An outdoors-inspired dining destination surrounded by greenery, recycled pavers, and timber tables, Lan Yuan Restaurant offers a distinctive dining setting inspired by the traditional bamboo gardens of southern China.
Elegant and welcoming, Lan Yuan is more than your typical Cantonese restaurant. It’s more contemporary atmosphere presents a casual yet sophisticated dining experience.
Traditional Chinese cuisine boasts incredible richness and variety. Using fresh and seasonal Australian produce, Lan Yuan offers authentic Cantonese dishes with a contemporary flair, which can be paired with a vast range of beers, wines and cocktails.
The service here exceeds the typical Cantonese restaurant experience. The Lan Yuan experience is warm and welcoming; the staff know the menu, and are attentive to one’s needs while dining.
Peking Duck Pancake (4pc) $16
Shortly after a plate of complimentary prawn crackers, we were served the Peking Duck Pancakes. A generous portion of duck meat and hoisin sauce wrapped in freshly-made pancake pastry.
Handcrafted Steamed Chicken Dumplings (8pc) $10
Hand crafted steamed chicken dumplings were delicious. Wrapped with a melt-in-your-mouth fresh dough skin and packed with great taste, I could have had dumplings all night. No doubt this was my favourite dish.
Lan Yuan Chinese Spinach $20
A vegetarian and gluten free dish, this soup is packed with flavour and nutrients, with its Chinese Spinach (Yin Choi), thousand-year eggs (a Chinese delicacy, made by preserving eggs for weeks) and garlic.
King Prawns and Calamari $20
Tasty and crunchy, the Salt and Pepper King Prawns and Calamari are freshly cooked. They are deep fried, not greasy, and quite tender.
Slow Cooked Pork Belly $23
Made with secret ingredients, this Slow Cooked Pork Belly is a Lan Yuan signature dish. Each bite was heaven, the meat being insatiably tender and brimming with flavour. Easily the best dish of the night!
Deep Fried Ice Cream $8
Definitely not your ordinary fried ice cream. This signature dish comes with a twist. The Coconut-crumbed crust is filled with creamy vanilla ice cream, fried and topped with chocolate sauce. This is the best fried ice cream I’ve ever had.
A contemporary take to the traditional Cantonese dining scene we are used to, Lan Yuan is a restaurant to try if you’re looking for an alternative and classier Cantonese experience in Sydney.
Lan yuan also offers Yum cha everyday from 11am-3pm.
Lan Yuan Restaurant
Shop 4005, Level 1,
Top Ryde City Shopping Centre,
Ryde, NSW 2112
Contributed by Joshua Lanzarini