Ginkgo is a new pop up restaurant in Darlinghurst that brings a unique and authentic North East Chinese dining experience. Brought to life by Carly Jin and her husband Tim, the menu brings a taste of Harbin to Sydney and we were so excited to come here for dinner and try their offerings.
To start off with, we tried the Ginkgo collection which included four types of dumplings, sea urchin and prawn, prawn and asparagus, mixed vegetables and cordyceps and nokin. This was my favourite dish of the night, the dumplings were beautifully hand crafted and the flavours were just exquisite.
We also tried the first cocktail, the bamboo spritz which was light and refreshing one to begin with.
Next we tried the vegetable san choy bao. I am usually not a fan of vegetarian food but this was delicious, the mushrooms in the mince added great flavour and the lettuce cups were nice and crunchy.
Next we tried their harbin styled chinese wine sausage. I really enjoyed this, the white wine flavour was strong so this actually went quite well with the san choy bao.
The second cocktail that we ordered was the Never Never Oriental Collins which was a yuzu based gin cocktail that had a nice citrus flavour.
After this we tried the hot and spicy chicken popcorn. I do not handle spice very well so did not eat much of this dish but my friend told me that it was nice and tender and the spice added great flavour.
The next dish was the harbin styled smoked pork knuckle. This was another great dish, the pork was very fatty and tender and smokey sauce was delicious.
The third cocktail we tried was the Tan Mi tequila based cocktail. These cocktails were getting stronger and stronger and this one was my favourite, I loved the chilli oil which added a unique kick to the drink.
We then tried the fried eggplant in soy sauce which was one of my favourite dishes of the night. The sweet soy vinegar sauce was addictive and the eggplant was so tender.
The last savoury dish was the soft shell crab fried rice. By then I was very full but managed to find room to try this dish, the crab was cooked to perfection and nice and crunchy while the rice was full of flavour.
The last cocktail we tried was sweeter, the Chinese Russian with dark rum and coffee. I really enjoyed this as it went well with the dessert.
Speaking of dessert, the final course of the night was the Tippity’s Tea Creme Brulee which was steamed matched creme brulee. I loved how light this was, the consistency was creamy and had strong tea flavour.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who loves Chinese food to try out the restaurant. The food, drinks and service was all impeccable.
Loveatfirstbite_aus dined as guests of Gingko and Way To Blue. All opinions are our own.