Award-winning restaurant China Doll heads West this September

Steve Anastasiou, the restaurateur behind award-winning institutions China Doll and China Lane, is set to open a new dining concept in Western Sydney in mid-September 2019, with Ben Haywood as Head Chef.

The restaurant, to be known as “Chu Restaurant”, will be located in the new $10 million dining precinct launching soon at West HQ, a leading leisure and entertainment destination in Rooty Hill.

Anastasiou and his team of talented chefs are excited to be bringing their multi-award winning modern Asian dining experience to the West.

“As a sister restaurant, Chu Restaurant will echo the pan-Asian flavours of both China Doll and China Lane, while introducing some unique dishes created especially for the West, made with the highest quality ingredients and freshest local produce.”

Former China Lane Head Chef Ben Haywood will lead the new team at Rooty Hill while working closely with Head Chefs Frank Shek (China Doll) and Kristian Vale (China Lane) to bring the new menu to life.

“Dumplings made fresh daily, Chinese roast meats, locally sourced seafood, aroma, zing and a smattering of signature dishes from our restaurants in the city are just some of the offerings we will bring to the West, along with a few surprises of course,” said Head Chef Ben Haywood.

“A hand-selected wine list will be created to complement the menu and like our much-loved sister restaurants, everything will be designed for sharing and enjoying.”

The 200 seat space will be designed by Bianca Fraser from The Unlisted Collective and will be visually immersive, taking you back to 1940s Shanghai. Referencing glamour and theatre through a rich palette of colour and materials, the new restaurant will offer a delicious Asian dining experience in a contemporary and relaxed environment – just what Western Sydney has been yearning for.

The new dining precinct at West HQ will soon be home to an impressive collective of restaurants, bars and cafes, with another five casual eateries set to open in the next sixth months.

When completed, Chu Restaurant and the new dining precinct will be the perfect location for a pre-theatre dinner or a post-show nightcap for patrons of the soon-to-open, $100 million Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre.

The 2000 seat proscenium arch theatre is set to host world-class musicals, live music, symphony, dance, comedy and family entertainment.

West HQ CEO, Richard Errington, says the calibre of hospitality operators choosing the precinct for their next venture is proof of West HQ’s appeal and a sign of a bright, cosmopolitan future for Western Sydney.

“West HQ is built on four key pillars of entertainment, fitness, accommodation, and of course, food and beverage,” he said.

“All of this has come together to create not just a thriving place for locals to move, dine and play, but an unbeatable, all-in-one destination in its own right. Visitors are really taking notice, and coming to stay. We couldn’t be happier to have Steve Anastasiou joining us, and to be able to offer a unique venue like Chu Restaurant to our community”.

Chu Restaurant is set to be open in mid-September 2019.

Read more about it here.




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