May 11, 2018
Seriously underselling itself with the tagline “dumplings and drinks”, Uncle Ming’s is an opium den-inspired bar and eatery that takes the Asian theme and runs with it. From the red-painted walls and lanterns to the oriental rugs and Buddha lamps, Uncle Ming’s puts you in the mood for a trip to the East from the outset, and delights with its menu of authentic steamed dumplings and whiskies, not to mention the clandestine nature of its underground location (it’s situated underneath a suit store).
Despite the decor, the cocktail menu at Uncle Ming’s is definitely more Sydney than Shanghai, featuring homemade syrups and bitters, and attributed names that tie in with the bar’s theme (Uncle Ming was apparently a sweet potato vendor cum opium gang leader in the early ‘20s). The Chiang Mai Chiller (gin, amaretto, passion fruit and falernum), the Fu Man Chu (bourbon, herbal aperitif, vermouth and smoked cinnamon) and the Uncle’s Remedy (vodka, cherry brandy, ginger and lemon) all demonstrate the bar’s playful side. Then there’s the whisky; Uncle Ming’s has the largest selection of Asian whiskies (predominantly from Japan) that we’ve seen in Sydney, and the sake/plum wine collection is also impressive. The handful of Asian beers (Asahi, Tsingtao, Beer Lao, to name a few) are the perfect accompaniment to the food menu, which features meat, prawn and vegetarian dumplings, crab claws, BBQ pork buns and salty steamed edamame. Credit Photo: http://www.unclemings.com.au/#!gallery/wqngm