Papa Bo Min
Plaza Level Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Chinese fare isn’t always considered the healthiest of cuisines. However, a brand-new restaurant in Sydney’s CBD is hoping to change this, one delicious dish at a time.
Papa Bo Min is the newest offering from the Lotus Dining group, responsible for fan favourites Lotus Dining, Lotus Barangaroo and Lotus at the Galleries. With their newest venture, the team have created a playful and more relaxed version of its sister restaurants, serving modern Chinese food and cocktails in Sydney’s Grosvenor Place.
The name is a nod to owner Michael Jiang’s father, affectionately called ‘Papa Bo Min’ by the Lotus Group team. The menu features some of Papa’s favourite dishes.
The healthy fare is entirely MSG free and incorporates fresh, locally grown vegetables, seen in dishes like the purple cabbage salad, with yuzu, soy and hazelnuts.
Once you’ve devoured those, move onto the share plates. Options include wok-fried king prawns with chilli bean and macadamia nuts; roasted duck pancakes with cucumber, coconut sugar and soy; and crispy skin chicken Maryland with spiced soy sauce.
Dessert sees flavour experimentation go that little bit further, with twisted creations such as the Asian Lamington – a Valrhona flourless chocolate cake with black sesame, Satilla Valrhona chocolate mousse, raspberry and hibiscus jam. The firecracker macaron ice cream sandwich squeezes lemongrass ice cream and burnt vanilla pineapple jelly between two light and crispy biscuit pieces.
The bar is an integral part of the hip restaurant, with cocktail artist Kate McGraw designing the quirky menu. ‘Papa’s Frosé’ mixes orange blossom and rhubarb, and the jug of ‘Kate’s Hard Lemonade’ combines gin, lemonade, fruit, lemon aspen, milk oolong and prosecco. To complement this, Sommelier, Annette Lacey, has crafted an ever-changing wine list, with over 25 wines available by the glass.
If the delicious fare and inventive drink selection wasn’t enough, Papa Bo Min is also donating a portion of profits from select dishes to the Barnados Australia ‘Reconnect’ program, which helps troubled youth with life skills, nutrition and finances. This social conscience also extends to an environmental responsibility: all take-away packaging is biodegradable and to encourage recycling, for every six house soda bottles you return, they’ll give you one for free.