China Doll is one of the exceptional Asian restaurants in Sydney. During the day, cashed-up power brokers love to lunch here, exchanging talk of falling stocks, hedge funds or property coups between sips of crisp New Zealand sauvignon blanc and mouthfuls of exceptional Sichuan-style salt and pepper prawns. Located on the Woolloomooloo finger wharf alongside a host of fine restaurants, it’s an idyllic spot during the day with water views, the gleaming sight of million-dollar sailing yachts and well-coiffed, lunching ladies tottering past. The Iain Halliday-designed restaurant is slick and glamorous, with a striking mural and an expertly-trained staff, with smartly turned-out waiters gliding about polishing glasses and bending over backwards to cater to your every whim. Though the name suggests Chinese and Chinese only, chef Frank Shek is influenced by all Asian flavours and dabbles with all styles from Penang and Bangkok to Hong Kong, featuring drunken chilli beef, chilli salt and pepper squid, crunchy green papaya salad and delicate wonton dumplings. The wine list is exceptional and at night, China Doll is equally seductive, with the glittering city skyline backdrop and an inventive ‘yin and yang’ cocktail list.