Following in the footsteps of its Woolloomooloo sister, Manly's dazzling China Beach restaurant has quickly gained a loyal following.
Embracing the relaxed Northern Beaches vibe, China Beach offers a more casual dining experience.
The contemporary and sophisticated menu upholds China Doll's reputation as one of Australia's most leading modern Asian restaurants.
The eminent Sydney designer, Iain Halliday – director of BKH – recombined classic elements of Asian dining spaces, with whitewashed French décor to create the airy, beachside eatery China Beach.
The obligatory Buddha is white porcelain, commanding the eye down a glossy red corridor and red epoxy-resin floor, to the back of the restaurant.
Lanterns are white and light, clustered together as a central ceiling feature, weightlessly floating over the dining space.
The floor, a mesmerising mosaic of Vietnamese stencilled tiles in blues and browns, balances out the white timber walls, contrasting with the whitewashed wooden panels and white-on-white table settings.
Touches of chilli-red were used for chopsticks and tapestry finishings, showing off the classic French cafe chairs and whitewashed vintage furniture.
The mirrored sidewall, the modern streamlined bar and the restaurant’s water view add a quintessential touch of Sydney to the fusion of style.
Under Chef Mai Busayarat China Beach is far from just a design destination.
With a modern Asian menu to match its Sydney-style interior, it promises to be as popular as its Woolloomooloo sister.