The Argyle Dumplings Bar, The Rocks

Editor’s note: Our contributor, Ed Sullivan reports on the launch of the Restyled Argyle with the new Dumpling Bar.

When Madame Dumpling says, “Do not try to fight temptation, good things come to those who eat and drink,” she means it.

That was exactly what happened at the launch of the Dumplings Bar in The Restyled Argyle at The Rocks.

With the new open kitchen, hawker-style eats, an all-new Asian inspired cocktail list, fully restyled interiors, Gin Sling lounge and Raffles-esque inspired area, the new concepts create and bring a multi-sensory experience from South-East Asia to The Argyle.

The Argyle Dumplings Bar
The Argyle Dumplings Bar
The Argyle Dumplings Bar
The Argyle Dumplings Bar
The Argyle Dumplings Bar
The Argyle Dumplings Bar
Chefs Micheal Nguyen & Shaun Presland
The Argyle Dumplings Bar
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The Argyle Dumplings Bar, The Rocks – Photography by Ed Sullivan for Gourmantic – All Rights Reserved.

Newly-appointed Head Chef, Micheal Nguyen has teamed up with Sake Restaurant Chef and Bar Executive Chef, Shaun Presland to offer a take on traditional Asian favourites alongside contemporary flavours.

Asian-inspired bespoke cocktails by extraordinaire Daniel ‘Muffin’ Mussen were served throughout the night. The Green Tea Colada with Sailor Jerry Rum, green tea, coconut and pineapple and Shisho Malt Sour with blended Scotch, shisho leaves, lime sugar were both refreshing. Imported beers, sparkling, white and red wines were also served.

The most exciting part was the food offering with nothing costing more than $15. A selection from the menu included a variety of Steamed Dumplings such as Firecracker Prawns and Scallop Har Gow, Gyoza with Hamburger and Spinach Shiitake, and a variety of salads such as Tiger Prawn and Green Mango, Crispy Pork Belly and Papaya. The classic Vegetable Spring Rolls, Peking Duck and BBQ Pork Belly Pan Cake are all irresistible while desserts such as Nutella Rocky Road Gyoza, Fantale Gyoza and NY Baked Cheesecake Gyoza made it difficult to fight temptation.

The appearance for the night of one humungous Lucky Cat coupled with the Sydney Chinese Dragon Dance added the colour and vibrancy of a South-East Asian culture.

The new-look Argyle offers a taste of South-East Asia in The Rocks and is another great addition to the expanding offerings on and just off Sydney’s George Street.

The Argyle
18 Argyle Street
The Rocks, Sydney
02 9247 5500

Open from 11 am till very late, seven days a week


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