Mr Wong, Sydney
Mr Wong opened the week after we left for Hong Kong so I was a little sad that I didn’t get to try it as some of you may know I am a huge fan of Dan Hong’s cooking, especially Ms Gs and his burger which I first tasted at Lotus and now at the Fish Shop. So on my trip back to Sydney my dear friend M suggested that we go to Mr Wong for dinner on Sunday evening as you can’t make reservations for less than 8 diners.
Mr Wong can be found on Bridge Lane where the old Tank night club used to be. My how the place looks different – two levels, it reminded me a little of a 1930’s Shanghai tea house and I absolutely love the vibe and the feel of it.
Coming on a Sunday at 6.30pm, we had no problems in getting a table for 3. The menu extensive and for the first time in a long time I let ‘The Mother’ order – which is a good and a bad thing. I should probably have looked at the menu closely but he did order quite well but I definitely would have liked to try the sweet and sour pork hock!
We started with the Steamed Dim Sum Platter (8 pieces) – Scallop shumai, Jade seafood dumpling, Har Gau, Chinese mushroom dumpling ($32) – actually there were no har gau but xiao long bau which was delicious!
I absolutely loved the scallop shumai – 3 juicy and plump neatly packaged in a delicate pastry skin. The vegetarian dumpling was quite tasty too.
The roast duck (half – $34) was a favourite amongst the diners. Crispy skin and juicy, tender meat.
We all love pork so ordered the Roasted five spice pork belly ($25) – I love the crispy crackle and tender meat. Could have eaten a whole plate on my own!
Last but not least Hotpot of beef and tendon, enoki mushrooms, star anise and Thai basil ($32). You can’t see the large tender chunks of beef and delicious tendon as they were all underneath the enoki mushrooms – yum!
Desserts – fried ice cream has been a childhood favourite of mine. I was a little disappointed that when ‘The Mother’ ordered the fried ice cream, the waiter didn’t ask if we wanted vanilla or chocolate! I would definitely have ordered chocolate!
The batter was surprisingly thin and served with thick butterscotch sauce. It was good however, I think I was expecting something more – not sure what but perhaps pop candy?
Service was ok, a tad slow at times. Food was good – your typical Chinese food but I was expecting something with a twist – like Ms Gs. Glad to have a Chinese restaurant in the Wynyard area, pity I don’t work near there – it could be my regular yum cha place!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
3 Bridge Lane
Ph: +61 2 9240 3000