Ni Hao Bar, Sydney CBD
With Sydney finally opening back up, one of the must-visit eateries this year has to be the Hong Kong inspired Ni Hao Bar.
Located in the heart of the CBD and tucked away in the iconic Civic Hotel, Ni Hao Bar takes on a 1980s inspired charm, bringing the bustling nightlife and entertainment scene directly from Hong Kong, whilst featuring casual dining Cantonese dishes and cocktails.
Once you make your way up the stairs, you will notice the venue’s unique design with a DJ booth that lights up in Dragon Jade adding to the overall experience. “Ni Hao Bar is more than just a food establishment,” says founder Howin Chui. “Our food plays one portion of what makes the experience revolutionary. Through the design, food, vibes and unique renovations, our guests face a sensory experience that will leave them craving more. My main priority is to make sure that our guests feel the nostalgic charm of the 1980s Hong Kong years from the moment they walk through the door to the moment they take their last bite of the food.”
The menu features a great assortment of options that will cater to most pallets. We recommend starting with a snack such as the Edamame, Cheeseburger Spring Roll or the super delicious Ni Hao Bao Pork katsu with XO mayo and pickled onion which is soft on the outside, crunchy on the inside and makes a finger-licking good start that will have you aching for more.
Add a small plate to satisfy your cravings with options including the Scallop Sashimi, Corn Ribs or the delectable Salmon Tartare – fresh hand cut salmon mixed with doubanjiang dressing to add some spice as well as salted chilli and egg yolk, served with hot and spicy chips. There’s also the Tomato Panzanella, Eggplant, Prawn Toast or our favourite, Prawn Wonton. Featuring six pieces in slippery wrappers and seasoned with spicy sichuan dressing, it’s absolutely scrumptious.
For something more substantial, there are large plates too including Stir Fry Wagyu Rice Noodle, King Prawn Chow Mein, Ni Hao Bar Charsiu & Prawn Nasi Goreng, Wagyu Chuck Tail, Chicken Wings and our pick of the lot – Spanner Crab Noodle with XO and pork crumbs. Combining the delicate flavour of crab with the chew of pasta leaves a memorable harmony of flavours that may just have you going back for seconds.
Wash it all down with a beer, wine, or cocktail and ensure you leave on a high. With its excellent customer service, unique design, and delicious food and drinks, we recommend adding Ni Hao Bar to your list of places to check out this year.
Ni Hao Bar
Level 1, 388 Pitt St, Sydney
Open Wednesday-Saturday (5pm-late)