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Delicious dim sum @ Man Wah

I have wanted to try this place for a while now, not only for the food but the stunning view of Hong Kong’s harbour and the cityscape below. Man Wah is situated on the 25th Floor of the Mandarin Oriental, and I was mesmerized by the view when I walked in, but also a little surprised at how small the restaurant was. I can see why reservation is highly recommended!

It was N and Z’s second time to visit Man Wah, they loved it the first time, so I left all the ordering to them.

We started with pan fried eggplant stuffed with shrimp paste, dried chili fried garlic, preserved black bean. The eggplant was lightly battered and pan fried. It was tender and moist and the shrimp paste gave it a nice flavour and the chili gave it a nice kick.

The bbq pork bun was cloud-like and incredibly fluffy. It was sweet but not sickening, it was absolutely delicious.

The har gao (prawn dumplings) were big, pristine and scrumptious. The pastry was thin, and filled with generous amount of prawns. It was scrumptiously good.

My favourite, and the highlight, xiao long bau (also known as soup dumplings) were incredible. I had to let it cool a bit before eating them, as I didn’t want to burn my mouth but they were amazing. It was light, juicy, and absolutely delightful. I love how it was served on bamboo basket separately, making it easier to take out and eat. We ordered two serve of this, so two each! Good call N!

We ordered two dishes that were not ‘dim sum’. The first being wagyu beef with black pepper sauce which was incredibly tender, and succulent. The black pepper sauce was light and not overpowering. It had a bit of a spicy kick from the pepper, which was delicious. It was well prepared and one I also enjoyed.

The second, vegetables, choy sum with sautéed garlic was just simple yet enjoyable.

We didn’t order any desserts, but was served complementary desserts which were goji berry jelly and walnut and lotus-like biscuit. The goji berry jelly was refreshing and light, the walnut and lotus-like biscuit was sweet but not sickening. It was the perfect way to end a gorgeous meal.

Surprisingly, it was more filling than I anticipated. The dim sums were beautifully executed, and were incredibly delicious. I enjoyed my experience here at Man Wah, the food was surprisingly good, and the quality of the food and service merit recognition. Reservation is recommended and there is a smart casual dress code.

Most importantly though, it was great catching up with N and Z. You will both totally and utterly love Hong Kong as much as I do! It was great catching up and I will see you both again soon.

GA’s rating: 8 / 10

Man Wah

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

5 Connaught Road,

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2522 0111

  1. Tom
    August 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Pretty much our view exactly. We loved it and its wierd pink tableclothes and slightly Dallas/ Dynasty like ways…

    We are trying LKH next week so excited to see if that can match.

  2. November 19, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Dear GA,

    On behalf of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, we would like to thank you for your wonderful review & write up of our signature Cantonese Restaurant Man Wah. We are delighted that you enjoyed your lunch with us and we look forward to welcome you back very soon.

    Yours Sincerely

    • November 20, 2010 at 2:11 am

      hey Geoff! thanks for dropping by – will be back to Man Wah pretty soon i say!

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