The Eight – Haymarket, Sydney

 You can almost cha cha cha after yum cha…

Tequila is to partying as Yum cha is to hangover! Why am I telling you that? Well last weekend I was in Sydney for a friends hen’s night. What started off as a wild night only got wilder once Tequila made its presence felt.

We knew we were going to pay for it in the morning! After waking up at midday the next day,  boy did we pay in style with an Asian feast at The Eight! 

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Steamed Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce


Prawn Tofu in a Sweet and Sour sauce
Prawn Tofu in a Sweet and Sour sauce

Right in the heart of Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket, The Eight is like any other big, bright and busy Asian restaurant serving both yum cha and ala carte menu. The food is reasonably priced and there is a great variety of dishes to choose from. From interesting dishes like tripe, chicken feet, etc to more standard dumplings, steamed buns and the likes. There is something for everyone.

Prawn and Mushroom Dumplings in a Lemon Grass, Ginger, Chilli and Soy Sauce dressing
Steamed Prawn and Mushroom Dumplings in a Lemon Grass, Ginger, Chilli and Soy Sauce dressing
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Steamed Cabbage and Prawn Dumplings

We ordered an assortment of dumplings, some greens to make up for guilty pleasures from last night, a few other savoury dishes and lastly some mango pancakes and mango sago pudding for dessert. My personal favourite were the mushroom and prawn dumplings with a lemongrass, ginger, chilli and soy sauce dressing!

At The Eight you definitely don’t pay for the service. The wait staff are probably not as attentive/responsive as you would like them to be, but the food makes up for it in some ways!

Coconut Cream and Mango Pancakes
Mango Pancakes with Coconut Cream
Mango and Sago Pudding with Coconut Milk

LSD recommends The Eight in Haymarket Sydney, especially after a big night out! The location is great, the food is good and the service could be better.

Overall rating – 6/10

Price – $$

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