I am very lucky in that I get to work with amazing brands and agencies who create great stuff. Because of that, I often get great opportunities to go along and experience new venues, different events or product launches in some truly stunning locations, just as a little perk of the job.
I was invited to attend the launch of Ginkgo Bar & Dining in Darlinghurst last week.
Ginkgo is located right in the heart of Darlinghurst, just a short wander away from Kings Cross Station, making it incredibly convenient with their late night offering and extensive food and drink menu. Immediately walking into the restaurant, I felt like my Instagram feed had come to life with beautiful greys, soft blonde timbers, simple pottery and flowers scattered around the restaurant. Fantastic food aside, this truly is a beautiful space.
The long restaurant means that whatever kind of evening you want to have, Ginkgo can provide. If you want an intimate dinner, sit in the middle section of the restaurant. If you want to see your food being made or want a more casual dining style, the front room is for you. If you’re content to sit and peruse the extensive drink menu, the back room offers direct access to the bar and high tables, perfect for standing and snacking instead.
The food appears as a modern fusion style, with some traditional Chinese dishes and some I have never seen or heard of before; but I am assured that this is the traditional flavours and taste of Harbin, where Carly the owner is from. Harbin is in the far north of China and so has influences from Chinese, Japanese and Russian styles, making for a really varied and interesting menu.
I watched the incredibly talented men and women behind the open kitchen hand-forming dumplings, a feat in itself, en masse for a full restaurant of food and lifestyle bloggers. It was fascinating to watch their absolute skill in folding and rolling different dumplings. These were easily some of my favourite foods on the day, but if you get a chance absolutely try the crispy fried tofu skins – they were to die for.
The drinks menu is also particularly spectacular and has been specifically designed to pair with the wide range of foods available. There’s a range of great cocktails, spritz and a great beer and wine list with a real focus on local suppliers and brands which I love to see.
Thank you to the team from Ginkgo for having me for the night, it was lovely to spend some time in their beautiful space and I would absolutely recommend the restaurant if you’re in and around Darlinghurst, Kings Cross or Potts Point. Here’s the details –
Ginkgo Bar and Dining
231A Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9380 5556
Mon to Thu 5pm–12am