Raffles reviews: China Republic

Raffles reviews China Republic Sydney

At China Republic it is pretty dark and there are statues of warriors. It reminds me a bit of the place where Master Croc and Master Ox are locked up in Gonmen City in Kung Fu Panda. I love Kung Fu Panda and I love food so I think it’s AWESOME!

China Republic World Square

While mummy and I waited for our lunch we had a look around. I wished we could have sat upstairs because they have a spinning table and giant chairs and umbrellas on the roof but I was OK sitting downstairs too because there were GINORMOUS warriors right next to our table.

Terracotta Warriors at China Republic World Square

I liked the music that was playing but I found it hard to stop my feet from dancing even though mum looked cross and kept telling me to sit still.

The dumplings were pretty good, even the Sichuan ones which looked like big fat fish swimming in a bath of fire. They made my tongue burn a bit but that didn’t stop me from stealing mums and eating it when she wasn’t looking.

sichuan dumplings at China Republic

The Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs came in a gooey sauce and the meat was melty and so, so yummy that I wanted to eat 500 more.

Sweet and Sour Pork Spare ribs at China Republic World Square

The Peking Duck was the best! It came with pancakes and little bread pockets plus a plate with cucumber, bean sauce and some other stuff so we could make it taste how we liked.

Peking Duck at China Republic World Square

They told us to dip the crispy skin into sugar which sounded a bit weird to me but I tried it and it turned out to be yummy. We could see the chef making the duck through a window.

The Peking Duck chef at China Republic

The nice man who looked after us said that there were three chefs just to make Peking Duck and that it takes a whole week to make.*

I didn’t like the dessert very much but my mum loved it. It was some weird thing with jam.**

Glutinous Rice Cake with Rose Jam at China Republic World Square Sydney

I especially liked the fish on the ground in the toilets.*** They were some kind of movie fish and moved all over the place while I chased them. There were real fish too in a pond in the restaurant but I liked the toilet ones best.

Reviewed by Raffles – aged 5 and 3/4

*The Peking Duck at China Republic requires more than a week of preparation before cooking. The ducks are cleaned in cold water then pumped with air and hung to dry. While hanging, the duck is glazed with a special syrup and then frozen for at least seven days to get the skin structure right. The ducks are defrosted for eight hours at a constant low temp of 16 degrees then dried with an industrial fan . After all that attention they are finally cooked for around 40 minutes in a special oven, then sliced and served with Mandarin and pocket pancakes, eight condiments (extra) and a little pamphlet explaining the right way to use them.
** The “weird” dessert referred to by Raffles is actually a delicious Glutinous Rice Cake with Rose Jam.
*** The “toilet fish” are projections.

680 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph:(02) 8081 0888

Upstairs at China Republic World Square

10 Comments on Raffles reviews: China Republic

  1. Have a laugh on me
    January 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm (10 years ago)

    I have to say Aleney it’s refreshing having a child review a restaurant, in fact for someone who isn’t much of a foodie, it’s actually better than a high tech version from an older reviewer, no offence, but you know what I mean. And it SO does look like the setting of Kung Fu Panda x

      January 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm (10 years ago)

      I have to say it’s even more refreshing for me to get a break from writing and having someone else do it for me… though my ego is getting a pounding because he’s getting better feedback than me. 😉

  2. KimBali Cook
    January 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm (10 years ago)

    Great review Raff! Peking Duck is one of our favourites too.

      January 20, 2014 at 10:05 am (10 years ago)

      Thanks KimBali – It’s the best 🙂

  3. Lisa
    January 20, 2014 at 9:55 am (10 years ago)

    Great review Raffy. Sounds like a great place to eat. Millie and I are wondering if you are free this week to go to the Dutch shop/café in Wetherill Park? Can you please ask your mum?

      January 20, 2014 at 10:06 am (10 years ago)

      Mummy and I would be free on Friday (although my baby sister will be at pre-school) and would love to join you and Millie 🙂

  4. Philippa
    January 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm (10 years ago)

    I love reading your reviews Raffy, what a great thing to do for a boy who loves eating so much and is always hungry! 🙂

      February 9, 2014 at 8:36 am (10 years ago)

      Raffy thanks you, Phillipa and promises more in the future 🙂

  5. Louise
    January 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm (10 years ago)

    Yet another great review Raffy, and again you have added a restaurant to my list of must do things next time we are in Sydney. Bring on the duck!

      January 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks Aunty Lou 🙂


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