Waterdragon is a Chinese restaurant in the newly renovated Harbord Diggers complex that serves contemporary dishes with western influences. Located right by Freshwater beach, it is the perfect place to spend the day with friends, grabbing a drink at one of the bars in the complex before having dinner in the place. When I walked in, I was very impressed with the modern decor.
To start, we ordered some drinks. The first was the Blue waterdragon with rum, blue liquer, coconut and pineapple juice and the second was the French martini with vodka, raspberry liquer and pineapple juice. I loved how fruity both cocktails were, going well with the dishes we were about to order.
To start we shared some entrees, the first was the Peking duck pancakes. These were amazing, the duck was so fresh and juicy and going perfectly with the hoisin sauce and shallots.
Next we tried the Grilled stuffed calamari with truffle and prawn oil. This was a slightly spicy dish but I loved the flavours that were infused and the calamari was grilled to perfection.
Next we tried three types of dumplings, the first was the King prawn har gau, which was very tender and juicy.
The next was the Wild mushroom dumplings, which was my favourite, the flavour of the mushroom was just exquisite.
Lastly we tried the Scallop, prawn and snow pea dumplings which were also a great dish, the scallop and prawn went together well to create a dense ball, while the skin of the dumpling was nice and thin.
For our mains we ordered the Stir fry green beans with garlic and chilli as a side as well as the Wagyu tri tip MBS 6-7 with black pepper and mixed mushrooms. This was my favourite dish of the night, the wagyu melted in your mouth and the black pepper sauce really allowed it to retain its natural flavour.
Next we ordered the Rare grilled kurobuta berkshire Char Siu pork cutlet with honey sauce, macadamia and broccolini. This is their version of char siu and I loved the sauce, which was so addictive, however I would have preferred the meat to be slightly fattier.
To finish we ordered some desserts, the first was the Yuzu fruit tart with mascarpone cream which was a great tart, the biscuit base was crunchy and buttery and the yuzu flavour was tangy and delicious.
Next was the Grilled pineapple with lime sorbet and pistachio crumb. I found the pineapple to be too sour but I enjoyed the refreshing sorbet.
Overall, Waterdragon is a casual fine dining restaurant that is much needed in the Northern Beaches dining scene, it serves great Chinese dishes with a modern twist in a buzzing ambiance. Definitely worth a visit!
Love at First Bite dined as a guest of the establishment and / or their representatives. All opinions are my own.