Madame Shanghai is the new Darlinghurst eatery and bar serving Shanghai street food and yum cha.

Inside, old school elegance and Chinoiserie décor combine with a playful colour palette of malachite, blues and pinks emulating 1930’s Shanghai. The cocktail area overlooking Hyde Park is reminiscent of a Shanghai garden with lush greenery. The 90 seater is open six days for both dinner and a bar menu as well as yum cha lunch and dinner, Thursday to Sunday.

Sydney’s east now has a new Chinese and yum cha destination.



 Much of Shanghai-born group executive chef Chris Yan’s menu is made to share and cooked shaokao-style (Chinese barbeque). The open kitchen creates a heady scent of spice and meat caramelising on the grill. Yan has kept a few Lotus favourites (dumplings!) but says Madame Shanghai is more ‘street’ and focused on the grill while the yum cha menu has had a shake up from the norm Sydneysiders are used to.

The Madame Shanghai wine philosophy is to create a list that can be enjoyed by the glass in our sumptuous bar or savour with our take on modern Shanghai food. We have selected wines from classic wine regions of the world, through to the interesting and dynamic producers that are part of our wonderful wine world. Our sommelier Jason Castle, will offer guidance and advice to ensure you enjoy your Madame Shanghai experience. Annette Lacey – Director of Wine and Beverage

The cocktail bar overlooks Hyde Park and College Street – an ideal location to explore cocktail artist Kate McGraw’s concoctions inspired by Chinese mythology and Asian flavours.

McGraw experiments with somewhat forgotten 1950s cocktail recipes and aged spirits at Madame Shanghai, spending months so far sourcing vintage bottles to play with. The ‘76 Negroni cocktail is one such result and features a 1976 Beefeater gin, 1970s Campari and 1976 Cinzano Antica.


Please note, once your booking is confirmed tables can only be held for 15 minutes.

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18 College street Darlinghurst 2010

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02 8318 8618

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Opening Hours

Monday – Closed

Tuesday & Wednesday
Dinner: 5pm – last reservation at 9pm

Yum Cha: 12pm – 3.30pm
Dinner: 5pm – last reservation at 9pm

Yum Cha: 12pm – 3.30pm
Dinner: 5pm – last reservation at 9:45pm

Yum Cha: 11am – 3.30pm
Dinner: 5pm – last reservation at 9:45pm

Yum Cha: 11am – 3.30pm
Dinner: 5pm – last reservation at 9pm