Mama Mulan is the glam new Chinese restaurant gracing the streets of Chatswood – or more accurately, gracefully looking over the streets of Chatswood from its perch above the Concourse (enter via the lift in the Library or up a flight of stairs). It is contemporary from sleek and stylish decor, through to the dishes on the menu, which weave together traditional Chinese flavours with some modern elements.
The restaurant is stunning from the moment you enter its airy surrounds, and can seat plenty of diners in its generously sized spaces – we are seated in the vibrant sun room area and enjoy the sunlight streaming in through the large glass windows.
We start off our lunch with some Peking Duck Pancakes, which you roll up yourself with your choice of fillings alongside the roasted duck meat and a slathering of hoisin sauce – ranging from the standard shallots, to shredded carrot and radish, red onions and the unexpected option of rockmelon.
Peking Duck Pancakes, $24
Then we moved onto some classic Pork Xiao Long Bao dumplings, which were delicately wrapped in a thin skin with piping hot soup inside with the pork filling. The skin on these dumplings were just a bit too thin, as they could barely be touched without the soup gushing out into the bamboo steamer.
Pork Xiao Long Bao, $10.50
We also enjoyed the Prawn Pot Stickers, which were filled with high quality, juicy prawns and fried to crispy perfection – though they were fairly expensive for a relatively small serve of dumplings.
Prawn Pot Stickers, $15.50
For our shared mains, we went with the Dan Dan Noodle Soup which was an appetising dish full of spicy, savoury flavours soaked up by the springy noodles and pork mince. The Garlic Ribs we got on the side were also addictive, but were quite large chunks that weren’t the easiest to navigate gracefully at the table.
Dan Dan Noodle Soup with Pork, Chilli and Peanut Sauce, $15.50 + Garlic Ribs, $4
The Zha Jiang Noodles weren’t quite as tasty as the Dan Dan Noodle Soup, but are a decent option for those who prefer their noodles without fiery chilli. We enjoyed the Crispy Chicken slices on the side, which we actually made into pancakes with the leftover pancakes and hoisin sauce from the Peking Duck Pancake starter.
Zha Jiang Noodles with Soy Bean, Pork and Cucumber, $15.50 + Crispy Chicken, $4
We are fans of the luxe decor at Mama Mulan which transports you far away from the bustle of the Chatswood streets and allows you to enjoy authentic Chinese dishes in upmarket surrounds. There’s plenty of space for groups in the restaurant, which makes it a fantastic, premium option for family get togethers.
The Concourse, Level 1 above Willoughby City Library, Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (02) 9157 1488