Billy Kwong rest. in sydney
how good is it and is kylie actually running the show on a regular basis??
it's very good.
the chef and Kylie's right hand is Hamish Ingham (who won young chef of the year some years ago now).
many people describe it as "modern chinese" but in fact Kylie says it is a return to her mother's traditional style of cooking and I have to agree that it is more like chinese I have had at chinese homes than at "chinese" restuarants.
another good place for this style of great chinese food is blue eye dragon in pyrmont which I prefer to go to as it's not as rushed
Don't think I saw Kylie in the kitchen during the last three times I was there. The food's really good & I loved it. Not really authentic Chinese stuff, but then Kylie's 4th-generation Aussie.
It's a real cool place to go for "Chinese" food if a trip down to Chinatown for the real stuff is too daunting for the uninitiated. But they don't accept reservations, so you need to either go & queue outside very early (i.e. before 6pm) or else endure a 2-hour wait for the later tables.
It really depends on what you are looking for. The restaurant and atmosphere is very cosy and intimate, which means that the tables are small and quite closely packed together. I have been a couple of times, and once saw Kylie there (for about 5 minutes). We arrived just before 6pm both times to find a queue outside already.
The food is okay. I wouldn't necessarily call it authentic Chinese food - I would say that is either Chinese "fusion" - whatever that means...or Modern Australian-Chinese. It is a little pricey for Chinese food, but you are paying for the location and name also.