Natasha Smith China Diner East London Sydney

Natasha Smith: Owner of China Diner, East London and general legend

There are, in Sydney, two Asian restaurants you need on your list of quality go-tos. They’re China Diner and the East London and they’re both phenomenal.

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If not for their carefully thought-out interiors and quality atmosphere alone, then their food is sure to give you enough reason to fall in love.

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The woman behind the restaurants and a burgeoning force in the Sydney food and beverage offering, Natasha Smith, has a lot to say on the world of food and what she’s doing. In short; it’s good.

“My family have been in the pub industry for a long time… [so] when the opportunity for my husband Kingsley Smith and I came about to buy-out and expand the China Diner brand and create a cool Cantonese restaurant like East London, atop of The London, it was a no-brainer. This has been an amazing experience and journey favourite,” she said.

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When it comes to deciding on how they’ll cater for the demand of the high-standard Sydney consumer, though, it’s a pretty cut-and-dry approach that clearly works for the foodie couple.

“Kingsley would suggest that health is the biggest driver in the food market closely followed by experience. The sum of clean healthy food and a vibrant comfortable atmosphere is a winner. While value is still important it goes hand in hand with the overall experience,” she said.

For China Diner and the East London, the focus is on simple produce showcasing natural flavours, definitive cuisine and great memories. Something they do really well.

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Being in Sydney, it makes sense for Asian restaurants to be a prime focus, but why Cantonese specifically? Well, that’s a no-brainer, too. Cantonese food is varied, flavoursome, delicious and rich, offering what some consider the more approachable form of Chinese-inspired dishes. For Natasha and Kingsley, though, the Chinese restaurant of the 70s is back in fashion with a very healthy twist. They’re about sharing food in a sociable scenario for a young generation and families alike. 

Good thing Australians are as open-minded about food as they are. Natasha says that everyone likes to go back to their favourites and most comfortable food, which is why her restaurants are so great and offer something so well-loved.

“If you look around the world, Chinese, Italian and steakhouses are a staple restaurants [that hold a special place in people’s hearts],” she said.

Find out more about the offering at China Diner in Bondi or Double Bay and the East London Paddington at their websites.

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