>> November 2, 2013
Guest blogger edition
Thanks to the people at Waitan and their PR company, I (along with numerous other bloggers) was generously invited to the grand opening of the new Chinese restaurant/bar – Waitan.
Waitan is located in the heart of Chinatown, on the same stretch of shops as Golden Century on Sussex Street. We arrived at the event courtesy of the uberBlack vehicles supplied by Waitan and was met with a lavish sight of Lamborghinis, female models, garlands of flowers and a red carpet. A big show for a big opening night.
Upon entry, up the escalators you can immediately notice the Asian décor with the numerous Asian themed stone statues, a giant ceramic teapot at the entrance, Chinese styled gates and other numerous Chinese motifs harking back to the 1930’s shanghai lifestyle.
There is also a balcony here which overseas the Chinatown stretch below (Dixon Street?). Upstairs are the private dining rooms, some with a private kitchen/grill to serve the guests exclusively as well as the Sydney's largest Chinese dining table – certainly the largest table I have ever seen! Not sure how the people actually reach the dishes on the inside though….
Open kitchens seemed to be the go here and at each kitchen area you could watch the chefs frantically at work creating their masterpieces. The feature section is definitely the duck roasting oven, the oyster case and what Asian restaurant doesn't have the obligatory tanks of seafood?
After a brief introductory presentation, the star of the night started to show - (no, not the ex-masterchef contestants that were there) the food! And oh how good was it! Not only was the food delicious, there was also plenty of it. One of the most well serviced events I've been to. The below pictures show the food that was served on the night .