Nine Dragons is a stalwart of Sydney’s Chinatown, having been dishing up yum cha as quick as you can slurp everything down for over 30 years on Haymarket’s Dixon Street, famous around the city for its authentic Asian cuisine. There is few places in the city as established and reliable as Nine Dragons, so there can be a bit of a wait (you can reserve a table for your whole group beforehand, though), but whether you’re lining up their famous all-day yum cha, one of the indulgent banquet menus or a quick a-la-carte offering, you’ll be happy you chose this Chinatown institution.
Since 1977, Nine Dragons has been winning over the hearts of Sydney’s Chinese cuisine loving foodies, and if you join some friends (always the best way here) for a meal at at this beloved Chinatown joint, you’ll soon see why it’s had such long-running success: it keeps things simple, but it does them very well. That’s not to say the menu at Nine Dragons is limited – quite the opposite, as it runs the gamut of Chinese cuisine, from steamy pork buns to shark fin soup, spicy Szechuan lamb to eggy custard tarts, stuffed crab claw to juicy lemon chicken. Whether you want to indulge in some yum cha (Chinese-style brunch tea), or are looking for an elegant location for a family meal, or to celebrate a special occasion with friends, Nine Dragons is a standout in Sydney’s Chinatown and Haymarket, with its authentic cuisine and sophisticated setting, featuring gold walls adorned with dragons.
No matter if you’re a meat lover, seafood aficionado, or vegetarian, Nine Dragon’s menu is filled with choices. We recommend kicking off your meal with some starters like the shiu mai (dim sum made with finely diced pork and prawns encased in a thin pastry) or the sang choi bau (finely blended pork mince, Chinese sausage, bamboo shoots and water chestnut stir fried together and served in a lettuce cup), before sharing Nine Dragon’s famous Peking duck. Fans of fish should take their pick from the live seafood tank for the freshest experience, while vegetarians will find plenty of options to choose from, like the tofu puff with vegetables and the deep-fried bean curd with spicy salt. Find out why Nine Dragons on Dixon Street in Haymarket – Sydney’s Chinatown and the largest in Australia – has become such a long standing favorite and book a table now!
Easy to book, great experience. Best yum cha in Chinatown, staff friendly and attentive. Nine Dragons the only place for great Chinese food in Chinatown.
We chose this restaurant on recommendation of a friend who said that this place serve decent yum cha food on Christmas Day at normal prices unlike most western restaurants that charge a lot more for Christmas brunch or lunch. Our family were delighted with the food on offer
Nine dragons has a great atmosphere and the food and service was terrific. The team made a birthday even more special. We will definitely be going back.
A favourite for yum cha! The staff are always super polite and the atmosphere is relaxing. I have come here since I was a child, and the food is always improving.
Good service, great patience with my two rambunctious progeny, and great food. We had a lovely night. Food was served promptly, but not too quickly. The Tsing Tao's were ice cold. And, the trusty favourites (Garlic Chicken and Prawn, Mongolian Lamb, Special Fried Rice) didn't disappoint. It was EXACTLY what I wanted when I decided to book for my birthday dinner.
Nice restaurant. Good staff. Great food. Was a little bit noisier than usual, but it is Christmas time. I take my Meetup group here when I can't be bothered to try to find a better place for food and easy discussion. Love the round tables. We can fit 12 people at a larger table.
Always nice here, we have been coming here for decades! Beautiful food, friendly staff. We walked the full length of Darling Harbour to eat here after a short Vivid cruise. We will be back!
Great food! We go here often for chinese as we really love the good. BYO wine is accepted with a corkage fee of $5 per bottle. The service is nothing to rave over, but the food keeps bringing us back.
Very good friendly service, good location on Dixon street and choice of Cantonese and Shechwan style dishes. Wide selection of wines, beers and teas. Highly recommended.