know this Yum Cha restaurant existed until I walked past it on Castlereagh Street. I went in on Monday lunch time for their Yum Cha and was really impressed. All the dishes I ordered were great and very tasty. I ordered the steamed BBQ pork buns (my favourite Yum Cha dish), some steamed prawn dumplings, vegetable and prawn dumplings and some fried rice noodles. Now I always rate a Yum Cha restaurant by their BBQ pork buns and these were delicious. Nice white, fluffy bread bun with a really tasty bbq sauce with nice chunks of pork inside. Delicious. Now I didn't get to try any of their dessert despite the waitress tempting me with some of the egg tarts. I will definetly be back to try their yum cha and will leave room for their egg tarts next time. Highly recommended Yum Cha in the Sydney CBD. I'd give it 8 / 10 stars.