Sea Bay Restaurant, Sydney
Seabay handmade noodles is another restaurant that has been around forever! It was my go to dumpling place prior to Din Tai Fung opening. It has undergone a major renovation since its olden days though, more modernized, brightly lit and the place is clean and serves cheap, substantial Chinese food!
I was catching up with a fellow dumplings lover, S and suggested this place as it has been ages since my last visit! We started with the spring pancake ($10.80), two large serving of pastry filled with vermicelli, mushroom, beef and vegetables. The pastry is thin and dipped in vinegar and chili was absolutely delicious! Definitely one of my favourites at Sea Bay.
The steamed meat filled bun 10 for $10.80 (from memory) – five dumplings in each of the wooden steamer. It was still steaming when it arrived on our table. These dumplings are quite different to the ones at Din Tai Fung. They are larger, the skin are definitely thicker, no juice but inside is filled with delicious mince meat and garlic chives. Of course it would have to be dipped in vinegar and chili!
S and I also ordered a side of vegetables, braised eggplant with vegetables ($10.80). Succulent and tender eggplant – I LOVE eggplant so this was a win win.
I came back here a few days later with ‘The Mother’ as he too was craving for some dumplings.
He started with the beef handmade noodle soup ($10.80). I love the soft handmade noodle, it was cooked to perfection and so hard not to slurp and make a mess. The beef I thought was a little over cooked, and made it a little dry.
The pork and vegetable fried dumpling ($10.80) is another favrouite of mine. Slightly panfried on the bottom and filled with pork and vegetables – delicious! I think I ate majority of this.
We also ordered a serve of the fried tofu with sweet sauce ($11.80) – I didn’t quite enjoy this one. The sweet sauce was a little sickly but the tofu was cooked the way I like it.
Great place and its reasonably cheap. Both occasions, from memory it was less than $20 each. The portions are very generous and excellent value for money. Not sure why it took me so long to go back. No doubt I will be back for another dumpling hit.
Service minimal, the place does get extremely busy, so if you have a large group, make sure you make a reservation, otherwise you might have to wait for a while.
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
Sea Bay Restaurant
372 Pitt Street
Ph: +61 2 9267 4855